Best Home Security Systems for Pet Owners in 2024

Pet owners need pet-friendly home security. We researched, tested, and rounded up the best options on the market.

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ADT
SecureScore™: 9.2/10
ADT cares about more than just human safety and security; it also cares about pets. That’s why its state-of-the-art monitoring service now provides constant monitoring of safety and security hazards for homeowners and pets.
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SimpliSafe
SecureScore™: 9.2/10
Great news: one of the most affordable security systems on the market is also one of the most pet-friendly. Save some cash for chew toys, and get some of the best 24/7 monitoring available.
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Vivint
SecureScore™: 9.1/10
If you’re willing to spend a little (or a lot) more, you can get a cutting-edge security system from Vivint. Its AI-powered cameras can distinguish your dog from your delivery guy.
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  • ADT Product Image
    ADT
    SecureScore™: 9.2/10
    ADT cares about more than just human safety and security; it also cares about pets. That’s why its state-of-the-art monitoring service now provides constant monitoring of safety and security hazards for homeowners and pets.
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    SimpliSafe
    SecureScore™: 9.2/10
    Great news: one of the most affordable security systems on the market is also one of the most pet-friendly. Save some cash for chew toys, and get some of the best 24/7 monitoring available.
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    Vivint
    SecureScore™: 9.1/10
    If you’re willing to spend a little (or a lot) more, you can get a cutting-edge security system from Vivint. Its AI-powered cameras can distinguish your dog from your delivery guy.
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    Frontpoint
    SecureScore™: 8.7/10
    Frontpoint is an ultra-customizable system. Keep it simple with a couple of pet-friendly motion detectors. Or, stack Z-Wave devices — like a smart lock to let the dog walker in while you’re at work.
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    Cove Security
    SecureScore™: 8.8/10
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Picture this: you install one of the best home security systems that money can buy, complete with motion sensors and security cameras. You feel safer. Your dog feels safer (or would, if he understood what a security system was). All is right with the world. Or so you think.

Then, the notifications start. “Motion detected!” You pull up your security camera footage, frantic, expecting to see a burglar. But you don’t see a burglar. You see your dog. Too bad the police are already on their way.

That’s the kind of scenario that can happen if you don’t pick a pet-friendly security system. Thankfully, your friendly neighborhood security expert is here to give you the home security system guide you need.

Yes, that’s me. I’ve spent a decent chunk of my life testing out security systems — and owning pets. Over the years, I’ve learned which security systems work best for our furry friends. You can read all about them in this guide.

The Best Home Security Systems for Pet Owners

SimpliSafe Equipment

SimpliSafe Equipment

Methodology: What I Look for in a Home Security System for Pet Owners

I’m not just a security expert; I’m also an animal lover. So when I test out a security system, I think about how it’ll work for my pets. Are the motion detectors smart enough to ignore my cat running through the living room? Are there enough environmental sensors to detect when my dog is in danger? Last but not least, does the camera have two-way audio, so I can say “hi” to my pets in real time?

>> Read More: Can Security Cameras Record Audio?

Every security system on this list has features that work for pet owners, including:

  • Pet-Friendly Motion Detectors: Your security system should be able to tell the difference between a human and a Chihuahua.
  • Environmental Sensors: Extreme temperatures, smoke, and toxic household gasses can kill a pet much quicker than a person. A smart sensor could save your furry (or feathery, or scaly) friend’s life.
  • Security Cameras: Two-way audio is one must-have feature, but don’t forget about pet vs. person detection. You’ll want your camera to notify you when there’s a human in the house, not a puppy.

Did You Know? “Canary in the coal mine” isn’t just a saying. Miners used them to detect carbon monoxide leaks. Canaries would fall unconscious from the gas long before humans would.1 Now you can understand why pet owners need carbon monoxide detectors!

