Set aside space in your survival stockpile for your dog's preferred brand of pet food or kibble. Store kibble for your dog (or cat) in a food-safe grain storage bin that will keep out pests and rodents. Stock up on at least a year's worth of pet food and rotate your supply to prevent spoilage.
Don't forget to stock up on treats for your furry buddy. Even pets need treats to comfort them during difficult times. Dogs love peanut butter, but avoid products that contain xylitol as this ingredient can cause hypoglycemia and hepatic necrosis in dogs.
Prepare a spare set of food and water bowls for your pet, with toys that will keep them entertained during a long-term survival scenario. Your pet will also need his own emergency supply of water.
When preparing a pet bug-out bag (BOB), pack all your dog's supplies in a sturdy dog saddlebag, but don't overload it with too many items. Pack only the essentials:
If you hunt, you have an extra source of food for your pet.
Save the chewy hock or the bottom part of a deer or elk's leg. Boil the meat in mildly salted water, then serve it to your pet. This also helps eliminate waste after a hunt.
Other parts of the animal that are not fit for human consumption, like the liver and other organs, can also be served as food for dogs and cats.
Start training your dog while he's still a pup. These prepper dog commands can help you and your pet survive when disaster strikes.
This basic command is one of the most important skills your dog needs to have. They should know how to stay put in an emergency.
Your dog must learn two barking-related skills.
First is how to bark on command to discourage intruders. Second is to stop barking so you can hide from intruders.
Dogs are naturally protective of their owners, but it's better to train them so you can stay in control with a command to get them to back off if needed. (Related: The 7 best dog breeds for survival and protection.)
Attack commands often include a voice command with a pointing gesture to let your dog know who to attack.
Take care of your pets, prepare their BOB, and teach them basic commands so you can protect each other when SHTF.