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Some homeowners might be surprised to learn that top security products and gadgets, coupled with a guard dog’s protective nature can prove to be one of the most effective deterrents for would-be burglars.
These animals innately recognize the social hierarchy of their environment, and will respond with devotion to whoever they perceive as “master.” The ancient Greeks, Babylonians and Assyrians were the first cultures to rely on dogs as protection. Since then, numerous canines have been specifically bred for this purpose.
Often, your household’s greatest defense is a highly trained and keenly alert canine. In fact, 65% of convicted crooks affirm that a large, intimidating dog would have scared them away.
In 1899, German Shepherds became the original “watch dogs,” and they remain among the most sought-after breeds in the U.S. today. As this concept of protective pooches entered mainstream consciousness, around the early twentieth century, police departments and military branches trained German Shepherds to perform tracking functions.
The NYPD discovered that a dog’s sense of smell is at least 10,000 times more accurate than a human’s, so in 1907, the nation’s first K9 law enforcement unit was launched on the streets of New York City. These furry police officers work 6-8 years on the force and typically specialize in narcotics, explosives or cadaver detection. Each canine is assigned a human handler, whom the dog will communicate with by pawing (i.e. used for drugs) or sitting (i.e. used for bombs) beside the spot where it pinpointed a suspicious scent.
Due to their finely tuned noses, steadfast loyalty and safeguarding instincts, dogs also assist military troops on the front-lines. American armed forces currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan can locate an estimated 50% of improvised explosive devices (IED), whereas dogs can find up to 80%. In addition, they can search an area four times faster than a human, while covering more ground. For these reasons, canines are considered superior bomb detectors - outperforming even the latest technological advancements.
When choosing a protective pooch, there is no “one-size-fits-all” approach. In fact, these animals are grouped into several different classifications, so it’s important to know which dog will complement your household needs most effectively.
Aptly called “man’s best friend,” these faithful guardians will leap into action at the slightest whiff of danger. Plus, besides keeping their owners safe from harm, dogs provide unrivaled affection for the whole family.
Does your furry companion double as home security? We’d love to hear about your experiences in the comments below.