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Why Dogs are Great for Security Purposes

There are so many options out there today when it comes to home, office and general security. The huge amount of development in technology within the security world can be quite overwhelming, but what about the more traditional options? Dogs have proved to be a fail-safe option for security for a long time, and continue to do so. They can be a far more personable choice of security alarms or alert, and provide a number of health and well-being benefits to their owners.


Beneficial Characteristics of Dogs

Reaction Time of Dogs

There’s no denying a dog’s ability to react quickly. This can prove to be particularly useful if they are working dogs in the security field, especially if you chose the right kind of dog. Whilst all dogs are known to have quick reactions of barking or snooping to see who’s around, there are certain breeds that are infamous for their protective qualities.

These kind of canines have the ability to be security alarms, but with the fur factor. A dog’s natural curiosity means that any strangers, unusual noises or movements will be immediately sniffed out and barked at, if necessary. The right breed can be incredibly reliable and intelligent enough to evaluate situations properly.

Dogs are Natural Weapons

Even if it is a case of the dog having a bark worse than its bite, dogs still provide a threat of physical harm with their intimidating blend of growls, strong jaws and sharp claws. Criminals won’t be able to differentiate between a guard dog that’s “all talk” and a guard dog that will bite or attack, so will naturally assume the latter.

There really is no doubt that dogs act as effective deterrents to criminals. Not only do these dogs look and sound quite intimidating, but trained security dogs are also fit enough to out-run most people. There’s very little point in attempting to run away from a security dog, as this will only enhance their suspicions and perhaps their aggression, and they will run faster.


They’re not called man’s best friend for nothing; dogs are incredibly loyal creatures, which is why they are such popular household pets, as well as guard animals. With this loyalty comes a protective quality – a combination that is rarely matched in other animal species.

Dogs are great for personal security and property security, as well as detection, thanks to their extraordinary sense of smell. There’s no doubt that they make fantastic companions for pet owners and police guards alike.


Dogs are incredibly intelligent animals. They have an ability to pick up on our voices and body languages to translate a situation or emotion, and are even more capable when they’ve been trained properly.

They put this skill of theirs to good use and are able to sense when things are not quite right, whether with a person or with a situation. Dogs can detect danger, and the breeds that are chosen to be security dogs aren’t afraid to do something about it.


Of course, there are the privileges for the dog’s owners too.  Not only will the dog handler (whether that be for domestic or professional purposes) feel confident and less vulnerable with them by their side, but the dog’s upbeat and proactive ways will have a positive effect on them too.

Owners will start to pick up on the dog’s ways; the ability to read their actions as well as picking up on their energy. All canines – particularly security dogs – have to be kept fit and exercised regularly.


Another definite plus-point of any dog-handler is the stress relief attained by simply having a dog around you. Simply petting them can boost endorphins in your body, enhancing your mood and reducing your stress levels.

It’s not only the comfort of feeling safer with them on a lead by your side, but dogs are also proven to scientifically aid your health by lowering your blood pressure and lowering your cholesterol too.