Do dogs keep rats and mice
We don’t often
think about this very much, but your dog would
find a rat or mouse to be just as much fun to
catch as your cat would. Just as a dog would
chase after a ball or even your cat, the canine
loves the hunt and chase of these rodents. Think
about it for a moment.
If you have squirrels or other small animals
that are around your property it is very likely
that your dog has attempted to chase after them
at some point. This is especially true if you
have a larger size dog that would find a rabbit
or a squirrel to be a fun adventure to chase
after and even catch. Dogs love the hunt idea,
and so other animals make for the perfect
companion in their game.
But what effect does this have on the rat or
mouse? Do dogs keep rats and mice away from your
home? That is a very good question.
The most honest and upfront answer about it is
most likely no. The rat or mouse comes to your
home because it is looking for a place to find
food and shelter. Most often these rodents live
within the walls of your home or in the
foundation. They also can be found within the
attic area. If you think about it, your dog has
very minimal, if any access to these areas. This
means that the rat or mouse can live in relative
safety within these areas of your home.
The real challenge for it occurs when it
attempts to come out to access food. This is
when your dog has the best chance of attempting
to scare, or even kill the rat or mouse. Your
dog, when noticing this little rodent, will
likely find it to be an appetizing victim of its
need to chase after and catch these animals.
Often, your dog will very likely eat these
animals without any question whatsoever. Your
canine loves meat, and a mouse or rat makes for
a very satisfying meal.
While not directly scaring away the rat or
mouse, the one area where the dog could have
great success is by making it so that this
rodent will find it too dangerous to go out to
search for food. When this occurs, it will
eventually find it necessary to go somewhere
else to search for a different place that can
provide it with the nutrition that it desires.
This is how your canine can have an effect in
scaring away these rodents. If they find it too
dangerous to go out to search for crumbs or
other food sources that you have left out, then
they will need to find somewhere else to go.
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