Best Barking Dog Alarm System

Last updated: July 7, 2020 at 11:25 am

Barking dog alarm systems mimic the noises a dog makes instead of the traditional beep or siren to let potential intruders think that breaking is more dangerous than what it’s worth. It’s a fairly new invention with many preferring dog barks to the sirens as many feel it’s a better deterrent which does not require intervention from anyone else. 

How many times have you heard a burglar alarm in the distance and thought nothing of it. How many times have you heard it and thought it was a false alarm or “someone else will deal with it” only for that not to be true and the home ends up being burgled. Now imagine if that was your alarm going off and you never knew about it. Do you think the same thing would happen?

Even those of us who are dog lovers to the core know that if a dog doesn’t like you, you shouldn’t go near it and if a dog isn’t happy on their own turf they could hurt you. This is the basis of what a barking dog alarm system could offer a home owner worried about protection – a universally accepted deterrent to not go into this place.

At the time of writing this was the first time we reviewed products which are aimed for the owners and not the dogs themselves. We actually questioned whether we should review them at all considering they are tech gadgets but on reflection we decided to go ahead as these barking dog alarm systems show just how effective dogs can be at protecting the home even if they’re not actually there.

Best Barking Dog Alarm Systems

1. KH-Security Electronic Safe Guard Dog

KH-Security Electronic Safe Guard Dog

This mean machine is so good your neighbours will think you’ve bought an actual dog. It works with detection of 3.5m which isn’t massive and you’ll be glad it isn’t as it would wake up you and the neighbours non stop.

Perhaps the most impressive feature is realism. It doesn’t turn on with the same monotonous track which can easily be detected as fake after 10 seconds. Instead, the alarm will bark once when it initially detects movement and then it will become faster and more aggressive as they get closer and closer. For anyone else who has a curtain twitcher dog like us you’ll know that’s pretty much what a real dog would do.

The noise is strong enough to easily go through concrete walls. Glass and plastic will be nothing. This means that with some clever positioning you can deter burglars before they get in rather than scare them once they’re too close.

It comes with a wall mounting kit and a EU power cable so you’ll either need an adapter or a different cable. Annoying, I know.

This is a fantastic barking dog alarm system which has a good motion detector range and strong, realistic noises. Careful if you’re buying when you already have a dog as they will be terrified! That’s a compliment! 

2. CLIFFORD JAMES Electronic Barking Guard Dog Security Intruder Alarm

CLIFFORD JAMES Electronic Barking Guard Dog Security Intruder Alarm

The Zennox Cliffard James barking dog alarm system is a mainstream brand in this micro niche which offers a 360 degree motion sensing alarm which can detect movement through walls, doors and windows using radar technology. 

The noise it makes is a furiously barking dog who sounds aggressive and out of control, just like you would want if the goal is to deter unwanted visitors. It’s realistic and you would never doubt that it was a machine and not a dog. But, in some circumstances it can work too well as it can detect rustling trees and of course your own dog if you have one near it.

It’s easy to set up through a mains adapter or with 6 aa batteries. We strongly recommend using a mains adapter as we personally found the battery drain to be rather immense and very costly to run this way long term. 

It has three modes which are dog bark, chime and alarm so it can double as a doorbell if you wanted but this can be annoying in terraced streets.

It’s best placed hidden near the entrance but somewhere where a dog would realistically be. 

3. House Dog – Barking and Growling Sounds

House Dog - Barking and Growling Sounds
barking dog alarm system

This is a CD! Just to make it clear before we move any further. This CD plays dog noises for 1 hour which can be looped and the whole point is that it’s not motion detecting but will still let burglars know that there are dogs in the house.

The key is to make sure that the player and speakers are within earshot of the vulnerable areas of the house such as the front door or the garage. 

The noise the CD plays is not aggressive barking dogs rather just dogs playing rough with random barking and growling – it will make it clear there are dogs in the house but they haven’t lost their heads yet. This is a somewhat cheaper and less noisy alternative that won’t make your neighbours worry. 

The benefit of this CD over an actual barking dog alarm system is the reduced cost and the fact you don’t need to rely on the sensor to do it’s job. With enough electric jiggery pokery you could have speakers all over the house to protect multiple entries and not just one like the dedicated devices do.

Barking Dog Alarm System Buyer’s Guide

In a study conducted by Co Op Insurance which asked former burglars what the greatest deterrents for them to attempt a break in saw the sound of a barking dog as the number 2 right behind CCTV and above the likes of a TV being turned on, parked cars and fences. This means that burglars are less concerned with parked cars than they are with the presence of a dog.

