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Five Reasons You Need a Dog in Your Prepper Group

In Security by M.D. Creekmore6 Comments

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In a world where terrorist acts, cyber hacks, and violent threats are becoming ever imminent, the challenges faced by security teams are becoming increasingly complex and difficult. Security dogs, detection dogs, and their handlers and trainers play an increasingly vital role in the multitude of security issues, ranging from deterring criminals from large infrastructure sites to fighting organized crime and terrorist acts.

A security dog is vital to a team, as unlike any security camera or device, which can be disabled and cut off, a security dog is a constant physical presence, that can sense threats and act in real-time. In the security sector, there are currently over 5,000 dogs in service, here are 5 of the reasons why so many companies choose to include a dog on their security team.

1. Heightened Senses:

Security dogs can be extremely useful to any security team, as they are able to smell, see and hear a hidden intruder much quicker than any human. These K9s have around 200 million sensitive cells in their nose, which makes their sense roughly 40 times more sensitive than the human nose.

A little-known fact is that dogs can actually taste their smells, so professionally trained dogs can easily detect smells from the source of the intruder, or from residual smells of the area where an intruder once was. It is said that a security dog and its handler have the ability and strength equivalent to 8 security guards.

2. Rigorous Training:

In order to successfully train a security dog, the handler must tap into their ‘internal play drive’, which means that they must reward the animal for any successful completion of a task. Dogs respond well to positive reinforcement and this must remain a constant throughout the process to instill loyalty and obedience into their being.

Repetitive exercises between the dog and the handler may seem like a simple task to complete and may seem unnecessary when in reality, the dog is being trained on how to successfully sniff/ detect a bomb in an instant, which could potentially save hundreds of lives.

3. Deterrence:

Whether you own a shop, nightclub, infrastructure site or nightclub, some level of security is vital. For example, if you’re a nightclub owner, it is necessary to have a security guard at the door, drug detection dogs and potentially security guards dotted around the club.

For infrastructure sites, owners may have K9 protection units put into place. However effective these dogs may be in a real-time situation, it is believed that 74% of criminal acts can be prevented by the threat of the repercussion itself. So if a vandal tries to enter an infrastructure site, they are more likely to turn back if they see a guard dog at the gates. The appearance of threat is essentially just effective as the actual threat.

4. Drug and Explosive Detection:

Canines are particularly useful for the detection of abnormal or illegal loads. Their heightened senses and the training they receive have resulted in the detection of illegal drugs, immigrants and other objects being transported either in the back of vans, in baggage at the airport or even across the border in cars.

When it comes to high-profile events, organizers need to conduct thorough explosive searches before during and after the event, which means that there can be no room for error or miscalculation.

Security dogs are essentially the initial contact or detection with bombs or illegal substances. The initial detection by a security dog is supplemented by an extensive confirmation process, but without them on a security team, many fatalities could have occurred.

5. Loyalty and Obedience:

Guard dogs get pleasure and positive reinforcement from patrolling and defending their territory. Their rigorous training means that they will be alert, quick, strong and highly territorial, but will not be aggressive until instructed to be so.

The standard for dog handling and training have recently been revised, on how dog handlers should professionally look after their dog on a day to day basis. This best practice and advice means that a security dog will have all of the correct training and obedience, to ensure safety and safe practice for the security team and those in the operating area.

Security dogs are a vital addition to any security team, they offer a new perspective and set of skills on the ongoing issues of the 21st century. The threat of violent acts and terrorism may never go away, so new solutions need to be added into the mix to ensure the safeguarding of businesses and of potential victims.

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  1. Thank you. I love the things you post. I have always had a dog or 2 from beagles to labs. I love the labs for the fact that they are very protective of me, my family, and my Property. The Labs also are great hunters and easy to train. I know other breeds are also but as a mix use I will stick with my Labs.

