The little things add up

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  • #994

    Newbreed Prepping
    Participant

    For the main door of our home, I installed a motion Sensor light (Solar) yesterday. Got it from canadian tire on sale (40% off), but has enough lumens to light up the steps area and alert my family of anyone heading up the steps. Now if I can just keep the family dog from triggering it on constantly. More fine tuning with the sensitivity settings required.

    Our dog (we adopted a rescue) has been great for alerting us of anyone approaching our (very long) driveway, and as a 1 year old German Sheppard, he has been an invaluable addition to the family and our home security.

    Next step is to install the door guardian I purchased for the home. However, winter is around the corner (already had snow twice!), and my house preps are in a different order of priority at the moment.

  • #1033

    annaraven
    Participant

    Dogs are great. Mine let me know about anything going on at our corner of the block. Love my doggies. Even if they’re adorkable.

  • #1061

    Crow Bar
    Keymaster

    There is just something about a dog.
    Or three!
    Not only do ours alert us, but if you listen closely, or just pay attention to your surroundings, I can hear the dogs down the road bark when the mailman stops to deliver their mail.
    Same if UPS or FedEx stops.
    The UPS guy’s truck needs a brake job.

  • #3199

    namelus
    Participant

    We use layered defense and alerts,

    Farthest is llama it is loud and has super sharp senses, dogs, and inbetween a double fenced area around main area geese those are loud and if you kill one the other’s will come, nasty and attack people plus you can eat them.

    • This reply was modified 10 months, 2 weeks ago by  namelus. Reason: Typo
  • #3211

    I share because I think that everyone should be aware of how far things can go.

    Dogs kept inside the home, never let out at night, yes. Small dogs are better at warning of potential movement outside, IF they are kept inside.

    Dogs left outside to roam freely, as good an “alarm” that they can be, is not a very good idea against a very determined person, unless the dog/s are highly trained to not eat anything other than what their owner/s give.

    Sick beyond belief yet a very effective way to remove the dog/s is when the potential perpetrator throws a large succulent piece of meat, thoroughly poisoned, casually over the wall / fence, walking away to return later.

    Sad but very true.

  • #3221

    Molly Malone
    Participant

    Growing up, there was a toy poodle in the house. He was a watch dog extraordinaire. Over time, on that street, every house got burglarized, except ours. Like Napoleon, he didn’t realize he was tiny. He had grandiose ideas about ruling, well, not Europe, but our street. My point is that if you are looking for a canine alarm system, it doesn’t have to be a big scary-looking dog. A tiny dog can sound the alarm as well as a big dog.

    I really like the idea of using geese as an alarm system. And if geese attack a criminal, I can’t really see him complaining about it in a courtroom. “She kept a flock of violent, untrained, unvaccinated geese on her property!”

  • #6225

    Old Goat
    Participant

    You’ve got to love geese and guinea fowl they don’t like intruders on their turfs. You can tell what’s going on by your dogs different barks if you get tuned in. Ours has a bark for the different car engine sounds of family members and different barks for the strange people approaching. She get hysterical over strangers in the drive. We had another dog that freaked out over any one in a delivery uniform.

  • #6484

    Old Goat
    Participant

    I also like this time of year after the holidays I buy the left over jingle bells in different sizes. The different sizes have different sounds so they are a directional warning devise. Works great for camping. All Jingle bells of one size and tone go on one side of the camp and Jingle bells with a different tone go on the other sides. This way you know from which direction the intruder is approaching.

    The same thing applies to doors and windows in the house. The back gate, whatever. I tie them to fishing line but that can be picked up easy enough with night vision.

  • #6504

    OldMt Woman
    Participant

    I’ve used Christmas bells too…..but I never thot of using the different sounds for different directions.  Thanks.  I just found 4 larger, noisy ones under the bed in some misc box.  Was wondering which category to put them with.  Crafts? No…..Security!

    OldMtWoman

  • #8724

    Littlesister
    Participant

    Bells are a good idea. Never thought about that. I used to have a mixed breed small dog. She was a protector. If she didn’t know someone, she would go for the throat and then bark. Didn’t know that about her till she was out playing with my daughter and the next door neighbor’s children. She baby set so there were like 5 or 6 children out in backyard playing ball with the dog. A man that was the father of one of the children walked into the backyard and the dog got between him and the kids and lunged at him, right for the throat. I managed to pull her away but he was mad. Tried to explain that she was protecting the kids and she didn’t know if he was there to do harm or what. So after that I couldn’t allow the dog out to play with the kids anymore because of his complaint to the neighbor. I really do miss that dog though. She’s been gone from here a long time and I really would love to find another one like her.

     

     

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