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Make Your Dog Part of Your Survival Plan

America is a land of pets. Several people have pets in our home and in many homes the pets are treated as good as the kids are. There are pet spas where Jack can get a new doo and even pet morticians who can help beware of Jack’s final resting place.

I really don’t know when man first started domesticating the dog, but it’s to go pretty way back. Dogs are a part of helping mankind in the struggle for survival since long before we had our modern conveniences creating our lives comfortable. Dogs are used in work and in searching, to increase their owner’s ability. They’ve also been protectors, guarding over youngsters, sheep and whole families.

If you’ve got dogs, then you need to make them part of your survival plan. Huge dogs are a lot of helpful for this, but even smaller dogs can be very useful in watching over your home and family.

Dogs as Guards

It is usually accepted amongst the prepper community that in the case of any major disaster, we can expect to own marauding bands of looters looking for food and whatever else they can find. This shouldn’t surprise us, because the looters come out for pretty much any disaster, to see however they can take advantage of it. The massive difference in a major disaster, will be that they’ll be looking for food and different necessities, more than looking for massive screen televisions to steal.

For this reason, a number of different books have suggested keeping guards on watch at your home or survival retreat. There’s just one downside with that; guards who agency ar watching for marauders aren’t doing much to assist your family survive. That’s not a very efficient use of manpower.

On the other hand, dogs are nice natural guards. They’re territorial, so it’s natural for them to raise the alarm once anyone approaches their territory, friend or foe. Even little dogs work in this capability, although their bark may not do a lot of to scare any would-be intruders away.

While it’s natural for dogs to act as guards, this natural ability can be enhanced by training. One factor that they need to be trained to do is to stay on their own territory and not run off to check out the neighborhood. A dog checking out the neighborhood isn’t much of an alarm. They will even be trained so that you can silence them with a command; permitting you to talk to the person, once the alarm has been raised.

Dogs as Defenders

Dogs are natural defenders of their family and property, especially massive dogs. A dog doesn’t think anything of attacking an armed unwelcome person, even though the unwelcome person is larger and higher armed than they’re. If there’s a threat, they’re likely to attack.

Actually, there’s something frightening regarding an offensive dog, which will scare several criminals who would face you with a gun in your hand. People don’t know how to respond to it and therefore the dog moves quick enough that they don’t create a awfully simple target to hit.

If you’re planning on using your dogs as defenders, you definintely want to get them some training. They don’t need to be trained how to attack, as their play teaches them that. What they need is the training to only attack on your command and to prevent attacking on your command. Otherwise, you could end up with a dog who may be a menace to neighborhood kids.

Dogs as Babysitters

One of the most important issues with surviving with young children is the problem of attempting to get any work done, while watching over the kids. Dogs can be plenty of help there also. Dogs have a natural affinity for watching over young children and protecting them from danger. You’ll see totally untrained dogs do things like move to block a staircase in order to stop a baby from falling down it.

This is even more vital in the wild, where there’s way more that can hurt our kids than there’s in the benign atmosphere of a suburban home. Dogs naturally understand the dangers in nature and will defend the kids from them.

It is possible to train dogs for watching over children, increasing their natural ability. The Pit Bull, which is usually known to be a very mean dog, used to be called the “nanny dog” for their great ability with young children and their naturally protective nature. Families would leave the Pit Bull to watch over the kids while they were busy, knowing that nothing would happen to them.

Be Prepared to Care for Your Dogs

If you’re going to make your dogs part of your survival plan, then you’d higher be ready to pay attention of your dogs. That means taking into account their food and water needs, stockpiling those along with your family’s food and water. Fortunately, dry pet-food is fairly cheap, so you can stockpile lots for a very little amount of cash.

Don’t forget that your dogs may be ready to augment their food by hunting. Some breeds of dogs are natural hunters. That’s good, as rodents and alternative pests tend to multiply during times of disaster. You might need Jack to take out some rats or raccoons to keep their population at bay.

You should also put aside a stock of medicines for your dogs. Fortunately, you don’t need a prescription for getting veterinary pharmaceuticals. Make sure that you have medicines to take care of the most common issues, as well as enough rabies vaccine to last for many years.

