13 home security tips for dog owners

Posted August 15th, 2023 by SimpliSafe

National Dog Day is the perfect opportunity to show our love for our furry friends and take responsibility for their safety and well-being at home. Dogs are not mere pets but also cherished family members who rely on us for protection, love and companionship. So to create a dog-friendly home, it goes beyond showering them with love and care; it involves providing a secure and safe environment for them to thrive in.

In this blog post, we’ll share vital safety tips to safeguard our canine companions, as well as keep our minds at peace if we ever need to leave our beloved friend at home for a couple of hours. From improving home security measures for your dog to general safety guidelines, let’s explore how to create a safe haven that ensures our dogs' happiness and health!

General home security tips for dog owners

1. Keep openings to your home secure

Whilst dogs can’t jump as high as cats (debatable for some breeds), it’s always worth keeping windows and gates secure. The same goes for any other opening into your home such as front and back doors. 

Our canine companions can be naturally inquisitive, and their playful nature might lead them to explore beyond the confines of our homes. By investing in sturdy locks and well-maintained latches for doors and windows, we can prevent accidental escapes and keep our beloved pets safely indoors. Similarly, securing openings like balconies and fences guarantees that our dogs cannot slip through or climb over, safeguarding them from potential accidents or injuries.

From a safety perspective, if you’re leaving your dog alone whilst you nip out for a little while, fitting entry sensors on openings to your home can sound an alarm if any are opened. They’re fitted with tiny magnets that detect when a door or window opens, so if the magnet moves more than a couple of inches from the sensor, an alarm will sound which can potentially alert surrounding neighbours too.

2. Keep microchip and collar contact information up to date

As with cats, dogs can wander just that bit too far, or worse, be taken without your consent. With updated microchip and collar contact information, you’re more likely to succeed in finding and retrieving your dog in the unfortunate event they’re lost or stolen. 

Want to keep a close eye on your dog? Our smart wireless indoor camera is perfect for keeping an eye on your home (and dog) whilst you’re away. As they’re wireless, it means they can be placed in more spots around your home, including those that your furry friend loves to hide in. With our mobile app, you can quickly check and see what they’re up to!

3. Invest in plants wisely

Dogs are allergic to common plants like daffodils, eucalyptus and many more unsuspecting ones that are often found in homes. Always do your research before investing in some new plant decor for your home to ensure they’re dog-friendly. If in doubt, get a few fake plants to decorate your space with instead.

4. Keep your house clean and tidy

When you own a dog, keeping your house clean and tidy becomes especially important, especially as most dogs shed fur and dander, which may trigger allergies in some individuals. In terms of your own health, it’s important to keep up with regular cleaning to reduce allergens and ensure a healthier living space for everyone. Plus, our canine companions can bring in dirt, mud, and debris from outside, which can create messes and compromise hygiene. 

Besides hygiene for our sake, it’s also important for your pooch! A tidy living space minimises the risk of your dog ingesting harmful objects, chemicals or other toxic substances. Proper cleaning and organisation also enable swift cleanup of any accidents or spills that a curious dog may accidentally lick up - something you definitely don’t want to happen!

5. Maintain a suitable temperature for you and your dog

It's important to keep a comfortable indoor temperature when you have a dog at home. Like us, dogs are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures. If it's too hot, they can overheat and even get sick. If it's too cold, they may shiver and feel uncomfortable. As responsible pet owners, it's our job to take care of their needs, and providing an optimal indoor environment is one way we can do that. 

Temperature sensors can be useful, especially in the unfortunate event you have a pipe burst that causes temperatures to drop suddenly.  Plus, with our temperature sensors, you can also set an upper-temperature limit that can alarm you in the event that it’s too warm for your pooch.

6. Install motion sensors

Worried your dog might trigger a false alarm? Fortunately, our motion sensors can tell the difference between humans and pets - meaning in the unfortunate event there’s an intruder in your home, they’ll sound an alarm right away. Here are some tips from us to ensure your dog doesn’t trigger your home security system:

  1. Turn the motion sensor upside down with the test button facing towards the floor.

  2. Fix this to the wall at around 4-5 ft high - make sure it’s out of reach of your dog if they go on their hind legs!

7. Install a smoke detector

Dog theft is one concern, but smoke detectors play a vital role in keeping you, your home, and your furry companions safe too. SimpliSafe’s smoke detectors are specifically designed to detect the faintest wisp of smoke, which can indicate a fire breaking out in your home. In the unfortunate event of a fire, our sensitive smoke detectors will sound an alarm, giving you valuable time to evacuate with your dog before things go awry.

Even when you are away from home, you can rest assured that your dog is being watched over by the smoke detectors. If a fire starts, the loud noise from the smoke detector can alert your neighbours, who can then call for help and potentially rescue your pets. Smoke detectors provide constant vigilance, ensuring the safety of your canine companion, no matter the circumstances.

Garden security tips for your dog

1. Fix up fences and gates

When it comes to keeping your pooch safe in the garden, ensure your garden fences and gates are secure. Like cats, dogs can be relatively curious, especially if they find any weak spots or gaps in the fence - they may dig and try to escape! To avoid this, it's a good idea to regularly inspect and maintain your fencing. The same goes for your gates too - and if there are some bolts loose or your locks are questionable, then it’s time to give them an upgrade to secure your garden and keep your dog in.

2. Stowe toxic plants out of sight

Similarly to cats, it's crucial to be mindful of the plants we choose to grow if we own dogs. Some plants can be harmful to dogs if ingested. So, before you plant anything new, do a quick check to ensure it's dog-friendly. And if you already have dog-safe plants, remember to use natural pest control methods instead of harmful pesticides to keep unwanted critters away. If you absolutely must grow specific plants, fruits and vegetables - then consider a greenhouse that you can keep secure from your dog.

3. Make outdoor playtime safe

It’s highly recommended to supervise your dog's outdoor playtime. Keep a close eye on them and be aware of any potential hazards or prying neighbours. If you can't be present all the time, consider using our outdoor cameras. With our mobile app, you can watch your dog and record any attempts of dog theft for added security.

4. Check for hiding spots in your garden

Dogs are experts at finding small spaces to crawl into. Before letting your dog roam freely in the garden, do a thorough check to identify any potential hiding spots. Look out for areas with machinery like lawnmowers or spaces with heavy or sharp objects. An outdoor camera can really help here too - especially if you suspect your dog may be hiding in a place they shouldn’t.

5. Create shaded areas for your dog to retreat to

During hot weather, it's a good idea to provide shaded areas in your garden where your dog can escape from the sun. Designate shaded zones within your garden to help your dog stay cool on sunny days. Consider incorporating dog-friendly outdoor structures like a dog kennel they can hide into.

6. Compost with care

Just like with cats, dogs may rummage through the compost bin if they catch the scent of leftover food. Some of these food scraps can be harmful to dogs if ingested. To avoid any risks, store your compost bin securely in a location that can be tightly fastened, out of your dog's reach.

Want to incorporate a robust home security system? Shop our range of home security packages or build your home security system with SimpliSafe. If you have any queries or would like some further tips and tricks for using SimpliSafe home security with pets, please don’t hesitate to contact our dedicated customer support team.