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Friday, July 7, 2017

Dog Bug-out Go-Bag List


Dog Bug-Out Go-Bag List
Evacuate with your Dog and Pets


Willie ready to bug-out

Hi everyone, 

For those of you who haven't heard of a Bug-out bag, it is a carry bag, backpack or in a dog's case, saddlebag that you pack with emergency survival gear to last a certain amount of time, 24 hours, 48 hours, 72 hours. 

It's also called a go-bag, ready pack, grab-bag or 72 hour pack and it is meant to be hold what you need to survive in the event of a disaster or emergency or if you are away from basic needs for extended amounts of time. The basic needs to survive are food, water, first aid but other items can make the journey or stay much more enjoyable or productive and safe. 

Such as a simple fish hook and line can feed you for days and long after the food in the Bug-out bag runs out. 

While doing search and rescue work we were required to carry at all times a 72 hour backpack or pack no matter what we were engaged in or how many other people were with us, we each had to be able to take care of and provide for ourselves.

In an actually disaster or emergency, you will too, each of will have to take care of ourselves for a little while until help arrives. This can be minutes or days depending on the situation and location.

This go-bag or bug-out list is made up from items I actually used during search incidents and also includes what is recommended by FEMA and other agencies. 

Each person and pet should have a bag of it's own.

One of the first things I realized when I started writing the family disaster dog lessons was that most dogs could carry some of our survival gear or extra first aid supplies or food along with their own pet supplies. 

Then I wondered why didn't somebody else think of this :) Why didn't my Bloodhound carry my 72 hour bag way back then, oh the backache I could of saved myself today. I actually fitted Daisy and Willie up with bags as we wrote the first article and they both loved being so much help, they got excited and wanted to wear the bags everywhere. 

Daisy pictured below was a big girl, she even had a frying pan hanging for us to cook supper with. She was 12 years old and Willie was older when he started bug-out bagging, we had fun with it.





When I looked online, I found out that all of the dog or pet bug-out bags (emergency survival bag) recommendations or lists follow a general rule of suggestions that usually contain only basic pet items and not many people had thought of including the dog owners emergency preparedness items in a dog saddlebag, along with the dog's food for disaster or evacuation purposes. I did find a few campers and hikers that use dogs for carrying items but no specific dog bug-out bag for people. Which is my idea if anybody wants to produce them, let me know, I'm working on putting them together and if you do not wish to make your own, I can also put one together for you at cost of items and shipping. email me 

I do sell packed family disaster dog bags at events I do...here is Dumpster dog getting one..


He's new bag is still being adjusted when this picture was taken


I thought this was a great idea because the dog can be included in being prepared for an emergency and instead of us trying to save the dog during a flood or tornado, the dog is helping us save the family or ourselves. 

Teach just one of family disaster dog training lessons to any dog and it may save a life, the dog doesn't need to learn them all plus this concept of having the dog rescue us does not leave the dog out of disaster planning where the dog ends up lost or left behind or in a shelter. 

The dog has a purpose to stay with the family and help too. Why not use the dog's natural age old assistance they are always willing and ready to give us. 

Everyone I talk to agrees that the dog carrying the bag is a great helpful idea, and we think, our dogs are proud to carry extra things we might need. Then they have a job instead of being scared and in distress. You can teach them to get the saddlebags and bring them to you, this is not hard to do. I have the lesson up on the lesson page above in the menu bar, you'll find the link.

Also, I have a lesson that teaches how your dog can wake you and family members in an emergency or when tornado or storm sirens go off. You can send the dog to wake the children while you get the car ready and a well planned family could have a dog that helped load the car by bringing the children and gear to the car then all you do is open the doors.

The dog carrying a backpack can save valuable time and energy, this could be especially helpful for families with young children who can't carry much weight over long foot travel or an elderly person who can't carry much. Other people would have to carry twice the load in that case, if there isn't a dog to help with the load.

