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Dog vs. Ava: Which is Better?

09/15/2021 | 3 min read

There's no doubt about it—we love our pets. 44% of households in the U.S. have at least one dog. Dog ownership is nothing new and dates back to prehistoric times when early humans used canines to help hunt and protect.

Today, though, most of us have dogs because we love their companionship. But some people also want their pets to double as their alarm systems. While it's true that dogs are great at alerting us about certain things and can act as deterrents, the truth is they don't make the best home security systems.

Is your dog a guard dog?

First, it's essential to realize that a pet dog and a guard dog are two very different things. Most family dogs, both big and small, will bark when they hear a noise or if someone is at the door, but often, that's where the actual protection stops.

One news station put this theory to test by sending "fake intruders" into homes while the owners were both home and away to see if the dogs would protect the house. To the owners' dismay, there was very little guarding or protection involved—most of the dogs barked a few times, then went about their business; one dog even hid behind its owner when approached by the faux-intruder.

On the other hand, trained guard dogs are working dogs that are trained to recognize threats and attack when their owner or property is in danger. It's hard to say what any dog would do unless put in that situation. Still, it's safe to say that a well-socialized family pet may have a hard time distinguishing between intruders and welcome visitors, like a house-sitter or family friend.

The reality is that most dogs aren't well suited to be guard dogs or the primary defender of your home.

Dogs sleep; Perimeter works 24/7

If your dog is like most dogs, he probably spends a good deal of time snoozing; the average dog sleeps between 12 and 14 hours a day (more if the dog is a puppy or senior). But when your dog is napping, who's watching the house? Perimeter, on the other hand, never sleeps. 

Know what's happening outside in time to do something 

You're sleeping upstairs with your dog snuggled up next to you when someone approaches your driveway. Chances are your dog isn't going to notice that from two floors up—but Perimeter's long-range, wireless ground sensors will.

Instantly, Ava will know what's happening and let you know in time to prevent or interact with what's happening. 

Not mention if you're traveling or away at work. Timing is essential to prevent crime and theft. Only Perimeter with Ava can give you true peace of mind.

Leave the home security to Ava

When it comes to cuddles, companionship, and unconditional love, nothing compares to your dog. But when it comes to keeping your home and family safe, it's best to put your trust in the hands of an expert. That way, Fido can focus on his most important job—being a loyal, lovable, 4-legged member of the family—and leave protecting the family to Ava.