  • 1 ADT - Best Pet-Safety Features

    ADT Product Image
    SecureScore™ 9.2
    Customer Service
    8.6
    Value
    8.7
    Equipment
    9.5
    Features & Technology
    9.6
    Ease Of Use
    9.6
    SecureScore™
    9.2

    ADT is not only friendly to pets, but also protective of them. That’s because ADT security systems offer sensors designed to protect the well-being of your whole family including your pets. ADT has smoke alarms, temperature sensors, and gas leak sensors. It also offers security cameras with features designed for pet owners, like the indoor cam that can tell you specifically if it sees your pet outside its crate – with strategic camera placement, of course.

    ADT is over 150 years old. It has been around for about as long as Americans have been keeping pets indoors, which started around the late 1800s. ADT knows that pets are a part of American families and that it has to keep pets in mind when making security systems. And that’s exactly what it’s been doing.

    • Siren is loud enough to scare away burglars
    • The equipment is actually very well-made
    • Customer service went the extra mile (kudos to Patty and Ian)
    • The system is professionally installed
    • Paid hardly any money upfront
    • ADT now partners with Google Nest for security cameras and smart home equipment
    • Trusted brand with 150+ years of experience in security

    • No “silent arming” option from control panel
    • I spent hours troubleshooting their outdoor camera
    • Requires a monthly monitoring fee
    • Requires long-term contract
    • No DIY installation option
    • Installation tech left old equipment in our home

    Why I Picked ADT

    Pet-Friendly Motion Detector

    Big pets can be a handful, but fortunately, ADT’s motion sensors are designed to ignore them. Even when I had to sit for my buddy’s best furry friend – a 60-pound Labrador Retriever – my motion sensors didn’t randomly go off while they played (more like wrestled) indoors. I was confident because I knew my sensors were set to ignore movement from pets under 80 pounds in weight.

    There’s actually a trick there. As you can see in my ADT review, a technician came to install my system. He’s the one who set the sensitivity to the lowest level (lower level = better for bigger pets) after I told him I sometimes have other people’s pets over and that some of them are bigger than my pet. Thoughtful, right? With pet-friendly motion sensors and a pet-friendly technician, I avoided false-alarm fines and needless worrying about my pet’s safety. That, in my opinion, is why ADT deserves to be first on this list.

    FYI: You can ask your technician to set the sensitivity of your motion detectors based on the weight of your pet. So, if you have a 30-lb pet and a 60-lb kid but only want alerts from your kid walking around the house, have your technician set the sensitivity to somewhere between 40 and 45 lbs.

    Environmental Sensors

    Aside from that, I loved how ADT monitors every sensor they offer, including environmental sensors. My biggest concerns are a fire breaking out or gas leaking, especially when I’m away and my pet is the only one at home. He’d probably just bark at my old smoke alarms if they sounded.

    Testing ADT Environmental Monitoring Equipment

    Testing ADT Environmental Monitoring Equipment

    With monitored environmental sensors from ADT, I can now rest easy knowing that in case something urgent happens, they’d be on the case. ADT may not be the one who will put out the fire, but their monitoring agents are trained to dispatch emergency services and they do it with high efficiency. They can even verify home hazards by viewing security cameras (a.k.a. video verification).

    Every ADT package includes professional monitoring for security and safety emergencies. All you need to do is buy the right sensors for the job, i.e. smoke alarms, gas leak sensors, and flood sensors for safety monitoring. Here’s a quick breakdown of their prices:

    Sensor Type Price
    ADT Smoke Detector $100
    ADT Combo Smoke/CO Detector $180
    ADT Water Detector $100

     Security Cameras

    Lastly, we have security cameras. ADT offers a bunch of security cameras from a well-known brand: Google Nest. And from our review of the Nest Cam, it’s clear that these cameras are pet-friendly. All models of the Nest Cam come with pet detection. Essentially, they can tell people and pets apart and they use that to improve notifications. When the indoor cam saw my pet in the living room, I received a notification that looked something like this: “Your indoor camera saw a pet in the Living Room.” Other cameras without pet detection, like the Ring Indoor Cam I reviewed, can only tell you that it saw movement. What moved? You’d have to check your video history to find out. With Google Nest’s notifications, it tells you in the notification itself.

