Primal Home Security System for a Depressed Economy

Monday, December 31, 2012
Posted in category Dogs

I recently read this 2006 article from Mother Earth News: “The Best Guard Dog for Your Homestead.” The article discusses the innate talents of different dogs depending upon the duty that is desired from them.

I recently installed a new home security system in the form of a large, purebred German Shepherd. Just out of her puppy years, she had been found as a stray in the streets. No one knows why such a beautiful and elegant dog was out and about, but I suspect her release may have been intentional because she came to me with an awful, gasping upper respiratory infection and a relentless dry skin/itching problem. Spending a little dough on two rounds of antibiotics and a supply of Omega-3 fish oil cured her maladies. Six weeks after her adoption, the cost-benefit analysis has weighed far in my favor. Sure, an ADT home security system might work well, too, and I could spare the expense of an ample supply of cookies, people meat, and soup bones. But ADT wouldn’t roam the boundaries of my homestead letting others know who’s the boss.

Depending on whose rankings you read, the German Shepherd is always ranked at or near the top as both a watch dog and a guard dog. These depressed economic times make crime attractive for seasoned criminals as well as marginal folks who are in need of what others have that they cannot afford. Like gold/silver, some food and water storage, and other prepper items, a solid canine security system is a value-added amenity. One online snippet aptly describes this dog:

This breed has a personality marked by direct, fearless willingness to protect human children. The dog must be approachable, quietly standing its ground and showing confidence and willingness to meet overtures without itself making them. It is poised, but when the occasion demands, eager and alert; both fit and willing to serve in its capacity as a companion and watchdog.

A couple of years ago, I came home to cops and neighbors standing in my front yard, and a rear window pane that had been mangled. I doubt if the criminal ever got far enough through the window to plant his feet on the floor. Perhaps the bandit spied a neighbor, but most likely, the dual alarm system (a Shepherd-Husky and a Chocolate Lab) turned him around quickly.

I am fortunate that this dog is not only a sweet and loyal pet, but she is training beautifully as a protective watchdog that can turn on a stranger when necessary. She has all the noble traits of a Shepherd: great with children, loving and playful, loyal and elegant, and composed. She also has very keen powers of observation. And she does not tolerate people coming in between her and her owner or grazing the outside of her property. A few days ago, much to my satisfaction, the sight of her rushing the fence and barking sent a stranger (next-door house hunter) scurrying to his car in fear.

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13 Responses to Primal Home Security System for a Depressed Economy

  1. Michael Pizolato (@PizSez) says:

    December 31st, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    Oy! It’s 2013 in 0bama’s Amerika! How dare you have an armed assault dog! It’s time for a national conversation! Or something. Guns don’t kill people, dogs do! With doggie doo! You should get detention … um … be arrested … just for posting that picture of a weapon like that!

    And while you’re at it, get rid of all that glass in your windows – imagine the horror if your burglar had cut himself on it! For shame!

  2. Paul says:

    December 31st, 2012 at 9:28 pm

    A dog doesn’t need to be big and bad to be an outstanding watch dog.  My little Sheltie scared off a would be home invasion, they hit my next door neighbor instead. 

    He had a cat. 

  3. Mario says:

    January 1st, 2013 at 1:21 am

    “People meat” has interesting connotations, which I only realized on my second reading…

    Anyway, my problem with the four-footed security system is that I’d just about rather have anything in the house stolen, and my 3 dogs unharmed than the reverse. The house is just where I keep my stuff, and all of it is replacable (other than some sentimential junk I probably shouldn’t be keeping anyway). OTOH, several of my neighbors’ houses have had break-ins or attempts, and — who knows? it may be the dogs that have already saved the house on multiple occasions.

  4. Karen De Coster says:

    January 1st, 2013 at 10:43 am

    Paul – difference between a watch dog and a guard dog.

  5. Karen De Coster says:

    January 1st, 2013 at 10:44 am

    What a great term: assault dog.

