Burglar-Proofing a Doggy Door

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Burglars are attracted to homes where they can get in quickly and silently without being noticed. Your dog can be a deal breaker for a burglar since even small dogs can make enough noise to attract unwanted attention. However, the same doggy door out of which your pooch might charge to scare away a burglar could also present an attractive means of entry if your dog seems amicable to a thief casing your home. Use dog door solutions to prevent someone from breaking and entering.

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A dog can be all the deterrent needed for a burglar to bypass your home.

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If your dog spends a lot of time outside, a thief might work to make friends with your pet before entering your house. Fences backing to an alleyway are often opportunities for strangers to slip your dog a treat through the fence and become friends with her. Once your pet is familiar with the burglar, he's cleared to enter the yard and crawl through your doggie door when you're not home.

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Slide the metal back for your pet door into place when you go to bed or leave your home. This means your dog will have to stay inside your home, but it makes it more difficult for a thief to enter. A door that is just big enough for your dog to enter but uncomfortable for humans can help deter some burglars. However, thieves sometimes even use children to slide through small doors and unlock the house from the inside.

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A smart dog door that is unlocked with a signal from your dog's collar won't help keep out thieves. It's designed to keep other animals, such as raccoons, out of your home, not a burglar. Securely latch your electronic door when you won't be home to prevent anyone from forcing his way in. Consider investing in a pet door security alarm that will sound if someone heavier than your pet passes through the dog door.

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Make it inconspicuous

Thieves are looking for easy opportunities. Keeping your dog door in full view from the front or back of your house allows a burglar to observe and evaluate the opportunity to rob you. Consider installing your dog's door in a side wall of your home away from a door.

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Thieves are looking for easy opportunities.
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You can make the dog door more secure by having it open into a fenced area of your yard or covered kennel and locking the gate securely when you leave. This allows your dog access to the outside to go to the bathroom but makes it more difficult for crooks to plot and carry out a robbery.

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Back up the bark

A loud dog is certainly a deterrent for some burglars, but others aren't scared away so easily. Thieves have been known to do things like spray ammonia at a dog to get her to back off. Unless your dog has been trained for protection, she probably won't know what to do if her bark is ignored.

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Most dogs aren't sure how to act when an intruder enters the home when you're not there. They might continue to bark but usually retreat to a safe distance while the burglar gets what he came for.

Use security cameras to monitor your doggie door.
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Educate your dog with a professional dog trainer so she knows how to handle an intruder in your home whether he enters through the doggie door or another entry point. Use security cameras to monitor your doggie door and other entry points to your home. Post signage that warns potential thieves to beware of the dog and that security cameras are in use, and they just might pass by your home.

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