    Thanks to ADT partnering up with Google Nest, I was able to keep tabs on my pet while I was away on a business trip. There were other useful features too, like two-way audio and Familiar Face Alerts. That second one was useful for monitoring if my sitter has arrived, as it can notify you if it sees a familiar face.

    Monitoring Options Professional only
    Installation Professional or DIY
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home
    Equipment Cost Starting at $600
    Monthly Monitoring Cost Starting at $45.99 per month
    Contract Length Start at 36 months
  • 2 SimpliSafe - Best for Small Pets and Felines

    SimpliSafe Product Image
    SecureScore™ 9.2
    Customer Service
    9.0
    Value
    9.4
    Equipment
    9.0
    Features & Technology
    9.2
    Ease Of Use
    9.2
    SecureScore™
    9.2

    When it comes to pet-friendly home security, SimpliSafe has some pretty interesting offerings. DIY packages from SimpliSafe, one of the most affordable home security systems in the market, include pet detection sensors with a higher weight range than many of its competitors. Its sensors are built to detect dogs of up to 50 pounds, whereas other pet-friendly systems’ sensors max out around 30 to 40 pounds.

    • Affordable, easy-to-use equipment
    • Installation is a breeze
    • System is extremely responsive
    • App is well designed and intuitive
    • New monitoring is a major security bonus

    • Keypad is a little finicky
    • Mounting system could use some work
    • Some pieces of equipment are a little bulky

    Why I Picked SimpliSafe

    SimpliSafe equipment

    SimpliSafe equipment

    Pet-Friendly Motion Detector

    The SimpliSafe motion detector works similarly to the one I got from ADT, but the lowest sensitivity setting ignores only pets up to 60 pounds. Not that a 60-pound dog is small, but compared to ADT, SimpliSafe’s motion sensor is a bit more sensitive. But still, when I reviewed SimpliSafe, I proved that it’ll ignore the heat signature generated by an itty bitty Chihuahua. But it won’t ignore a big, burly burglar.

    Being a DIY system, however, I had to position the sensor myself, figure out how to best avoid pet-triggered false alarms without missing actual break-ins, and set the sensitivity level of the sensor. I even had to read up on how to fix burglar alarms going off randomly to avoid future hassles. In the end, I decided to place my living room sensor facing away from my pet’s crate while maintaining a direct sight of the front door.

    Pro Tip: Still getting false alarms? Here’s a tip, straight from SimpliSafe: install your motion sensors upside-down, about five feet up.2 They’ll still catch people walking around on two feet — but will miss animals walking around on four.

    Environmental Sensors

    A security system isn’t just about setting off sirens when bad guys break in. It’s also about protecting your family from harm — including your furrier family members.

    That means it should include environmental sensors. Smoke, carbon monoxide, water, and temperature sensors can all warn you of a situation that threatens your pet’s safety. So it’s a good thing that you can add every single one of them to any of SimpliSafe’s home security packages.

    I’m particularly impressed with the Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector. It sends out instant alerts if there’s smoke or elevated carbon monoxide at home.

    >> Related: Smoke Alarm How-To Guide

    Imagine you’re at work when a gas leak happens. Without a smart carbon monoxide monitor, your dog could get sick or worse — and you’d be none the wiser. With a smart carbon monoxide monitor, you can get the alert, call for help, and save your pup.

    FYI: When I compared SimpliSafe to Nest, I was blown away by the price difference. The SimpliSafe Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector is just under $60. The Nest equivalent is twice as much.

    Here’s a quick price breakdown of SimpliSafe’s environmental sensors:

    SimpliSafe device Price
    Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Detector $59.99
    Smoke Detector $34.99
    Water Sensor $19.99
    Temperature Sensor $29.99

    Security Cameras

    If I’m picking out a security camera for my pet and I, I don’t just want recorded footage. I want livestreaming (so I can check on my little guy anytime). I want two-way audio (so I can tell him to get off the couch). I may even want video-verified professional monitoring (so an alarm monitor can check on him if I can’t).

    When I tested SimpliSafe’s security cameras, I made sure they each offered all of those things. The Live Guard feature, in particular, is pretty impressive. If you opt in, an alarm monitor will actually view your camera footage when they receive a signal that something’s off.