I think it’s a good idea to evaluate this list based on your own experience, location and then add items to it that might be useful for you and your families environment.  

This list is not large because it is meant to be lightweight and take up less space so you and your dog can carry food, water and a change of clothes in your backpacks. You may have to travel several miles on foot and the weight of a backpack can become a critical aspect when you have a long way to walk. 


The 72 hour Go-Bag or Ready Bag that is recommended by FEMA and emergency management directors worldwide is designed for you to carry so you can walk to a safe location and survive for 3 days.

Notes:
Unless you have a very small dog or pet, such as a bird, don’t worry about having a dog crate to evacuate with unless you want to drag it along with you as you walk. A crate is important if once you get to your bug out place or safe house. It is a good idea to have a crate waiting for you at your evacuation destination. 

A leash is more important to have on your person, along with basic obedience training for your dog in case a leash is not available.

A pillow case is handy to hold cats or other small mammals during extremely frightening times because the animal cannot see what is going on, they can breath and the material is comforting like a nest.

Birds can be slipped into a sock with the head out of a hole or gently covered so they do not see and get upset. Most animals can become very scared when people get excited or traumatized. It is safer to crate them or put them in a quite area away from the excitement, if at all possible.

If left on their own, most animals will seek shelter and come out after the excitement calms down and they will stay close to home unless they are scared away, and then most will return to a familiar location in a day or two.


Family Disaster Dog Bag ( basic)





Animal Rescue Shelters Recommendations
If you must leave your pets behind 

Inform animal rescue workers of your pets’ status by Writing On your front door or in a highly visible window, use chalk, paint or marker to write the number and types of pets in your residence. Include their location in your home and the date that you evacuated. 


Leave plenty of water in a large, open container that cannot be tipped over.


Leave plenty of food in timed feeders to prevent your pet from overeating.

Do not tie up your pet in your home.

If you have any ideas you would like to share with others, please do in the comment section below.




Dog or Pet 72 hour Ready Bag


Dog Go-Bag and People Bug-Out Bag..........List of Items Needed



The Blue print are my recommendations. The black print is the usual list everyone tells us

These items are usually suggested by others for you to carry in your bug-out bag for your dog and with your own things, not on your dog and in it's backpack/saddlebags because nobody thought of it before now,,,


A current color photograph of you and your pet together (in case you are separated)

Food, water – 3-day supply for each pet and person (Tie water bottles on outside of packs and use dehydrated breakfast, dinners, snacks and dog food)

Bowls -with lids, you can pack small items in these to fit in the space of dog backpack, can be used as cups too

Collar and leash -for dogs and cats too

Muzzle ( This is in case the dog is hurt and snapping from pain or fear)

Poop Scoop Baggies

Treats, toy

Blanket, towel, or newspaper for warmth

ID tag should always be on pet

Extra name tag

License number

Pet carrier or crate for each pet labeled with pet and owner’s information (keep near your bag).



Contact Lists Should be

Place in Pet’s backpack or rescue coat

Be aware that some shelters will only allow service animals. In a large-scale disaster, animal shelters will be set up when possible. Many of these facilities will be closed to the public in order to be able to deal with the rescues going in through other channels. The case load will be to large to take care of everyone which is why people should learn all they can about surviving without help.

1. Name, address and phone number of veterinarian, animal control and shelters in the  area. 

2. People to contact to take care of the animal 

This is a good idea if you are in a situation away from home so your animal can be taken care of. 

3. Be sure you leave a note with a friend about your pet being left at a kennel or day care in case something happens to you so they can get your pet. Kennels or day care facilities are often left with abandon dogs whose owners have disappeared.

If you are in a disaster, unless you have direct contact to a person, do not count on anybody to be able to help you because they might be in the same situation and need help themselves.

