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How To Setup The HomeSafe; Safety Technology; SafeFamilyLife; Or StreetWise Barking Watch Dog Alarm

Electronic Barking Dog Alarm, Remote Control, And Bark GraphicUpdated 10-20-2020 


The Barking Dog Alarm Enhanced Setup Instructions


Setup of Barking Dog Alarm brands Safety Technology & Safe Family Life model EWD-1, HomeSafe model 639SR, or StreetWise model SWEWD is a simple process once you are familiar with the unit. Please study these instructions, as this Main Unit is very sensitive and may need to be adjusted and moved as little as a few inches to reach the desired first time results.


 We have provided setup instructions in two parts. In part one; we have included basic setup instructions and considerations for placement of the Main Unit. In part two; we have included the process to expand the basic alarm unit by adding Motion Sensors, Remote Controls, and Door/Window Vibration sensors. Please DO NOT move on to part two until part one is completed.


Barking Dog Alarm And Remote Reversed


How To Setup The Main Unit:

Barking Dog Alarm Battery Door GraphicBarking Dog Alarm 12 Volt Port Plug

To start the setup, you need to install 8 AA size batteries so the unit can operate properly and supply backup in case of a power failure. Plug in the AC to 12 volt DC adaptor to the main unit DC power port (Fig.5).

HomeSafe Remote Control In Barking Dog Alarm Set Up Page a

Install the fresh included battery in the Remote Control.

Barking Dog Alarm FIG A-D Drawing Setup Around Metal

The Main Unit should be placed 2.5 to 5 feet from the floor with the battery side facing the object you want to see through. The speaker side faces inside the room where the sound will fill the area for a realistic sound from the outside. Fig A; B; C; and D show the right and wrong way to place the alarm around a door if it is made of metal. Notice that the alarm Main Unit is angled toward the outside of the door to improve the angle of detection.

Barking Dog Alarm Wall Mount Battery Side To The Wall

The Main Unit can also be mounted on the wall 2.5 to about 6 feet from the floor and away from heat sources.  Figures E and F show a wall mount with the broken lines showing a typical area of detection.

All of the Barking Dog Alarm Main Units mentioned in these instructions are identical with the exception of the brand name and model. They are designed to see through wood; glass; brick; plastic; and other barriers.  During setup, keep in mind that the Main Unit will NOT see through metal and there may be reduced or no penetration through ultra-thick barriers; objects that contain rebar; metal window coatings; chicken wire and any other metal that is hidden in the wall. If you have an issue, adding an outdoor adjustable motion sensor should get around the problem.

The Radar Wave/Microwave sensor is very sensitive and just like a real dog, when armed, it will activate at anything that it sees moving, including plant leaves; heavy rain; large insects; computer fans and curtains. The sensor will see movement from all sides, however only the Battery Side is designed to see through objects. The other sides have a reduced range and may activate the unit when you get close to it.

Barking Dog Alarm Switches

When set to bark, the Main Unit will give warning barks if it sees motion. If the motion continues the barking will get more vicious until the main unit no longer sees movement. The main unit will work best if it can continuously see a person as they walk toward it. The main unit can also be set to chime or siren.

Barking Dog Alarm Volume and Sensitivity Controls

The Main Unit sensitivity control can be used to set the distance that the barking dog alarm will pick up movement. This maximum distance of this control depends on the object that the sensor is looking through. Keep in mind that the higher the sensitivity is set, the more movement it will see. You may also need to move the main unit if you are not getting the desired trigger. Even a few inches can make a difference.

The Main Unit off/on volume control is used to power on the unit and set the desired volume of the bark, siren, or chime; depending on which sound type setting you have chosen.

After selecting the location to place the Barking Dog Main Unit, you will want to test the range and loudness of the alarm. For first time power up of the main unit, it is recommended that the chime mode be used.


Turn on the power by turning the power/volume adjustment switch (fig.1).  The Power/Battery low LED on the front of the Main Unit should glow green and the Arm LED may glow red indicating the alarm is armed.  

*Note If you do not see the green LED, after your turn on your Main Unit, you are running on the batteries. Be sure the adapter is plugged in to AC power and the Alarm Unit DC port .