    That’s great news for pet owners. If Fido leaps across the living room and triggers a false alarm, the alarm monitor will see that. They can cancel the police response — and save you that pesky false-alarm fee.

    FYI: Not so fast. To get Live Guard, you need to pay $29.99 per month for the SimpliSafe Interactive Monitoring plan (now known as Fast Protect).

    Monitoring Options Self or professional
    Installation DIY or professional
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home
    Equipment Cost From $249.96
    Monthly Monitoring Cost From $19.99
    Contract Length Month-to-month
  • 3 Vivint - Best Home Automation

    Vivint Product Image
    SecureScore™ 9.1
    Customer Service
    8.9
    Value
    8.4
    Equipment
    9.3
    Features & Technology
    9.5
    Ease Of Use
    9.2
    SecureScore™
    9.1

    Vivint’s security systems have a wide selection of pet-friendly equipment, like strong Vivint motion-sensing cameras to monitor your favorite four-legged furballs. Plus, Vivint’s home automation features let you control all the connected devices in your home, so you can use your smart locks to unlock the door for your pet sitter. You can also check in on your Vivint doorbell camera to make sure your sitter is taking Fido for his daily walk. They also offer some advanced pet-friendly options aside from video monitoring such as fire/smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring.

    • Wireless smart security system
    • Smart home automation
    • 7-inch touch screen smart hub
    • Award-winning mobile app
    • Indoor and outdoor cameras
    • Professional installation
    • Customized to your home
    • 100% cellular monitoring
    • Lifetime warranty

    • Pricey equipment packages
    • Contract required for at least 42 months
    • $100 installation fee
    • Short cancellation window

    Why I Picked Vivint

    Vivint Smart Home Equipment

    Vivint Smart Home Equipment

    Pet-Friendly Motion Detector

    Vivint sensors feature not one, but two settings for pet owners to adjust. First, the pet size setting: you can slide the sensor to one side for a 33-pound pet, or to the other side for a 55-pound pet. Next up is the sensitivity setting: you can select high or low sensitivity.3

    Say you have a hyperactive Husky weighing in at 50 pounds. Set your Vivint sensors to 55-pound pet, low sensitivity. That should cut out the false alarms.

    FYI: Not sure how much your dog weighs? The American Kennel Club created a handy chart that lists the average weight of just about every dog breed out there.4 Cross-check this list to see if you should set your Vivint sensor to the 33-pound or 55-pound setting.

    Environmental Sensors

    Vivint is many things, but minimalist isn’t one of them. And that means Vivint’s sensor options are plentiful. The security company sells just about every security device you can imagine — at a premium.

    That’s great if you’re planning to spend top dollar to protect your pet. You don’t have to settle for a dinky $20 smoke alarm. You can shell out $100 for a smart smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

    If you’ve been paying attention, you might be scratching your head right about now. Why does Vivint charge $100 for a smoke and carbon monoxide detector when SimpliSafe charges just under $60?

    When I compared Vivint and SimpliSafe smoke alarms, I was just as confused as you are. Both have 85 dB sirens. Both are battery-powered. They certainly seem more similar than different.

    One difference I can think of? You can connect the Vivint smoke and carbon monoxide detector to the rest of your smart home. Something like unlocking all the doors when smoke is detected is easy in the Vivint app. SimpliSafe doesn’t offer that level of home automation. That might explain some of the price difference.

    >> Read More: Best Smart Home Automation Security Systems in [Year]

    Here’s how much you can expect to spend on Vivint’s environmental sensors:

    Vivint device Price
    Smoke and CO Combo Detector $100
    Smoke Detector $100
    CO Detector $100
    Flood/Freeze Sensor $100
    Water Sensor $50

    Note: I rounded up these prices the last time I tested out Vivint. Your rep may make a different offer.

    Security Cameras

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Vivint sells some of the best security cameras in the business. (Really, I’ve said it before. Check out my guide to the best security systems with cameras.)

