All posts for the month July, 2015


By Pat Henry – The Prepper Journal

Not only is your dog a good companion, but he or she could potentially save your life in a survival situation. With the proper training, you can transform your cuddly puppy into a smart, disciplined survivalist. Training takes time and patience but there are some commands you can teach your dog that could help you out in an emergency or dangerous situation. Start out training your dog the right way with these commands your dog should know.

Teach your Dog to Speak

You don’t need to invest in a full-scale alarm system for your home because your dog’s bark can ward off any predators approaching your home. To teach this command, kneel in front of your sitting dog with treats clearly visible in your hand. Get your pup’s attention, and, in a happy tone, say his name while showing him a favorite toy, but not letting him have it.

Say speak, and give him time to respond. Repeat this process until he barks, and then reward him with a treat. Once he masters the trick, try it out in different areas without treats. Your dog’s bark could save you if there’s an intruder in your home, you’re stranded in the wilderness or you’re awaiting rescue.


Training a dog isn’t rocket surgery, but it does involve patience and some technique. This is the book we used for our Survival Dog. She is still a work in progress.

Teach your Dog to be Quiet

Additionally, teaching your dog to be quiet when you don’t want your cover blown is equally important. Pick a command like “hush” or “quiet,” and use it consistently. When training him how to be quiet, wait for him to bark. Once he does, quickly get his attention with a second sound, such as a whistle or clap. Once you have his attention, use your command and give him a treat for obeying. Repeat this two to three times in a row and continue over the next couple days until he masters the command.

However, if you’re working with an unruly dog, such as a yippy terrier or high-energy breed, you may need to use an electric dog collar with a bark-limiter. Trigger the vibration, and use a vocal command to teach your dog to stay quiet. Amazon offers a wide range of electric collars for dog training and hunting. This method isn’t necessary for most dogs provided you are patient and willing to spend the time training them. Breed differences can vary with how much they bark, but I think most of the time unwanted behaviors can be trained out of your dog with time. Our dog is extremely high energy but she isn’t a barker. Your dog may be different.

Teach your Dog to Search

A dog’s olfactory abilities are 100,000 times stronger than a human’s, according to dog trainer Dina Zaphiris. This trait makes your dog well-suited for making rescues. Train your dog to recognize you and your family’s scent so he can make a rescue in the event of a disaster, such as an avalanche or being lost in the wilderness. Dogs as young as 12 weeks can learn these skills, and older dogs can still learn, too.


To teach trailing, use a partner and your dog. First, drop a piece of clothing with your friend’s scent and walk 10 to 20-feet ahead, dropping treats with each step. Then, have your partner hide in an easy-to-find location. Show the dog the piece of clothing and let him sniff it. Use a command like “search” or “find.” Your dog should be able to follow the treats and the scent to your training partner. Reward him with his toy, play or more treats. As he gets better, use less and less treats, and take your training to different terrains. Ohio Valley Search and Rescue has put together a comprehensive guide to help you teach your dog these life-saving skills.

These commands your dog should know are by no means the end of training. There are a million other things your pooch is capable of but these commands are a start. Where you go from there with your dog is up to you two.

This information has been made available by The Prepper Journal: 3 Survival Commands Your Dog Should Know


Protect animals from heat

By SurvivoPedia

Just like with people, extreme heat can be devastating to animals, regardless of the type. Some are more sensitive to it than others but all of them require some care in order to protect them from overheating because they can die from exposure just like people can.

We’ve already written an article about How to Protect Your Farm Animals From Winter, so now we’re going to talk about to protect them from the hot months of summer.

Many farms, especially high-end farms that raise expensive animals such as registered horses, have air-conditioned barns or at least barns that offer fans in each stall to keep their animals cool. Dogs and cats can come inside to cool off in the air conditioning, too. But what about when SHTF and you have no electricity to run those appliances?

Continue reading at SurvivoPedia: Survival Farming: How To Protect Animals From Heat

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By  Jane W – Off The Grid News

Although these days you may only see root cellars in horror films, root cellars were once a way of life. For our ancestors, a root cellar would have meant the difference between feeding your family and starving to death.

But root cellars have practical applications, even in our age of refrigeration. If the power went out, do you know how your family would preserve fruits and vegetables? Perhaps an icebox? That would require a lot of work to get enough ice to keep everything cool, and chances are that if your fridge doesn’t work, businesses in your vicinity won’t have ice, anyway.

Root cellars are the answer. They have been around for hundreds of years as an easy and sustainable way of keeping fruits and vegetables cool and fresh.

Continue reading at Off The Grid News: The Time-Tested Trick To Keeping Food Cool When The Power’s Out


By Jennifer Lea Reynolds – Natural News

(NaturalNews) In an effort to help “purpose-driven consumers,” or those who are mindful about healthy eating habits and improving the environment, a new technique has been developed that’s likely music to their ears. Called “superchilling,” it’s a method that allows food to stay as fresh as possible – in the case of salmon, for upwards of an entire month – without the need for harsh, unhealthy chemicals.

