Monitronics cares about your home security – even the parts we don’t monitor! When it comes to security, while there’s no substitute for an effective alarm system, we know that some people have a dog that helps to protect the home. That’s a good idea: A dog can be a companion, protector and backup alarm system all in one! The trick is in knowing which dog breeds would be good options. Since today is National Mutt Day, here’s some advice on finding the right canine companion for you.
- A mixed breed can be a great choice. Many purebred dogs tend to have genetic issues, from heart disease to difficulty breathing. When breeds are mixed, some of these problems are eradicated, and the best qualities of both breeds can shine through.
- When choosing among dog breeds, whether mixed breed or not, pay close attention to personality traits common to that particular breed. Poodles are intelligent and friendly, not to mention hypoallergenic, which is why they’re bred with so many other types of dogs. A Cavapoo or Cockapoo (Cavalier or Cocker Spaniel bred with a Poodle) is likely to be a smart and loving little companion, while Labradoodles, Goldendoodles and Schnoodles (Poodles mixed with Labs, Golden Retrievers or Schnauzers) are fine examples of larger poodle mixes. Beagles are also popular for cross breeding, with Jack-a- Bees (Jack Russell- Beagles) and Puggles (Pug-Beagles) being two excellent examples of friendly, lively, intelligent little dogs.
- If you already have a dog, make sure the new guy is going to fit in. Some dog breeds that get along famously with others include the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the Irish Setter, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, the Havanese and the Norwich Terrier. When you do bring your new friend home, it’s best to introduce the two dogs in a neutral location, letting them sniff each other and begin to interact, while you offer calm verbal encouragement.
- Consider your other pets. Some breeds, such as Airedale Terriers and Greyhounds, have very strong prey drives and might not be the best option if you have small animals such as cats at home. Consider carefully before you bring a new pet into the house, so that you don’t endanger your existing animals.
- Even if you want a specific breed, rescue is still an option. If you’re not too picky about dog breeds, you can find a lovable mutt at your local pet rescue. On the other hand, it’s not difficult to pinpoint the breed you want and find one in need of saving. Services like Rescue Me provide alerts to let you know when the dog of your dreams is looking for a home.
Bringing home a new dog is like bringing home a new family member: It can take patience to get acclimated to new surroundings. While you’re working on it, remember that Monitronics can be your dog’s best friend when it comes to protecting your home. Our network of authorized dealers offers security systems to fit every family, with state-of-the-art equipment and award-winning monitoring for fire, carbon monoxide and medical emergencies. Learn more about Monitronics home security systems by visiting our website, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.