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08/21/2018 / By Janine Acero
A dog is a versatile pet. Different breeds are meant for different purposes. Some breeds are absolute couch potatoes which make for great cuddle-buddies, some dogs are excellent travel companions, and there are breeds that are perfect for protecting your home from intruders and other dangers.
If you’re a prepper with a homestead, your bug-in home won’t be complete without a dog. Specific breeds are trained to enhance their instincts as guard dogs, livestock guardians, or herding dogs. (h/t to TheSurvivalistBlog.net.)
In any SHTF situation, there’s always the threat of looters that will try to take whatever they can, even trespassing onto other people’s properties. Your supply of food and water, in particular, will become a primary target.
Preppers will have a type of defense system for their homestead, but it pays to have your own guard dog for additional protection. Invest in a pair of quality guard dogs and their training; your dog has to be trained well with the family members that will be their primary handlers. If you want to ensure your family’s survival, proper training will help your dog do its job of protecting you efficiently.
Below are some of the best breeds of guard dogs:
Your livestock will also need protection from predators or raiders that may want to steal your food source. Here are some of the best dog breeds for livestock guarding:
Unlike livestock guardian dogs whose job it is to watch out for predators and protect your animals, herding dogs are trained to control the herd to go wherever the owner wants them to go. Here are some excellent herd dogs:
Like in any endeavor, it pays to do your homework before jumping into dog ownership. Visit trusted breeders and interact with different dogs to gauge their health, personality, and level of obedience. It’s ideal to buy your future watchdog as a puppy so you can ensure it has been trained well, and bond with you and your family while it’s growing up.
Visit NaturalNewsPets.com for more tips on choosing the perfect best friend for you and your family.
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