This unconventional method, which involves cooling food almost to the point of freezing without actually freezing it, promises to maintain quality and freshness much longer that the cheaper, faster methods typically used by supermarkets. Specifically, superchilling would involve cooling the salmon to about -2.5 degrees Celsius, which is just below the temperature the food starts to freeze. However, it’s not fully frozen, therefore negating the need for thawing while maintaining long levels of freshness.

Continue reading at Natural News: New ‘Superchilling’ Technique Allows Organic Food To Be Preserved Naturally For Long-Term Storage

The new eruptive fissure at Piton de la Fournaise (image: Guillaume Cazarré / clicanoo)

Piton de la Fournaise (La Réunion): The expected new eruption, the third in 2015, started this morning at 09.20 local time.
The eruptive fissure vent is located NE from Piton Kapor and extending towards Nez Coupé de Ste Rose. It feeds a curtain of lava fountains with associated lava flows. Access to the Enclos has been closed.

Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Volcanoes Today, 31 Jul 2015: Piton de la Fournaise volcano

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Source: Volcano Discovery

Earthquake list: past 24 hours (only M>=2.5) (112 quakes)

Updated: Fri, 31 Jul 13:43 UTC (GMT)

Time Mag. / Depth Nearest volcano (distance) Location Map Source
Fri, 31 Jul (59 earthquakes)
Fri, 31 Jul 12:47 UTC M 2.6 / 27.2 km – [info] (189 km) 26 Km NNW from Agrinion


Fri, 31 Jul 12:27 UTC M 2.5 / 8 km – [info] (113 km) SOUTHERN ITALY


Fri, 31 Jul 11:38 UTC M 2.6 / 3 km – [info] (609 km) OKLAHOMA


Fri, 31 Jul 11:16 UTC M 3.0 / 1 km – [info] (1679 km) 86 km NW from Mackenzie,ON


Fri, 31 Jul 10:53 UTC M 3.3 / 15 km – [info] (80 km) AZORES ISLANDS, PORTUGAL


Fri, 31 Jul 10:52 UTC M 2.9 / 21 km – [info] (283 km) – 37km NNE of Vieques, Puerto Rico


Fri, 31 Jul 10:34 UTC M 3.4 / 165.3 km – [info] (36 km) New Zealand


Fri, 31 Jul 10:06 UTC M 5.4 / 10 km – [info] (68 km) Northern and Central Iran


Dubai (United Arab Emirates) (582 km SW from epicenter)(no details): Did not feel (via EMSC)
Kerman (Iran) (70 km NW from epicenter)(no details): everything is alright (via EMSC)
Kerman (Iran) (70 km W from epicenter)(no details): That was strong (via EMSC)
Kerman (Iran) (66 km NW from epicenter)(no details): This earthquake was a shallow one if i am correct. I felt two jolts, both of them felt through motion of the earth. No sound , no forewarning of any kind (via EMSC)
Kerman (Iran) (66 km NW from epicenter)(no details): در این چند سال اخیر این سومین زلزله با این شدت در منطقه سیرچ کرمان بود. (via EMSC)
Kerman / MMI V (Moderate shaking): I woke up this morning feeling a bit uneasy, like something was about to happen, so I prayed to Allah, The Compassionate, The Merciful, to forgive our sins and not punish us for them. Less than an hour ago when the quake happened, I got really scared. It shook fairly strong with noises along with it. The sky had been cloudy for the past few days and every time a strong quake has happened, it has always been like this the days before the quake. I did my Ayat Prayer (a prayer for the tim
kerman / MMI V (Moderate shaking)
Rafsanjan / MMI II (Very weak shaking): I felt my room’s door is shaking at 2:40 p. m (Iran)when I was resting and i was not sure it was an earthquake.
Rafsanjan / MMI VII (Very strong shaking): Rafsanjan
kerman / MMI IV (Light shaking)
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Fri, 31 Jul 08:11 UTC M 3.0 / 17 km – [info] (386 km) PUERTO RICO REGION


Fri, 31 Jul 08:08 UTC M 2.5 / 14.6 km – [info] Ruapehu (23 km) New Zealand


Fri, 31 Jul 08:02 UTC M 2.5 / 133.9 km – [info] Ruapehu (29 km) New Zealand


Fri, 31 Jul 07:57 UTC M 4.9 / 10 km – [info] (202 km) Philippine Islands Region


Fri, 31 Jul 07:57 UTC M 2.7 / 58.4 km – [info] (40 km) New Zealand


Fri, 31 Jul 07:30 UTC M 5.0 / 193 km – [info] (70 km) Vanuatu Islands


Fri, 31 Jul 07:30 UTC M 4.6 / 199.9 km – [info] (34 km) – 46km NW of Sola, Vanuatu



Continue reading at Volcano Discovery: Todays Latest Earthquakes Worldwide Friday, 31 July 2015