4. Vaccination and medical records

5. Allergy or other special instructions


Most first Aid Kits Recommend These Items

Scissors-other pocket knife
Gauze pads
Wipes
Instant cold pack (to big to carry-cold mud works in a pinch)
Adhesive tape
Tweezers
Soap
Antiseptic cream
Eye drops






Family Disaster Dogs recommends adding 
these items to your dog’s Go-Bag or Bug Out Bag

compass and a map of your area

A Scent Article from each family member packed individually and secured in a plastic bag. Even if your dog is not trained they can be given a scent and they will seek the scent if you pay close attention you can read the dog, for instance, the nose may point in the person's direction while the dog remains sitting.


A couple of small flashlights with extra batteries or another light source

Water Purification Tablets

12 Hour Emergency Bright Sticks

16 Hour Hand Warmer

2 Mylar Emergency Blanket

Extra Collar & Leash Set

Reflective Dog Vest

Rain Coat and Boots will give your dog some protection

in a nuclear fall out as will a full

Body rain suit for your self-extra shoes can hang on outside of bag

Tie-Out leash or chain 10-15 ft long

Powder Gatorade or electrolytes

Large Tea Bags (stops bleeding on dog or you, wet tea bag -hold on wound)

Candles and matches in a waterproof baggie.

Fire-starter (can buy in hunting section of stores)

Silverware, cup and bowl for yourself

Toothbrush, hair brush and personal items to make yourself feel better, a favorite picture, toy or blanket,food item or comfort item always helps too

A book to read, like the family disaster dog book which is made to fit in a Bug-out bag


Nutri-Cal is Concentrated Dog Food source used for sick animals that cannot eat. 1 teaspoon per 10 lbs body weight will keep your dog alive after you run out of dog food. This is a good standby to have.

Bandanna or scarf for muzzling, bandaging or using to hold your dog if you lose your other equipment. This should be hung on your dog’s pack as a flag for visibility by you at night. A bandanna is one of my favorite pieces of equipment because of their many uses. 

Plastic baggies to waterproof everything in the backpack. All of these items can be rolled or folded small to fit.

A couple of large garbage bags have many uses, as a tent, a rain coat, a sleeping bag or to carry items you find to eat.

A small waterproof container that can hold 10 Q-tips, a few cotton balls, matches, a foot or two of small twine, a razor blade, needle and thread.

Your dog should carry a couple days of food and water for you also, along with a small first aid kit in addition to what you carry in your own bug-out bag survival backpack in case one bag is lost.

There are many great brands of lightweight dehydrated human and pet food in the hunting section of large retailers, like Walmart or online or help support this site and visit our amazon store at the home site.

Extra light weight clothing can be hung over the dog's backpack in a plastic garbage bag to stay clean and dry.

Thanks for reading and I hope none of you ever have to Bug-out! 

Amber





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Thursday, June 22, 2017

Family Disaster Dogs Updates-Summer 2017

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See the dog grooming instructions for pet owners at the bottom of this page too !


Great News ! 

I have the Family Disaster Dog book available again ! July 2017

Self-published this time at a lower price without the middle man publisher too !

Only $3.49 and you get all the lessons plus this page sent to your reading device or computer. (90 pages)

Get the Family Disaster Dogs Ebook Here

Disaster Dogs book, eBook and lessons
The New Family Disaster Dogs manual with more lessons and pictures that show you how your family dog can help you in emergencies and disasters. 

The original printed edition of Family Disaster Dogs (Tate Publishing 2015-2016) is no longer available except as a limited edition from the author $9.99 via the contact page.

My Puppy Can Find Me - picture books-coming soon


Three Children picture book series, eBook, lessons 

Teach your children and family dog how to work together during emergencies.
You and your children learn what to do if they are separated from you or lost.
The whole family learns together how any dog can help find family members who are hurt or lost.


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Monday, May 15, 2017

My Puppy Can Find Me

Coming soon and it's exciting !