  2. Koehler is not the best source. As a matter of fact, his old methods are not liked by many. And dogs are not simply trained through repetition to detect drugs, explosives, living or dead humans, or contraband. There is a specific process. A dog’s natural skills are developed and it is trained to perform specific actions based on specific commands.

    What repetition does is to instill the commands and actions, their proper execution and makes the training second nature to the dog just as humans practice to become better, faster, more precise and for their actions to become second nature and feel natural to them.

    I don’t want to be negative, but I found a lot of weird comments or statements in this article. And while dogs can be useful in many types of businesses and situations, there are those people who don’t like the idea of dogs on their property or in their place of business. It’s also possible to have too many dogs and a night club with people under the influence is not a place for multiple dog/handler teams.

    Also there are no universal standards nor are trainers united across professions. There is this belief that anyone in law enforcement or the military is an excellent trainer. EHHHH!!! Sorry, but that’s just not true, Thank you for playing. I wish it was so, but the various sectors (competition, sport, hunting, search and rescue, military, law enforcement, security, civilian) are not united and you’ll find a lot of egotistical types and “know it all’s” abound. People can be cliquish and egocentric and many trainers, handlers, care takers, breeders, etc., are.

    And there is a distinct difference between a handler and a trainer. A person may be a great handler, but is no more a dog trainer than a person who is an expert on beer can claim to be a brewer. Yet, I see people assume that someone is an expert trainer when they are not. And there are people who handle or work with dogs and think they’re the ultimate source of knowledge and skill in handling animals. often they learn from one person and never question what they’ve been taught, expand their knowledge or experiment to test theories or methods.

    You need to judge each trainer individually and don’t assume ability or honesty. There are good trainers and bad trainers in ALL areas and ALL sectors of dog training. At the same time don’t assume your dog will be the next Rin Tin Tin based on what breed books say or the glowing statements of the breeders you might buy a dog from. I have read many articles about the ideal breeds for survival and all they have done is regurgitate the material in the AKC breed books. Those profiles are helpful, but dogs have their own personalities and many behave differently than a book might suggest.

    Dogs are wonderful and I love dog training, but I despise the perpetuation of ignorance and the liars and con artists. Use your common sense, learn as much as you can and don’t just assume anything about anyone, any technique, or any dog.

  3. Another winning article.
    I prefer dogs to people, 100%
    I’ve had the pleasure of owning outstanding dogs. Each carries their traits and it’s amazing to see them unfold as you raise and teach them. I’ve raised all my dogs from puppy age and I didn’t choose them, they chose me. Literally as I made contact with them, stepping back and waited for the pup to decide if I was its choice and that’s how they became mine.
    Back in September I had to do the right thing and put my baby to rest after 14 years. I’d get another one but at present it would not be the right thing to do.
    My life is being consumed by my employer and it wouldn’t be right to take on the responsibility of owning a dog.
    I’m hoping come summer when I can tell the boss where to go that I will be able to find my new friend.

  4. 5 Reasons you need a dog in your prepper group? While security is foremost, other considerations like hunting, livestock herding and guarding are also important. Want a dog to keep a cow from rolling you if you have to work on her calf? Want a dog to keep the varmints out of the henhouse? Want a dog to protect your children and yourself? Want a dog to hunt anything from squirrel to bear? These dogs exist and do all these things naturally and with little training. Look for breeds raised to protect the pioneer farmstead, hint, they are not in the AKC.

  5. Good article.
    Not all dogs need to be trained, nor all of them trainable. The two at home were both rescues but each has their strengths. One is a lab/ jack russel mix, the other a beagle/basset.
    Hardly 2 months after arriving the beagle had our lab trained in self defense by play fighting. They had a chance one night to show a pair of would be thieves that they were furry missiles ready to launch.
    Wannabe thieves come from the big city and walk down a small town street, some distance apart. They tell occupants in a car following behind what to pick up. In this event the dogs were on leash for a walk at night. They quickly sized up each of the spotters and were silently tensed up waiting to be released. The would be thieves got the message and slowly walked away from the area. No one robbed.

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