  6. jeannie queenie says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 1:16 am

    “Assault dog”…isn’t that what drug dealers mainly use as their weapon of choice to scare the beejesus out of those they prey on? I say there is something even better than a man with a gun or a dog in his house. Listen to what James Madison under the pseudonym Publius, had to say about men being able to protect themselves. I love how he has made it appear that we should be armed so as to give extra protection to any who would make an assault on the gov’t or country in general, thus, making it look like we are protecting and aiding the feds…fancy that.. Federalist No. 46.
    From Wikipedia, I quote the following…..

    “Madison stresses that the federal and state governments are two totally different agencies. He articulates they are separate yet can collaborate, and that the power lies in the people. The natural attachment of the people will always be to the governments of their respective states, so the federal government must be, in a sense, EXTRAordinarily congenial to the people.

    In an effort to further dissuade fears over a national military force, Madison indicates that, at any point, the maximum force that can be brought to bear by the government to enforce its mandates is but a SMALL fraction of the might of an armed citizenry:’

    Let a regular army, fully equal to the resources of the country, be formed; and let it be entirely at the devotion of the federal government; still it would not be going too far to say, that the State governments, with the people on their side, would be able to REPEL the DANGER. The highest number to which, according to the best computation, a standing army can be carried in any country, does not exceed one hundredth part of the whole number of souls; or one twenty-fifth part of the number able to bear arms. This proportion would not yield, in the United States, an army of more than twenty-five or thirty thousand men. To these would be opposed a militia amounting to near half a million of citizens with arms in their hands, officered by men chosen from among themselves, fighting for their common liberties, and united and conducted by governments possessing their affections and confidence. It may well be doubted, whether a militia thus circumstanced could ever be conquered by such a proportion of regular troops.”

    Although reports have it we are at the lowest crime rates in the US in a long time, I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one with what is in store. As for security systems,screw that, for it’s known that too many of them who sell said security systems can be the very perps who can enter your home..and dogs can always be given a fresh pc of meat that’s poisoned.

  7. John Venlet says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 8:50 am

    Karen, from what I can see by your pic, you’ve acquired one great looking dog.

  8. Pam Maltzman says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 am

    I’m envious. My favorite breeds are Rough Collie and German Shepherd. I’m 59, but so far haven’t been able to afford a place where I could have a dog, although I do have 6 cats. We hope to flee California permanently well before the end of 2013 for Northern Arizona, where the living is less expensive. If we can find a place which will allow a dog, I would be ecstatic to have a dog again. There are several other breeds I’d consider, but NOT a pitbull. No way. Have just read too many stories about them attacking people and other animals. In the meantime, Karen, I’m envious that you get to have a purebred German Shepherd!

  9. Karen De Coster says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    John – she’s my lucky pooch.

  10. mindy says:

    January 2nd, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    excellent choice. I have an 11 yr sheperd. You can’t beat a sheperd for both intelligence and intimidation. We bought abullmastiff/ dogue de bordeaux mix last spring. Very sweet dog with a nice big voice but a little dull witted. Oh well. He doesn’t shed half as much.

  11. Pam Maltzman says:

    January 4th, 2013 at 4:28 am

    The people who own the place where I buy the better cat food raise Golden Retrievers, and what sweethearts those dogs are. I don’t know how good they are as guard dogs, but I enjoy petting them when I shop there.

  12. Jimmy Lock says:

    April 28th, 2013 at 9:03 am

    I personally have a garage in philadelphia, and we have 3 german shepherds guarding the lot. We have a security system there and we can see how the dogs have deterred potential break ins multiple times. Amazing dogs, great security, and cheap too :) 

  13. Wolfsbane K9 | Personal Protection Dog says:

    August 24th, 2013 at 2:53 am

    Your job towards having a personal protection dog should start from realizing the temperament of dog. All dog breeds have unique qualities to adjust as a family dog. However, most of the smaller breeds are not the best choice for serving the families as guard dogs plus Dogs for Personal Protection. The larger breeds, such as Belgian Malignois and German Shepherd,  are good for serving in both these departments however. 

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