Securing your dogs and your home
Experience shows us how loving and loyal a dog can be. Over the ages there are numerous examples of dogs placing themselves in the path of danger to protect their human best friend. Dogs have proven themselves in this department, showing bravery to the tenth degree in many different scenarios. With this said, “dog owners need to know how best to utilise these skills as well as keep them safe at the same time” says Jason Mordecai MD 7Arrows Security
Animals tend to have a sixth sense, often at times these intuitive moments are what they translate from their owners. At times we wonder why we feel uneasy, yet our dogs are barking wildly – they feed off humans’ feelings and trust these more easily than we do. The most effective tool dog owners can use from their furry friends is to learn their different signals and barks.
Much like a human, each dog has its own mannerisms, body language and specific barking signals. Learning these barks as well as your neighbours’ dogs barks can be the differentiating factor at either being notified to intruders or not.
In the past we have responded to properties whereby owners have in fact gone to investigate why their dogs were barking and in turn opened the house up for the intruders to get in. “If your dogs are barking please press your panic or call your security company to come and investigate” says Mordecai. Trust your dogs, barking is an innate response for them, do not go out and investigate on your own, rather lock yourself and family up in your safe zone and wait for assistance.
Often clients ask where one should keep their dogs during the night. The best bet is to keep your dog in the house or to put them in a yard where they do not have access to the front perimeter. It’s much harder for a criminal to enter a house that’s monitored by a K9 warrior, even one that stands as high as your ankle and is armed with a ribbon in her hair. Dog poisoning has become a real threat in Johannesburg. Criminals use a poison called 2 Step or Temik which comes in the form of black granules, this is usually inserted into some form of meat. Symptoms of poisoning include vomiting, muscle tremors, seizures and diarrhoea. If you think your dog has been poisoned think safety first. Call your security company as the suspects may be out there. Then notify your vet and get your dog to the vet as quickly as possible. 2 Step is lethal.
Another common problem faced by our officers is that of finding lost dogs. Many times driveway gates are often left open. This is a security issue for your home and for your best fluffy friend. Our officers have often picked up lost a dog with no collar or chip – this makes it very difficult for us to locate the dog’s owner. A simple collar and tag usually is effective and has been responsible for saving a number of lost animals. We also recommend chipping your dogs. This can be done by your local vet.