If the Arm LED is not glowing red, Either press the Arm/Disarm button on side of the Main Unit or press the arm button on the Remote Control . The ARM LED on the front of the Main Unit will light up. In Bark mode you should hear a short bark, in chime mode you will hear a ding dong, and in alarm mode you should hear a beep. The alarm will then setup in about 60 seconds with a short beep. The Main Unit is now ready to protect your selected area.


Test the alarm by walking through the area to be protected. Use the Sensitivity Adjustment to set the desired range of the Main Unit and the Volume Adjustment to set the desired sound level.


When motion is detected it will cause the alarm to trigger. You will hear a short bark and another if detection continues twice in five seconds. The Main Unit will continue barking for about ten seconds with more than two motion detections within five seconds. If detection continues, or there is a trigger from an add on sensor, Barking will be at its most vicious (see part Two of this article for setting up add on sensors). Barking will continue for ten seconds after motion is no longer detected.


There will be a ding dong sound for each motion trigger, or add on sensor motion detection.


The Main Unit will sound a 3 second siren alarm when it detects one trigger in 5 seconds. If there are two detections within five seconds, the alarm will sound for 6 seconds. If detection continues, or there is a trigger from an add on sensor (see part Two of this article for setting up add on sensors), the alarm will continue to sound and reset 20 seconds after motion is no longer detected. 



Press the ARM/DISARM button on the Main Unit, or press the DISARM button once on the Remote Control. The arm LED will go out and there should be a short beep.

HomeSafe Remote Control In Barking Dog Alarm Set Up Page


The Panic Button on the Remote Control will sound a siren alarm for 20 seconds when pressed.


When the unit is plugged into home power and the Power/Battery low LED glows amber, it is time to change to a new set of AA Backup Batteries. Failure to do so may cause false triggers of the alarm Main Unit or failure of the alarm to detect if there is a power loss.

The Main Unit includes one Remote Control that has been matched to the Main Unit at the factory. If you have, need to get around metal, or you plan to purchase Add On Motion Sensors, Door/Window Sensors, or extra Remote Controls, please read PART TWO for instructions to match them to the Barking Dog Main Unit and for setup. 


You can see our Barking Dog Alarm in Action by clicking Here. There will be a 4 minute video on the lower are of the page.  

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7 thoughts on “How To Setup The HomeSafe; Safety Technology; SafeFamilyLife; Or StreetWise Barking Watch Dog Alarm”

    1. For Security Sake

      When setting up the barking dog alarm to detect through glass, consider the following. The Barking Dog Cannot see through metal. Some glass coatings are metal based and many screens are made of metal. Also if the glass gets bright direct sunlight, this may affect the ability of the sensor. If you are having trouble getting the unit to detect through glass, I would suggest either moving the Barking Dog Alarm to a wall near the glass or add an outdoor motion sensor to the system. The outdoor motion sensor mounts outside and will send a signal to the Barking Dog Alarm.

    1. For Security Sake

      It is hard to reply to this as there isn’t much information in your post.

      I can only answer to the Safety Technology, HomeSafe, Safe Family Life, and Streetwise barking dog alarms, which have about one minute to setup when you arm them. After the alarm sets up, it will bark at anything that moves until it no longer sees movement. Anything means AC moving drapes near it, heat sources that are to close, and plants moving in the breeze.

      If your talking about the add on sensor(s) they will cause the above mentioned alarms to bark immediately after the above mentioned setup if they see movement and will continue until they no longer see movement.

      The main difference to the Main unit and the add on sensors is that the main unit will give a warning bark and get more vicious as movement continues. When an add on sensor is triggered, it will cause the main unit to bark viciously immediately.

    1. Thank you for your question Lowell Franklin,

      The main unit would need to be protected as it is not weatherproof. Weather damage would void the warranty.

      The way that the system is designed relies on barking sounds bouncing off room walls to make it sound realistic from the outside. Some customers place the unit in a dog house to protect it and to help with the realistic sound.

      The optional outdoor adjustable motion sensor is weather resistant and will trigger the main unit to bark, however no barking sounds come from the sensor itself.

      I hope this helps answer your question.

  1. I realize that the batteries are required in case the power is lost, but, if I don’t care about that, are the batteries still required in the unit if it is plugged into my home power? Thanks.

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