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Dog vs Robot for Home Security

security dog in training grabbing a handler's arm In a recent blog, I showcased leading home security systems asking which one is right for you. Today, I am going to look at the controversy over dog vs robot for home security.

The topic came to my attention when I found out about a robot guard dog named Spot released by Google-owned Boston Dynamics earlier this year. Spot is a 160-pound, four-legged robot meant for both indoor and outdoor use. Electrically powered and fitted with hydraulics, the robot dog has a sensor head that helps it navigate around even rough terrain.

In the video, Spot walks into a hallway much like how any dog would. As it passes by cubicles in the Boston Dynamics office, it receives a surprise from one of the employees: getting kicked but not going down. There is sufficient force in the kick to topple a table, but Spot shows it can take a hit, quickly regaining its composure to continue walking.

There’s no information regarding the actual future for Spot. It’s anyone’s guess at this point as to what applications a kick-proof robot dog like Spot would be useful for, but imagine having him guard your home.

In the controversy over dog vs robot, I choose to have my real dogs by my side. I feel safe and well-guarded with my pack. But, Spot is pretty cute and I can just imagine him staying back as a home security robot while I take my guys on a hike.

Robot or real dog: if you want to find a new home to secure in Santa Barbara, Montecito or the surrounding communities, please call me at 805.886.9378 or email me at

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