first shot blank ?
Why not ? if it is your intention to fire one in the air to let them know whos boss, why pay for home repairs ?
On the other hand, what if that blank didnt cycle the gun ?
anyway, I think a good dog is for the guy who dont like to shoot people in the home.
Dog, alarm system, good locks, automatic lights with bedroom alarm, all the security stuff is necessary, after all, a gun will do you no good if you are asleep.