Security systems help keep your home safe. Many people have taken the initiative to have a security system installed for protection and peace of mind. These systems can have motion sensors, window and door alarms, electric fences, light activation and many other accessories. While these do help protect you and your home, pets can sometimes trigger the alarms, especially if they tend to move or jump. Can you make your security at home pet-friendly?
Types of Sensors
Technology continues to advance, and with that, come some pet-friendly options. Most security systems have some motion sensors. Some types have pet-immune sensors that won’t pick up any activity or movement from your pet. It can help prevent the alarm from triggering and having the police involved. Some sensors can detect whether the action is human versus pet, which can save everyone from a huge headache.
Knowing your pet and its habits can help make your home security more pet-friendly. Does your cat like to jump up on the furniture? Does your dog like to stand up on the window sill or bump the windows while looking at wildlife? Many windows and doors have alarms, and bumping into them or trying to open them can set the alarm off. Gating an area off away from a motion sensor can protect your home and your pet. Selecting a pet-friendly system can also help keep everyone safe. Many systems will not trigger with smaller pets, weighing under 50 or so pounds.
There are various things you can do to make your home security system pet-safe. You can place motion detectors up higher to pick up human movement rather than pet movement. You can also aim sensors away from the windows. Many systems have different settings, and utilizing the door and window sensors and keeping the motion detectors off can protect your home from the outside. But still, allow your pet to move around safely inside. Many systems are created to detect human movement rather than pets because so many people have one.
Pets as Detectors
Your pet and security system can coexist in harmony. Many people forget that their pet is an excellent detector. Many cats and dogs can hear much better than humans and either run, bark, or display signs of alarm or alertness if they hear something unusual. German Shepherds are excellent security dogs and have been trained for years as such. A barking dog or commotion caused by your pet inside can dissuade people from breaking in your house.
Select the Coverage Area
Selecting the desired coverage area in your home is key. Choosing the proper location and height to install your motion sensors can help keep your system pet-friendly and yet still is effective. Placing it higher can help keep pet movement off the radar so they can be free to roam about the house. The security company can make useful suggestions on how to accommodate pets with your safety system.
Thousands of people have security systems as well as pets in their homes. These two can be in place without any mishaps and still work efficiently. Technology today has new accessories, such as sensors that can detect either human or pet, and the alarm will just sound if both are triggered.
Many can distinguish whether it is a 150-pound person moving or a 15-pound pet moving, which prevents false alarms. With so many advances, some systems work perfectly with pets and still keep you safe. Determining the right system for your home and having it installed correctly can keep both pets and humans happy.
Sarah owns Crazy Pet Guy - a blog where she shares what she learned about pets. She practices proper pet care and wants her readers to learn that as well.