    Vivint cameras have almost every special feature you could ask for. For instance, you’ll get two-way audio, night vision, and pet detection. When I tested out the system for my Vivint smart home review, the pet detection really saved my notifications.

    Pro Tip: Not all night vision is created equal. Some cameras get really fuzzy trying to give you a black and white image with an infrared sensor, while others give you full color night vision. So, make sure to check out our roundup of the best night vision security cameras if your pets tend to get active at night.

    All those extras are great, but I’m going to be honest: I’m really in it for the cute pet videos. The Vivint Indoor Camera Pro records in 1080p with 2x HDR. That means the footage is detailed and captures both light and dark spots.

    In other words, if your pet does something cute in front of the Vivint Indoor Camera Pro, you’ll have a great quality video afterward. And, more importantly, the high-quality resolution can help to detect and record would-be intruders.

    Monitoring Options Professional only
    Installation Professional only
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home
    Equipment Cost Depends on system
    Monthly Monitoring Cost Starting at $29.99 per month
    Contract Length Starting at 42 months
  • 4 Frontpoint - Best Option for Large Pets

    Frontpoint Product Image
    SecureScore™ 8.7
    Customer Service
    9.1
    Value
    8.8
    Equipment
    8.3
    Features & Technology
    8.9
    Ease Of Use
    8.6
    SecureScore™
    8.7

    Frontpoint’s DIY security systems have earned plenty of accolades over the years, including a place on our list of the best systems for customer service. Frontpoint also has pet-sensitive motion detectors that cover pets up to 40 pounds. Their pet-friendly alarm systems also come with 24/7 environmental sensors for fire/smoke, flood, and carbon monoxide that will send an alert to the monitoring station if such activity is detected. Frontpoint also offers video monitoring and home automation so you can rest a little easier when you leave your pets at home.

    • High-quality GE equipment
    • Easy DIY installation
    • LTE cellular monitoring
    • Home automation
    • Geofencing feature

    • Somewhat expensive monitoring
    • Limited service hours
    • Touch-screen panel sold separately
    • Outsourced monitoring service
    • Limited keypad functionality

    Why I Picked Frontpoint

    Frontpoint equipment

    Frontpoint equipment

    Pet-Friendly Motion Detectors

    Vivint sensors ignore pets under 55 pounds. SimpliSafe sensors ignore pets under 60 pounds. Frontpoint sensors? 85 pounds.

    >> Read More: Frontpoint vs. SimpliSafe Comparison

    Dobermans, German shepherds, and, of course, Great Danes can easily weigh that much. If you own a big breed, Frontpoint might be the security system for you.

    Did You Know? Even though the Frontpoint sensor ignores anything under 85 pounds, it still keeps your home safe. According to the FBI, over 80 percent of burglars are male5 and not even 5% of men weigh under 130 pounds.6 So, that sensor still covers every burglar I’ve heard of.

    Environmental Sensors

    At the moment, Frontpoint’s carbon monoxide sensor isn’t available for purchase. Here’s why that wasn’t an immediate disqualifier: Z-Wave.

    Frontpoint systems are compatible with the Z-Wave smart home protocol. That means you can add other Z-Wave devices to your system and control them in the Frontpoint app. And with over 4,000 Z-Wave compatible devices out there, you have a lot of options. That’s also what gives Frontpoint plenty of home automation options.

    That means you can invest in a top-of-the-line carbon monoxide detector and pair it with your system. Fibaro and First Alert sell great Z-Wave compatible options. Make sure to take this into consideration when pricing out your Frontpoint home security system.

    Here’s what Frontpoint’s Flood Sensor costs:

    Frontpoint device Price
    Flood Sensor $44.99

    Security Cameras

    Frontpoint cameras aren’t exactly groundbreaking, but they got the job done when I reviewed Frontpoint’s home security system. Each model features 1080p resolution, two-way audio, and night vision. So do the other guys, but hey — it’s good to cover the basics.

    FYI: Are you a privacy-minded pet owner? There’s one Frontpoint feature you should know about: local storage. Even when compared to the best cloud security cameras on the market, Frontpoint still offers simpler, more secure options.