My children's book 'My Puppy Can Find Me" using photos of my former Bloodhounds for the pictures in the books. I can't wait to see the dogs as cartoons, Bloodhounds can be such clouds.

Here's a sneak preview from the back of the book....

Dedicated to Carlos Parker OEM retired


My Puppy Can Find Me
"Does your child know what to do if they are lost? Do you know what to do if they are missing?

My Puppy Can Find Me picture book is your child’s first step on an exciting learning experience that will teach them what to do if they are lost or find themselves alone.

By reading this book with your children, the whole family will learn what to do if they are ever separated or missing and how the family dog can be of assistant during emergencies. Your children will learn valuable lessons by doing these fun exercises that reinforce and teach the pet dog and family to work together during crisis situations."

The book is shaped around three important lessons children who live with family dogs can learn, along with the dog and a parent that show them how to find each other and what the child should do if they ever find themselves lost or alone.

I have taught many children about search dogs. I spent 6 years with my daughter in 4-H, we took the search dogs to 4-H meetings, events and participated in parades. We also went to a couple of schools for demonstrations where I would ask which child wanted to take off a sock they were wearing and hide from a Bloodhound ? You should of seen the hands go up ! It was fun. They would hide and the Bloodhounds would find them. The children learned valuable lessons about what to do if they were ever lost or alone. This book is from those Bloodhound days of slobbers and shy dogs who are most brave.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

A New Pet Owner's Guide to Disaster Preparation For Your Dogs

A New Pet Owner's Guide to Disaster Preparation For Your Dogs

Bringing a new dog home requires reevaluating your current disaster plan. From house fires to widespread catastrophic events, you need to prepare for having to leave your home quickly to protect you and your pet’s safety. As your adorable new pup settles in, use these tips to prepare to keep them safe in any type of disaster.

Put Up an Emergency Alert Sticker
Window stickers are available that you can use to alert emergency response authorities to the presence of a pet in the house. These stickers provide enough space to list the number and types of animals that you have in your home along with a phone number for their veterinarian. In the case of an evacuation, make sure to write that you have all evacuated across the sticker so that no one tries to search your home for survivors.

Designate a Safe Shelter
Depending upon the emergency event, you may need to find somewhere separate for your pet to stay. As a general rule, conditions that force you to evacuate also mean that your pet is no longer safe in the home either. Designate a nearby friend or kennel as a safe shelter that you can use to lodge your dog if where you are going is not pet-friendly or safe.

Double Up on Identification
Scared dogs sometimes get loose during an emergency. For this reason, you will want to make absolutely sure that they can be easily identified. Microchipping is always the most effective type of identification since it cannot be removed. However, well-meaning people in your neighborhood can also use traditional dog tags to let you know that they have found your pet. Doubling up will ensure that you get your dog back as quickly as possible after it is found.

Pack an Emergency Kit
If you must flee your home, having an emergency kit located with your dog will allow you to quickly grab a leash and other pet care necessities. Fill your bag with the following items, and consider packing a smaller bag that you can stash in the car.
• A week’s worth of dog food
• A week’s worth of bottled water for each person and your dog
• Disposable bags for waste cleanup
• Paper towels
• An extra leash, collar and dog tags
• Feeding dish and water bowl
Grooming supplies
• Medications as needed
• Traveling crate
• Phone number for veterinarian and emergency hospital in different city
• Cage liners
• Toys, blankets and other comfort items

Plan for Sheltering in Place
Being ready to evacuate at a moment’s notice will give you confidence that you can keep your pet safe. However, you will also need to be ready to shelter in place during a severe storm. Choose a room that offers the most safety for you and your dog to wait out an emergency, and stock it with the same emergency supplies that you placed in your go bag. At the first sign of an emergency, place your leash on your dog, and lead them to their safe room for shelter.

Disaster preparation is an unfortunate necessity in life, but you will feel better knowing that you are ready for anything when it comes to keeping your new dog safe. By taking the time to prepare today, you can give your dog the best chances for surviving an emergency so that they can enjoy a healthier future.

