Hard Assets

As seen in American Hard Assets magazine
June/July 2013

POISED

The advantages of having a dog for home protection
are endless, Consider these factors before you
determine how you’ll keep your home safe.

Your stock certificates and gold bars are probably,  police dog
tucked away in a steel bank vault or safe deposit
box, but your home may still offer plenty of appeal
for a robber. From the art on your walls to the electronics in
your media room, your home would be like Disneyland for
a professional burglar, and you want to make sure you are
well protected against any such threats. This is, of course,
independent of the security of your most valued asset-
your family. If a crowbar silently pries your window open in
the dead of night or a well-planned rush on your home takes
place, not even your trusty revolver (assuming it’s in hand)
will awaken you to defend your family against intruders-
but a well-trained security dog will. Wired systems are easily
circumvented, or sit idly when homeowners forget to them.

We’re not talking about a dog that’s chained to your
home 24/7 and barks at everyone that walks past your
house. We’re referring to a family companion who also
happens to be highly trained to defend your family and your
possessions against any threat that makes its way across
your property. The advantages of using dogs to protect
your home and your lifestyle versus other methods are time-
honored and vast, but reviewing them could help you make
your home protection decision simple.

 

Committed to Your Safety

girl and gsdOne of the most impressive things about a trained
security dog is that it is an incredibly loyal part of your family
Not only does a well-trained dog add to your quality of life
it will defend you and yours with determination and a set of
skills that only the best-trained dogs possess. The priority
of a trained dog is to be a family companion that will offer
love and security to you. But if that dog ever has to protect
you, there won’t be a moment’s hesitation as to whether
he or she will defend your family. Fortunately, the situations
where a dog has to be a legitimate man-stopper are rare.
“In over 30 years of placing families with well-trained dogs,
few situations arise where a dog has had to bite. Most
of these scenarios involved domestic violence, where
restraining orders are ineffective,” says Wayne Simanovich,
one of America’s leading authorities and providers of home
protection dogs.
Most criminals involved with theft simply avoid the
dog and choose a home down the street. Simanovich’s
dogs have rarely needed to physically stop a man in the
protection phases; however it’s the knowledge that your
home has i’- trained security dog that will deter burglars
that is important. Although statistics of how many times
Simanovich’s dogs have made a criminal think twice about
robbing a particular house are impossible to determine, he
does know that if a robber sees a home with a protection
dog, that burglar will typically leave and try to rob a house
that isn’t as well guarded. The number of situations
successfully deterred is certainly sky-high.
For example, Simanovich recently heard from a client
with whom he placed a dog on the Gulf Coast of Florida
y-b-sit2_several years ago. The couple lived on the water, so they
had a telescope at their window where they could look
across the water from time to time. The water was also
a convenient entry point for possible criminal activity.
One night, the telescope was knocked over, fell into their
grand piano, and a chip Was taken out of it. The couple
was puzzled about what could have happened, but they
later found out that the same night that an intruder had
caused trouble at the house next door. The couple realized
that someone probably looked into their window, thought
about taking’ their valuable art collection, but saw a very
determined protection dog and changed their mind, moving
on to the house next door.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No Lag Time

The regulations for restraining orders vary from state
to state, but in general, there is a waiting period between porch C_H
the time of filing the order and when it’s granted. Even if
you do get a restraining order against someone who has
threatened you, there’s nothing stopping that person from
taking the chance of getting arrested and invading your
home anyway. They will have to face the consequences
later, but violent people don’t always worry about
consequences.
Likewise, a wired security system is an option, but
even if you remember to set yours (many people don’t),
the police won’t show up at your house immediately if the
alarm is tripped. A 2010 New York Times article stated that
in big cities, police can take up to 45 minutes to respond
to home alarms. In smaller towns, the average response
time can be 15 to 20 minutes or much longer. So even
in the best case scenario, a burglar has time to collect
everything of value in your home, or do unthinkable things
before running out the back door. Fifteen minutes may not
sound like long, but if you perform a “mock robbery” of
your home, you’ll be shocked at how many items you can
stuff into a bag before 15 minutes passes. The unthinkable
takes less than 15 minutes.
In contrast, a well-trained dog is always on guard, with
no lag time and no bureaucratic red tape to compete with.
Once the trained dog is in your home, your alarm is “set”
at all times. The dog is always aware of what’s happening,
and will respond to a threat instantaneously. He is an alarm
that buys time. Time to get to a firearm. Time to call the
authorities. Time for the family to leave the property.

 

 

 

 

Most criminals involved with theft simply avoid the dog and choose
a home down the street. Simanovich’s dogs have rarely needed to
physically stop a man in the protection phases.

Settle In to Real Security

Any homeowner is free to obtain a large dog for home
protection, but results can vary. This is not because people
hard assets 500don’t have the resources to acquire a dog, but because
they buy the “wrong dog.” Some dogs have innate talent
that can be easily drawn out and some do not. By the time
the dog is a year old, a skilled trainer can typically be sure
of which dogs would be best for home protection, and the
training begins in earnest. Some dogs have talent, some
don’t. Some trainers have talent, some don’t.
        At Simanovich’s facility, about 60 percent of the dogs
are imported adolescents from Europe, while he breeds the
other 40 percent specifically for these talents. He ensures
that the dog is manageable and loving to a family, but
will know what to do in case of an emergency. His staff
then delivers the dog to the family and spends time at the
location while the family and the dog get to know each
other, giving on-site training for several days before leaving.
       No matter what you choose to do, the paramount
concern is the safety of your family, followed by the security
of your valuables. Leaving those to chance should not be
an option-you should ensure that you are well-protected
at all times by implementing a strong security plan for
your home. As an alarm, a threat, and (if need be) a man- 
stopper, there is no more effective deterrent than a well- 
trained dog.

 

 

Wayne Simanovich, multiple-winner of internationallogo trans 7p2
working dog championships, breeds and trains
protection dogs from his North Carolina facility and
delivers them to families and businesses worldwide.
As one of the most trusted names in protection dog
training, Simanovich has also provided expertise
to law enforcement agencies, military contractors,
businesses, government agencies, and countless
families over the past 33 years. His clients are a Who’s
Who of entertainers, business people, athletes and
families like yours.

 

 

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