    Monitoring Options Professional only
    Installation DIY
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home
    Equipment Cost From $219.99
    Monthly Monitoring Cost $50
    Contract Length 1-36 months
  • 5 Cove Security - Best Budget Option

    Cove Security Product Image
    SecureScore™ 8.8
    Customer Service
    8.9
    Value
    8.8
    Equipment
    9.2
    Features & Technology
    8.6
    Ease Of Use
    8.4
    SecureScore™
    8.8

    House traffic comes in all shapes and sizes. You don’t want your security system to pick up all of it. The non-stop alarms and alerts would drive you batty. Cove’s motion sensors ($15 each) are pet-friendly. They shouldn’t register anything under 50 pounds. But Cove’s HD indoor cameras (starting at $49.50) can also do a few things you might not have known, like let you check in with your four-legged friends while you’re out on business.

    • No contracts, month-to-month service
    • Smartphone controls
    • Touch-screen control panel
    • Alexa and Google Assistant compatible
    • Low-cost monitoring

    • App experience could be improved
    • Limited home automation features
    • No self-monitoring option

    Why I Picked Cove

    Cove equipment

    Cove equipment

    Pet-Friendly Motion Detector

    The Cove motion sensor works almost exactly like the Vivint motion sensor. Adjust sensitivity to “high” or “low” to set it to ignore pets under 35 pounds or 55 pounds, respectively. Voilà: pet immunity.

    Pro Tip: If your pet weighs more than 55 pounds (looking at you, St. Bernard owners!) those settings won’t help much. You could always skip the motion detectors and double up on door alarm sensors. No matter how big your dog is, it’s probably not opening doors.

    Environmental Sensors

    In my in-depth Cove review, I highlighted the company’s smoke and carbon monoxide detector. It was $55 and earth-shatteringly loud. (It made me jump out of my skin when installing it, which is a good thing in a carbon monoxide alarm.)

    Imagine my surprise when I did my research for this guide and discovered this key environmental sensor is no longer available. A customer service rep informed me that there are no plans to bring back the smoke and carbon monoxide detector anytime soon.

    That’s even worse than it sounds. Unlike Frontpoint, Cove doesn’t play well with other smart devices. So you can’t just integrate your favorite Z-Wave carbon monoxide alarm.

    Nothing’s stopping you from buying a separate smart carbon monoxide detector. But it would be better if there was one that worked with Cove. That’s one reason Cove isn’t higher on this list.

    Even though you can’t get a carbon monoxide detector, you can still buy a smoke detector and flood sensor. Here’s how much those environmental sensors will add to the price of a Cove home security system:

    Cove device Price
    Smoke detector $95
    Flood sensor $35

    Security Cameras

    Cove security cameras don’t exist. Instead, the company lets you add Eufy cameras to your Cove package. That’s a good thing and a bad thing at the same time.

    It’s good because Eufy cameras are, well, good. The Eufy Cam 3, for example, is on my list of the very best cameras with facial recognition. The Eufy Indoor Cam features 2K resolution, the highest on this list. That even stacks up against some of the Lorex security cameras I recently reviewed.

    >> Read About: Best Security Cameras for Image Quality

    It’s bad because Eufy doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to privacy. Its parent company, Anker, misled journalists about its encryption policy. Basically, cameras weren’t always encrypted when it said they were.7

    Do you really want footage of your furry friend sold on the dark web? OK, that’s probably not very likely. Still, the security gaps at Anker are concerning. It’s something to consider before you choose Cove.

    Monitoring Options Professional or DIY
    Installation DIY
    Smart Platform Integration Alexa and Google Home
    Equipment Cost From $87
    Monthly Monitoring Cost From $17.99
    Contract Length 1 month

Honorable Mention: Petcube

Petcube isn’t a home security system in the usual sense. It doesn’t come with motion detectors. It won’t tell you if your doors are open or closed. That said, it may be one of the best brands on the market for safety-minded pet owners.

