SurvivalBlog Resources: Retreat Security

Introductory Note: The following is another in a series of articles by JWR that will link to some of the thousands of archived SurvivalBlog articles and letters, grouped topically.

Today, we address the broad issue of retreat security measures.

In my estimation, many preppers have a tendency to over-buy on their gun budget and under-buy on their night vision and intrusion detection budget. I would much rather own just a few guns and have a full complement of other key retreat security gear. After all, humans can’t see well at night with un-aided eyes, and we can’t be vigilant 24 hours a day. Many of the following articles address such gaps in retreat security planning, gear, and training. And some of your most important “gear” might be very low tech or even “no tech”—such as trip flares, bells, and well-trained guard dogs.

Thee following are just a sampling of the articles and letters on retreat security that have been posted over the past 11 years:

Closing Note: You can use our recently improved Search box at the top of the blog’s right hand column to find even more articles. (The ones that I’ve linked to are just a sampling.) The new Search tool is much more useful that the old one. When searching, use quote marks around terms that need to appear together, for example: “photovoltaic panel”. You can also use the word “and” in search phrases to combine multiple search terms, such as “seismic and detection”. – JWR

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One Response to SurvivalBlog Resources: Retreat Security

  1. Michelle from Canada says:

    Dear James,

    You said guard dog. My favorite words. A guard dog is not a protection dog. It is a well trained dog in obedience, and you teach him to warn you. When he barks you praise him. You tell him he did the right thing, and then you command him to stop and you verify with the dog what the matter is. Always follow up. One day the dog warning might save your life. Dogs bark when they know strangers are coming , or when there is a fire starting, or fumes that should not be there. Are there animals attacking your live stock? Your dog will certainly know before you.

    Many large dogs can be good guard dog. A protection dog is a different ball game. It requires special training with experts you can trust. The animal must be healthy in mind and body.

    The livestock guardian can be a protection dog as well. He will protect the family the same way he protects your livestock. You must be the directive pack leader. Don’t be aggressive. That dog can decide to challenge you. You never train those dogs with protection training. They do this instinctively. You build the relationship with the livestock and the humans in the family. Never roughhouse with those dogs. No, it is not cute. I am talking about a dog that can take on a wolf and kill it. The Anatolian Shepherd is one of them. They can live with people in the house and they can live in the barn with the animals they must protect. They spend time in the field with them. This dog should have a good calm temperament. You can pet this dog, but do not roughhouse with them. This dog has a powerful jaw. He can hurt someone without any malice on his part simply because of his powerful jaw. But that jaw can save your cow, or sheep. Their presence in the field is often enough to keep wolves at bay.

    Do not destroy the breed by breeding dogs that should not be bread together. Good calm friendly temperament and heath is important. No aggressive behavior with people inside the house should be tolerated. In the barn with animal he must protect he should be calm and comfortable with them. These dogs are introduce with the cattle when they are older puppies. The training start there. In the field, the Anatolian Shepherd is a calm and alert dog. He may sit, or down in the field or walk around his territory. He is watching, you can bet on it.

    Put a special protective collar with pikes, around his neck to protect him in combat during a wolf attack. You can have two of these dogs to insure your dogs win the fight. These dogs don’t simply bark when danger comes. They will kill the attacker. You can watch this on You Tube.
    There is also the Akbash dog (Turkish origin) with good temperament. Those are working dogs. A good breeder is a must. Find one.
    A working dog is a happy dog because he has a job to do for you. He should be treated with kindness, and given specific directives.

    Any dog should not be permitted to access your sofa. A dog’s place is on his cushion on the floor.
    Most large breed dogs can be trained as guard dogs. Temperament is the best indicator.
    Can you get an adult dog of one or two years old as guardian? Yes. You will recognize the temperament of that dog, very fast.at that age. You don’t want a fearful dog or a super aggressive one.

    concerning the guard dog, it is a question of temperament and basic training.

    Good luck with your dog search.

    .

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