You’re snuggled up on the sofa in the evening, you’ve got a well-deserved glass of wine and a film featuring your one true love, Leonardo DiCaprio. Then you start to hear a horrible scuffing sound at the skirting boards and the unmistakable high pitched squeak of rats. It’s a truly heart-wrenching sound and nothing makes you jump more than glimpsing a rat out of the corner of your eye in your own home! The sound of rats in your garbage is also guaranteed to make for a difficult night’s sleep.
You want to leave rat traps out, but you’re worried your young children will get your hands on them and the rats sneakily manage to get around them anyway. What you really need is a rat hunter who roams and protects your home with his set of nashers!
Training your dog to catch rats isn’t as straightforward as you might hope. Rats are fast, intelligent, and surprisingly intimidating, so familiarizing your dog with rats is hurdle number one. Hopefully, he will have a natural hunter’s instinct and will just need gentle encouragement to start running them down. If your dog is a young puppy, he should be eager to learn and please, plus have the agility to catch them. If he’s approaching old age you may need to be willing to invest a few weeks into training before he’s an efficient rat hunter.
A dog that catches rats will save you from a world of misery. Rats get in your food and leave a mess everywhere. They’re also filthy and carry diseases, so you don’t want your kids picking up an illness from them. A rat-catching dog will help you sleep easy at night and keep your perimeters safe from pesky rodents.
Before you wage war on rats you will need to get a few things together. You will need rat feeder and live rat traps to familiarize your with rats before he starts fully hunting. You will also need a small cage and readily accessible live mice and rats.
On top of that, you will need some treats or his favorite food to reward him for a job well done. Then just bring patience and a proactive attitude and you’re ready to get to work!
My jack-chi is almost purely built and looks like a chihuahua even though she is half jack Russel terrier I read that chihuahuas are excellent rat killers how can I unleash the killer instinct in my jack-chi to seek out and kill mice and rats.
Hello Kevin, To start, encourage kill play with toys. Play tug and praise when he bites and shakes the toys. Use a cage with a mouse and show him the mouse in the cage. Praise and reward bravery and investigating the mouse - he might be afraid at first. As he gets more confident, encourage and reward any attempts to attack the mouse or act aggressive toward it. Remove the mouse when he is calm because you do not want him to start to view the mouse as family. When he is confident around the mouse, you can transition to the method from the article you commented on, but start with store bought mice (since they are less infectious and smaller). As he gets bigger, you can transition to rats. https://wagwalking.com/training/catch-rats You can also work on Bark Hunting methods - which is a sport for vermin hunting dogs that teaches them to catch rodents and search them out: https://wagwalking.com/training/barn-hunt Look into flirt poles to encourage predatory instincts during play as well. These are simply poles with fake animals skins on them that you can move around to encourage your dog to chase and bite the skin. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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