This is a guest post from Hey Rover Be Right Over Mobile Grooming -Thanks Kyle !


Sunday, April 30, 2017

Pick a Healthy Puppy-Family Disaster Dog Lesson 1

It's spring time and that means its puppy time !

I thought this was a good time of the year to start a series of dog training posts that outline how to train a Family Disaster Dog from puppy-hood to adult. 

Here is the first of the series of weekly lessons.

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8 week old wolf puppies, photo by Amber Higgins


#1
Healthy Puppies
Know the Difference
by Amber Higgins

Healthy puppies are a sight to behold, they run, tumble, growl, and grunt, chase tails and chew on ears. Healthy puppies climb the puppy pile; they snuggle down deep together and wake up quick to come running over your feet heading out the door to the next adventure.

When puppies are present, one of the most important precautions we can take to assure that they are healthy is to observe the puppies in their own environment.  If a puppy will be joining your family, this will help  to make sure that the puppy  is healthy enough to come into your home and grow up in a new environment.

Ask the litter owner or breeder if you can look at the puppies asleep, if at all possible and spend 5 to 10 minutes watching the litter of pups while they are sleeping.

Do not disturb the puppies right away, instead you should do a visual assessment by looking them over from a short distance away.

This can be very helpful when determining the state of health of puppies from newborn and up to adulthood.

Healthy puppies will be laying around comfortable, breathing even, little paws kicking in dreams. They will have shinning coats with pink pads if real young, and pink tongues. In sleep, the healthy puppy will pacify the nursing instinct by making suckling motions like nursing on nothing but sometimes on brother’s foot or sister’s ear.

During the visual assessment, look at the puppy’s  bed and make sure it is clean and bug free, and that the puppies have access to a clean potty area. Take a deep breath and does the air near the puppies smell clean or have a bad odor and make sure the water bowl is clean and easy to reach.

Wrinkledpups Bloodhound by A. Higgins


Puppies that need attention or medical care have a tendency to lay alone while sleeping or with others who do not feel good either. They get tired easier. They will appear to just be laying there moving very little, mouthing and kicking less until woke up and they will take longer to wake up and run compared to a robust pup. The poor puppy’s fur will look course, drier, dirty, or oily looking and there will be an sick odor when puppies are not well.

There will not be an odor to notice with healthy puppies. Although, it may seem like pup potty smells until cleaned up remember a sick pup poop smells horrible, awful and the odor does not go away with the poop cleaned up and there is a difference if we are observant.  Every illness has an odor of its own and if a puppy does not smell good then it will not be feeling well soon.

I was taught by veterinarians to do this type of visual assessment with every animal encountered and now do it simply from habit after so many years. It can save valuable time when we are living with animals and the animal is needs help.

After watching the pups snooze and checking them out, wake the puppies up without food being available or given and watch them play, run and do their thing.

The differences of healthy and unhealthy puppies can be seen when puppies are wormy and sometimes sick by other diseases  and how they react by being slower to wake up, then  hungry, searching for food with big pot bellies or without bellies, depending upon the cause of the illness. The sick pups will start crying immediately or whimpering when woke up while satisfied puppies who are non- wormy and in excellent shape will go potty, get a drink of water and grab the other puppy by the ear on the way to greet you or after they see you,  if you are not offering them food.

 Healthy puppies are soon hungry, in five or ten minutes, they will be crying for food if without a mother dog or all over the mother dog if they are with her. Healthy puppies are happy to play around waiting for their food while not so healthy puppies cry for attention because they are not happy.

By watching them, you can get a fairly good idea if they are as healthy as they should be and which puppy is in excellent shape and which is in poor shape.

The next step in determining if they are healthy is to do an individual puppy assessment by examining one in the litter. Any pup will do from the group or the one you favor the most,  if you are picking one out to join your family then it is a good idea to do this with that pup too, before you take it home.