To a potential burglar, a dog being in the home is an unknown risk – a barking dog will wake up anyone who’s in the house to their presence and pose a physical threat to a burglar which could see them be attacked.

This created a market for barking dog alarm systems which mimic the noises and can be useful even for people who have a dog.  With this in mind, we’ve created this handy buyer’s guide to get the full low down on these products and best practices on how best to use them.

What is a barking dog alarm system and how do they work?

A barking dog alarm system is a small little box which plays a file of a barking dog whenever something is detected by the movement sensor. The file usually contains a very aggressive and large sounding dog that resembles a dog that is likely to attack intruders. 

The box detects motion using radar which is usually 360 degrees – this does mean it can also pick up internal movements and give ‘false positives’. The clip will then play depending on the specifications of each individual product, some will bark once at first and then bark more and more as the movement gets closer until the ‘dog’ becomes almost out of control.

The noise quality is high and can penetrate walls, doors and windows with ease. 

Who needs a barking dog deterrent in the home?

Getting one of these devices is is less about dogs and more about home security – the office of national statistics freedom of information request to the Neighbourhood Watch found that 1 in 3 UK residents have been victim of crime of some sort and also report that in 2018 it was up by 30% and by no means going down.

This means that everyone should think about investing more into home security. There are plenty of other tricks you can use not just a barking dog, however, the fact that ex-convicts have ranked barking dogs as the second biggest deterrent should not be ignored. 

The people who would benefit the most from these alarm systems are:

  • People who live alone
  • The elderly
  • Those who frequently work or stay away from home
  • Those who live in a secluded area where the home is not overlooked
  • Those who live in areas of high crime and previous burglaries
  • People with visible high value goods such as luxury vehicles

If you don’t have a well trained dog with a sense of security, strong presence and a big bark then a barking alarm is the next best thing.

Tips on installing a dog alarm

Place it where no other movement is common

The goal for the alarm system is to only go off when unwanted movement is detected. Therefore, if it’s placed in an area where other movements can happen from time to time it can become incredibly annoying. Therefore, place this at an entry where no one passes regularly and swaying trees and swings are not nearby.

Barking alarm systems are not prejudiced and can’t tell the difference between wanted and unwanted movements. If the alarm goes off constantly you could shoot yourself in the foot and be in the receiving end of a noise nuisance letter.

Get ‘beware of the dog’ stickers’

When you finally get a hands on your new barking dog alarm you will wish it never gets used as it really is quite loud and aggressive and could disturb your neighbours. This is especially true if its triggered by false positives. That being said, you can invest in beware of the dog stickers as a deterrent to make people not even try to get close to the home. 

Second, if potential burglars have seen the sign and assume it’s a fake deterrent and THEN they hear the dog bark alarm in full swing they’ll assume you weren’t lying and there really is a dog in the house ready to defend its turf.

Use the mains cable

All of the dog alarm barking devices we tested were really thirsty in regards to the AA batteries to the point where we wouldn’t recommend anything other than using the main charger. You really don’t want to come home to a burgled house only to find your prized device went flat and never got going. Why take the chance?

Consider buying more than one

Burglars aren’t likely to try just one way in so getting two to cover the front and the back is a way to make deadly sure your “dogs” have got your back. This is expensive though.

Test the range

Don’t plug it in and walk away. Position it in such a way that it triggers at a point where someone comes exactly where they shouldn’t be and adjust accordingly. What you don’t want it to do is extend to reach pavements or areas where people will be passing naturally as it will lead to some serious annoyed neighbours and even yourself if you’re asleep or busy in the house.

If anyone ever thinks about casing your home and notice a dog starts barking at specific intervals and places then they’ll know it’s fake and won’t be deterred.

What to consider when buying a barking dog alarm system

Before buying a barking dog alarm system here are some questions to ask yourself to make sure you’re not wasting any money

  • Do you live in an area where the range of the alarm may fall into the pavement such as in a terraced house?
  • Do you already have dogs in the house which will be driven insane by the noise of an aggressive dog they can’t see?
  • Is this likely to cause stress in the form of noise pollution neighbours? (terraced housing)
  • Have you invested in other simpler methods of house security such as timer light switches/fake or real CCTV and strong locks?
  • Is there a mains plug near where you intend to put the alarm?
  • Do you live in an area where the range of the alarm may fall into the pavement such as in a terraced house?
  • Do you already have dogs in the house which will be driven insane by the noise of an aggressive dog they can’t see?
  • Is this likely to cause stress in the form of noise pollution neighbours? (terraced housing)
  • Have you invested in other simpler methods of house security such as timer light switches/fake or real CCTV and strong locks?
  • Is there a mains plug near where you intend to put the alarm?

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