We are moving back to acreage. Near Santa Cruz, California (so you have some idea of the weather profile). I’m thinking I need a good ratter. I will be keeping chicken, and where I am now, feeding chickens mean the rats will come. I’m also going to have some geese, same potential problem.
I’m allergic to haired animals, so it’s a NO on cats. I might be able to manage a non-poodle dog in the house if it’s small and sequestered, or maybe it would be an outdoor dog (good weather year round and I’d be spending a # of hours each day outside myself).
Anyway, considering it. I currently have a schnauzer cross, but he hasn’t shown me any great ratting instincts at my current home (which does not have a lot of land for him to practice on). My big poodle is aged, and so he’s not part of this equation. Might be nice for the schnauzer to have a buddy when the big dog moves across the rainbow bridge.
Any comments on finding/training? a good ratter?
We will have coyotes in the area, so that’s a thing to consider.