The Petcube Cam features 1080p resolution, night vision, and high quality two-way audio. You’ll notice those are exactly the features I look for in a pet-friendly security camera. The camera has everything you need to check on your pet, day or night. (Psst: Petcube also sells a remote treat dispenser, in case you think your furry friend looks like they could use a pick me up.)

Maybe you already have a security system you’re happy with — you just want a little something extra for your pets. Maybe you don’t need all the other gadgets — you just want to see your cat while you’re at work. In that case, Petcube may be a good option.

How to Prevent False Alarms as a Pet Owner

Choosing the right system goes a long way, but there are a few more things pet owners can do to prevent false alarms.

  • Check Your Settings: Pet-immune motion detectors should have two little pins on the back. One controls sensitivity, the other controls pet size. Make sure you set your sensors to low sensitivity, large pet size. 
  • Reinstall Your Motion Detectors: If that doesn’t work, try reinstalling your motion detectors upside-down. That way, they won’t capture motion at floor level. 
  • Rethink Your Equipment: If you’re still getting false alarms, it might be time to throw in the towel. There are lots of ways to keep your home safe. Maybe you can skip the motion sensors.

Do Dogs Prevent Burglary?

Dogs really do deter burglars. Think about it. If you were a burglar, would you rather rob a house with a pit bull barking at the door? Or the nice, quiet, empty place next door?

A 2023 study provided evidence to back this up.8 Researchers found that the more dogs were in the neighborhood, the fewer burglaries occurred.

It may go deeper than burglars getting scared off by a big, barking dog. “People walking their dogs are essentially patrolling their neighborhoods,” lead author Nicole Pinchak told ScienceDaily.9 “They see when things are not right, and when there are suspect outsiders in the area. It can be a crime deterrent.”

>> Read More: Five Things Burglars Don’t Want You to Know

Bottom Line

If you have a pet, you need a pet-friendly security system. There are two main reasons why.

One, you’ll want a system that keeps your pets safe. Our animal companions are more vulnerable to floods, freezes, and gas leaks — they deserve sensors that will detect these dangers right away. Two, you’ll want a system that won’t confuse your pet for a predator. Otherwise, you can expect constant alarms.

SimpliSafe, Vivint, Frontpoint, and Cove fit the bill. If you decide to try another system, make sure it has a wide range of environmental sensors, high-quality cameras, and pet-immune motion detectors.

Pet-Friendly Motion Sensor

A standard motion sensor will go off every time someone emitting body heat walks by, even if that someone is your dog or cat. Avoid false alarms with a pet-immune motion detector.

Contact Sensors

Door and window sensors are a key component of any security system. They’re especially important if you can’t have motion detectors installed. (Some dogs are just too big to go undetected.)

Indoor Camera

An indoor camera is a must for any pet owner. How else would you get video evidence of how cute your cat is?

Outdoor Camera

Recording footage of your yard may not yield as much viral video material, but it’s still important. If there’s a confrontation between your dog and another neighborhood pet, the video evidence could come in handy.

Doorbell Camera

A simple doorbell camera with two-way audio is always useful — especially for pet owners. When the delivery guy knocks and your dogs are going crazy, simply tell him to “leave it on the porch!” through your phone speaker.

Two-Way Audio

Audio features are useful on any security camera. An indoor camera with two-way audio lets you listen to your cat meow — and meow right back, if you wish.

Pet Detection

Through the power of machine learning, modern cameras can distinguish pets from people. This is a must-have feature if you’d like to minimize your notifications.

Smart Lock

Let in the dog walker with a smart lock. Advanced models allow you to send out temporary codes, schedule locking, and more.

Adjustable Sensitivity

If your dog keeps triggering the alarm, don’t uninstall your security system. Just turn down the sensitivity. It should be easy on the hardware or in the app.

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Rob Gabriele
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Rob Gabriele
Managing Editor & Home Security Expert

As a home security expert and Managing Editor for SafeHome.org, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles related to home security. His expertise is in smart home protection with thousands of hours of testing and research under his belt. Formerly a reporter and producer for the USAToday network, Rob has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on writing from the University of Montana, and he currently lives in Indianapolis, IN.