Finally, you want to be able to keep your dogs away from people who are just passing by. The majority keep their dogs in the yard, however if you’re expecting the dogs to assist act as alarms against intruders, you may want to keep them in the house or in the front yard. That may require adding some additional fencing or some chains to hold the dogs and keep them from leaving your property.

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Survival training is a part of life for the prepper. It is about teaching yourself new skills that will aid in survival. Things like building a shelter, starting a fire without matches and cleaning water are all common survival skills. Prepping to handle a post-disaster situation also involves your family members. You probably run drills or teach the kids what to do when you give the word that it is time to jump into action. Have you considered how you will deal with your family’s dog in a survival situation?

Many preppers decide ahead of time whether or not they will be keeping their dog with them. Many will agree that there are plenty of benefits to keeping a dog with you whether you are hunkering down or bugging out. However, if you are keeping Fido with you, it is just as important he gets some valuable and necessary training for survival as the rest of the family.

Your dog will know something isn’t right when disaster strikes. Many have a heightened sense that gives them advanced warning of impending danger, which is yet another reason to have dogs in the household. He will sense your fear and get antsy and nervous if you haven’t properly trained and prepared him for a stressful situation. A nervous dog may bite, run off or bark incessantly. These are all things you want to avoid. Proper training will achieve that.


If you are hiding out and do not want your position given away, you need to train your dog to be silent when told. A basic hand command, like holding your hand up, is one way to train your dog to be silent when commanded. A barking, whining dog is irritating and can actually get you captured or killed. This is probably one of the most important things you can teach your pet.


There are obviously some breeds that are better for hunting than others, but most dogs can learn the art of fetching. If you are using archery or even a gun to hunt game, train your dog to fetch what you have taken down. You can also train your dog how to pick up a trail and lead you in the right direction. Hunting dogs require months and even years of training. It is best to work with someone who has experience in this area. If you will be using a gun, you need to get your dog familiar with the sound of a gunshot. You don’t want the dog to be spooked and run off in the opposite direction.


Your dog will be an excellent protector for you and your family if you can train him when to attack and when to stand down. A single word command is ideal. Saying attack and pointing at the person or wild animal who is trying to hurt you will give you the time needed to escape or find a weapon to give your dog a hand.


Sometimes you want your furry friend to make his presence known. If somebody knocks on the door or seems to be threatening in any way, a good bark from your dog may be enough to scare them off. Teach your dog to “speak” or bark when asked. A barking or growling dog can be very intimidating and the average person will leave you alone when your dog gives out its warning signal.


One of the biggest fears any parent has is losing their child in a chaotic situation. If you have bugged out and you are in the wilderness or forest, it is easy for a member of your party to get lost. Having a dog that is trained in search and the ultimate rescue of another person is an extremely handy tool. This is a training that is best started at a very young age. There is no one specific breed that is best for search and rescue, but you will see German Shepherds leading the way in this field.

It doesn’t hurt to have a couple of dogs in your pack. Some dogs are natural hunters while others are going to be natural protectors. All dogs have a very strong instinct for survival. They can truly be man’s best friend in a survival situation and assist in their human’s survival.

Do what you can to get young pups and start training them early. Be smart about the breed you choose. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a purebred, papered dog to be trained. There are plenty of mixed breeds that have become rescue dogs simply because they were given plenty of training. You are going to want to avoid pocket dogs. They are not going to be very useful in your survival, but they are cute and cuddly and could certainly be a nice companion. Extra large breeds are intimidating, but can be a little tough to squeeze into your tent at night. Mid to large dogs are typically the best bet and there are so many to choose from. Shepherds, labs, hounds and Pyrenees are all good dogs to consider.

Pit bulls, rottweilers and dobermans are all nice looking dogs that many people like to have simply because of their aggressive reputations and their very strong protective instinct. Shop around. Talk with other dog owners and find a dog or two that works best for you. Start the training early and keep up with it. The last thing you want is to have your dog run off scared when chaos ensues.