Heading to new home-photo by A.Higgins


Do Not touch any puppies that are not yours and show signs of illness if you have any dogs at home.

The sickness can very easily be carried either on your clothing, shoes or hands back to your home.

This is so easily done that walking from a wormy puppy area takes worms via your shoe sole to the next place you walk and parvo and distemper are in the air and in the odor of sickness that can be smelt, these living viruses can ride on you to the next dog.

Pick up the puppy of your choice but never pick them up by the scruff this can dislocate the shoulder blades and cause damage to the shoulders. Always support the puppy’s body with your hands.

Smell the puppy. Healthy puppies smell good; clean like fresh air early in the mornings.

Some people say they have a sweet smell. Sick or wormy puppies do not smell good, they smell bad and each illness has its own odor but all smell bad. Smell the inside of the pups ears and see if they look clean. Smell the face of the pup when you snuggle up to it and if it has bad breath that is a bad sign.

The puppy should not have a big fat belly, even after eating the stomach should be as wide as the puppy is overall.

The fur is soft to the touch on healthy puppies. The skin is flexible, you can pick the skin up between your fingertips and when released the skin will pop back into place and the skin moves easily when you rub the puppy showing signs of a well hydrated pup.

Sick puppy’s skin will dry out and lose its flexibility, if pulled up and released it will stand up or go slowly back in place because of less body fluids and the slower it goes back to place the more dehydrated the puppy is.

I hope this article helps you pick the best puppy for your family !

If you have any dog advice or training questions feel free to ask via email.

6 wk old Liver Bloodhound pup- 1999 by A. Higgins



Sunday, April 23, 2017

The goal of this Blog is to Provide Free Search Dog Training to Families and Their Dogs

The goal of this Blog is to Provide Free 
Search Dog Training to Families and Their Dogs 





Which will enable each family to respond 
and do something while waiting for help to arrive
during neighborhood emergency and disaster incidents, 
extreme weather, war and terrorist attacks. 

Good Luck and Be Safe !



The dogs say Be Ready ! 

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Training Dogs and Weather


Bloodhound- Wrinkledpups Daisy Mayham photo by A. Higgins

Weather plays an important role in training dogs, so let's talk a little bit about training your dog in the foul weather conditions. 


When working a search dog one has to work in all weather conditions and all possible situations in order to expose the dog to different environments and scenarios so that the dog and handler is familiar with each event or condition they may encounter in a real incident. This also teaches the dog and handler how to problem solve and work those situations better. 

This is also true with time of day and day of the week. 

People get lost in all types of weather, any time or day and many times the weather is why they are missing, such in floods or tornadoes. Disasters are often weather related so it makes sense to train with your dog in all types of weather plus most dogs do not mind the weather like we do but some do.

I have met many dogs that prefer to stay indoors in bad weather. I had a bloodhound named Yeti who even as a young pup refused to step into the rain. I would open the back door to let her in and she would be against the door standing four feet planted on the door frame. I could never figure out how she did that with four feet and fit in the door when she was grown up she would fall into the house from leaning on the door ! But pull out a harness and leash then out the door she would go to track anything down, rain, snow or hail. 

What matters is how fun we make training or work for the dog because they will go along for the fun of it, especially if they find it interesting.

All weather conditions affect the search scene and how the search will be handled by the dog and handler because of environmental changes that happen to the scent particles  when exposed to different variables. These variables can be temperature, moisture, humidity,wind, terrain  just to name a few. There is a whole science behind scent and weather.  

Keep in mind, you and your dog constantly learn from each incident or training because each incident is different in one way or another, no two are the same.  With scent dogs, no location is the same tomorrow as it was today because scents constantly change and move which is why it is important to work in all weather. 

Amber


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Bloodhound - George
with me,
I owned his parents and grandparents, he went to live in Texas with another of my hounds when I moved west.



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