If you’re like most preppers, you’ve thought through a plethora of scenarios ranging from the inevitable collapse of the US Dollar, to Nuclear War and possibly even an Invasion By Foreign Troops… Regardless of the scenarios, have you considered what you will do if they have search and attack dogs? Do you know the six simple tricks to evade them, whether your bugging out or sitting at home?
As many of you know, I have spent much of my previous life as a professional magician/illusionist and parrot trainer – skills that went side by side. I’ve since tried to leverage those skills into post-apocalyptic skill sets… including training dogs to track as well as hunt. If you haven’t read my article on training dogs to work after TEOTWAWKI, I highly suggest you read that post after this article: Training Your Dog For SHTF
During my research and field testing while training my german shepherd, I discovered that there are a few very effective mistakes that I could potentially encounter that would make my dog worthless from a tracking perspective. Realizing these vulnerabilities made me ask myself, “What if I was the one being pursued?” This question, of course, led me to the following tips.
- Early Detection – Know you’re being chased; whether by early detection sensors, seismic alert systems, radio interception, or other methods.
- Navigate Through Heavily Populated Areas – If you’re in an urban environment, stay in heavily populated areas. This will keep the dogs from being able to pick up your scent, and watchful eyes will have to pick you out of a massive crowd.
- If In The Woods, Watch Your Step – Try to use river beds when possible. If there’s snow, seek dry ground.
- Pee On Three Different Trees, In A Triangular Pattern – I don’t mean to draw a triangle on three trees, but rather to use your scent to mark three different trees in different directions. This will buy you some time.
- Understand Dogs’ Weaknesses – Dogs that are trained to track scent. They are restrained by their owners. Be in better shape than their owner, and you greatly increase your odds of evading search dogs.
- Carry Pepper Spray – Or as I often refer to it as “Prepper-Spray”. If you have a rail mounted pepper spray, you’re always ready to repel an attack, or confuse their scent. Spray a square on the ground, and spray your feet. The scent is too painful for dogs to willingly choose to follow.
During the filming of another short-episode for InfidelBodyArmor.com, I was able to test this theory and put it into the video. Now, you certainly don’t have to have a rail mounted pepper spray, but if you do, then you’ll never have to worry about misplacing it.
In our last video, you see how effective this is on another person, now watch the newest video for yourself to see how it confuses tracking dogs.