Hello my friend and welcome back! In the past I have done a couple of post on the significance of having a dog when SHTF hits and many of you have taken my advice and gotten a large dog for just such an event. The question is, what should you train it to do so it’s an effective survival dog. This is the subject of today’s post, so grab a cup of coffee my friend and have a seat while we visit.
Taking on the responsibility of raising a large breed dog is not for the faint of heart. It requires dedication as well as a significant amount of your time. It’s time well spent however and you will get more out of it than you will ever put in. If properly trained, they will dramatically increase your chances of survival, but just what do they need to know how to do? This is a question I have been hearing a lot lately, so hears a few suggestions for you.
The most important (in my book anyway) is to teach them to be able to focus on you and ignore other distractions such as birds and rabbits, etc. If you’re in a situation where you need him to be watching you for cues, you wouldn’t want him to run off chasing a bird that landed close to him and ruin a surprise attack. The ability is one of the most important skills you dog can have in a survival situation.
The normal commands that most people teach their pet like “sit”, lay down”, “stand,” “heal,” and “stay” are all commands you dog will need to know as well. Be sure to teach these commands first and then move on to the more complex commands.
Silence is golden, or so the saying goes, and it’s especially true when it comes to combat. You need to train your dog to know when to bark and when not to. Surprise works best when it’s on your side and you wouldn’t want to lose it because your dog barked when he shouldn’t have.
Teach your dog to socialize so they are not afraid of people they don’t know when they shouldn’t and yet know when not to trust someone. This can only happen if they are exposed to a lot of people from time to time. A good example is if you need to go to town to barter for supplies, then you’re going to want to bring him with you. This would be a recipe for disaster if he isn’t properly trained on how to act in a crowd.
Another thing he will need to know is how to crawl. You wouldn’t want to be sneaking up on someone and have your dog just walking behind you would you? He would not only give away your position, but he would become a target as well.
He will also need know how to go through tight places such as tunnels and ditches or under a building. Simply put he has to be able to follow you wherever you go without giving your position away. Something I think is really important is to teach them to find things for you using a scent, or a word that represents the object. If a member of your group is taken by members of another group, you will need your dog to be able to track and find them.
Now some of you may disagree with me on this point, but I believe you should not use your survival dog for hunting wild game. Having your dog take off after a rabbit during a conflict could be embarrassing at best and get you killed at worst. Use a different dog or group of dogs for hunting and your survival dog or they should be kept apart. Simply put, they have two different agendas and you wouldn’t want them picking up bad habits from each other.
Training your survival dog should be fun and the payoff is in drastically improving your survival odds. As to how to train them to do these tasks, there are a ton of books on the internet as well as articles and videos on how to do it . Look and you shall find my friend. I love my Survival dog and the time I spend with him. If you don’t have one, but do have the room and time to train one then by all means do so. It’s a choice you will never regret.
Well that is it for today my friend and I hope you have enjoyed this post. Until next time my friend, stay safe, stay strong and stay prepared. God Bless America!