Nearly everyone loves the constant love and affection that only a dog can truly offer, but very few people realize a dog’s full potential for a post-rule-of-law or TEOTWAWKI environment. Dogs are wonderful addition to any bug out bag checklist you’ve come up with. Aside from the obvious early detection and self defense aspect of canines, one must understand that a properly trained and equipped dog can also help you bug out. From sniffing bombs to tracking your family members, dogs have a multitude of talents that are just itching to be revealed.
No matter what your current bug-out plan is, when it comes time to make the cognitive decision to actually leave the dog behind to die a miserable death in agony and solitude, or take him with you, you’ll most likely decide to take him with you. You’ve prepared for yourself and your family, but have you considered your dog’s emergency needs? What about the ways that he can assist you?
Clearly we can sit here all day long telling you about the vast array of preps that you should have in place, but since I have newborn to tend to and I am already severely sleep deprived, allow me to continue with the 1st essential preps to get your K9 ready for tactics and bugging out.
To clarify, there are many novels written about the art of bugging out, and everyone has a different view on what it should look like. Are you going by car, truck, or train? What about by boat, or simply by foot? Since bugging-out on foot seems to be the worst case for me, we’ll focus there.
My long term intention with this series of posts is to touch on tactical training with your dog. Due to that, I’ve selected gear that will take me in that direction for the long haul. With that said, the first piece of gear that you should consider is a Molle-Capable Vest for your dog.
Since I have a German Shepherd, that’s an easy thing to come by. However, it’s not hard to find backpacks and sweaters for dogs now, so if you have to buy an off-the-rack item for your dog from petsmart, just make sure it’s not colored with glitter and rainbows – you can always have a seamstress add Molle, but you can never undo gay.
My goal was to make sure that my dog could carry his own supplies to sustain himself for at least 24 hours so I’m not forced to haul his food and water for him. If you missed the hilarious article about my duck and pheasant hunting German Shepherd, then I’ll tell you now that he’s trained to help me hunt… so gathering food won’t be my initial struggle.
I wanted him to be able to carry a canteen of water, a day or two worth of dry food, and anything else is simply a bonus. It also needed to be versatile, and capable of working into my existing systems, so Molle Compatible gear was essential in my decision making process.
Keep in mind that each pound you add to your dog will result in calories burned and water lost. For this fact, along with not wanting to put added weight on my dog’s hips, I’ve strategically picked items for him to carry. So let’s examine his vest now, and discuss the thoughts behind each item, and help you create a list of items to keep in your dog’s bug out bag.
1) Infidel Patch for added tough-ness.
2) Canteen of water with stove and cup to cook food like opossum, etc
3) Folding bows to maximize efficiency with food/water
4) Conibear Trap(s) for catching additional food
5) Fire Starting Device(s) (flint and magnesium)
6) 9mm Mags
7) AR15 Mags
8) Daily servings of food, divided into 3 bags
9) Paracord or leash
10) Trifexis (for flee and tick control)
Clearly the magazines of ammo not only add to the essential intimidation factor, but will come into play with the tactical dog training posts to follow. To quote Harry Reid, I’d love him to be able to carry a “100 Clip Magazine,” but that would be a bit too much weight. Besides, according to Rep. Diana DeGette (D-Colo.) the chief co-sponsor of the High Capacity Ammunition Feeding Device Act, once they’re fired they are disposable, I have to buy a new one anyway. Due to this, I’ll stick with just two mags of .223 and 2 mags of 9mm.
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