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Is Rat Catching Dangerous
Danger is Inherent to Work

Of course it is, what on a working farm is not dangerous?

This video highlights the actual environment of a working rat dog. It was taken on a working dairy ranch that does not stand still for rat dogs.

The first think you will notice is how close we work with large tractors and farm machinery. Sterile scent games like " Barn Hunt " where the " Hushed " working environment is like a putting green at a major golf tourney is far from the reality of a working farm. The dogs need to be focused and intent beyond all distractions.

The second thing you will notice is the close proximity of working with large livestock ( or poultry just not in this video ). A poultry farm does not remove the chickens, a stable does not remove the horses , and a dairy does not remove the cows when the dogs of #themongrolhoard arrive.

A working rat dog must be able to handle extreme amounts of stimulation via scent and sound and be able to focus through distractions working with the handler.

As a handler I may be able to lessen the danger to the dogs buy focusing the dogs in areas that are away from the most dangerous areas of the farm, but I can not remove them entirely from danger and we have to catch rats where the rats are.

On this particular site there is a waste ditch between the cows and the fence not visible to the camera, while chasing a rat through the cows " Lil Ms Squeakers " got stepped on.

While I carry a well stocked first aid kit for cleaning and even stapling wounds this particular battle wound required a vet, serious cleaning, and 8 stitches to a paw pad. The dog finished its working day before I even realized the severity of the wound showing how tough these dogs actually are.

Is allowing these wonderful dogs to be a dangerous environment , irresponsible ?

No, but the potential for danger should be recognized, and a responsible owner will be prepared to the best of her/his ability.

A terrier that has never faced a element of danger has likely never been embraced as a terrier at all.

What am I ? Well not a expert that is for sure , more like a enabler.

A enabler of fine terrier spirit in motion by embracing a life for my dogs that allows natural instinct to course trough their veins and patching them up along the way.

For more info on first aid www.terrierman.com/health.htm

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Andy MayhewGet a new one! I think he ripped him one!

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Pëtė HørtõñMr reed just when I thought you couldn't get any cooler, you go and play some sublime! High five buddy 🤘

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Yvonne BreukersHow is Ms Squeakers doing? So good to see working dogs enjoy what they do!

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Dani MarieVery cool. I have loved that little brown and white guy since I first saw him/her. I have had a question though. Are they inside dogs? Pets at home? When they get so muddy do you have to wash them all the time?

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Alice Sicora-FordneyI enjoy seeing dogs doing the work they were bred for. I am thinking you must vaccinate for tetanus and rabies, but are there other precautions you take to keep the crew healthy?

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Barbara J CarterThat was some fantastic work right there. Kudos to all the dogs, and especially whoever it was who nabbed the rat with the stick! Good job.

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Michelle WestcottI love watching these terriers work.. Great shot with the stick.. 🙂

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Doug Van WieringenEnumclaw dairy?

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Jennifer LeachThose dogs would much rather have an occasional injury than sit longingly by a window all their lives. Your hoard are truly LIVING.

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Amanda PowellThe big thing here is that every measure is taken to ensure the dogs' health and safety. Still, injuries do happen. And when injuries occur, you are prepared and willing to care for your dogs. Your dogs are doing what they love to do. So many pet owners don't give their dogs enrichment like this, and can't or won't get adequate vet care (even for preventative medicine).

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Cory MillerThat was a wicked split on that pad. Glad we could get her back to work.

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Lisa KendrickOmg I love it. Love the song too..lol I like how he tells the young one that’s mine..get a new one

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George WallaceJay Nix, another video for you.

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Jordan FlynnMarayda Justin Flynn check this guy out. Very cool stuff

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Cathy ThomasAwesome...great commentary!!

21 hours ago   ·  1
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Susan MacleanGOOD DOGS! Milk bonesd all around!

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Heidi LoganbillSuch awesome work.

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Heidi ErinFollowing

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Felix BogganLove your work

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Nodie WilliamsWell Done!!!

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Allen MarkerWouldn't it make more sense to not make a habitat, such as an old pile of tires, for the rats to live in? I know you'll have rats on a farm but a clean farm won't have near as many.

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Chris PerkinsGarritt Collins

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Connie Whitfield RigsbeeI worked as an exterminator for 8 yrs. these dogs were born exterminators!

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Gayle DeshongVery cool watching them work.

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Goldie SmithRespect & Admiration for the Mongrol Hoard, including the ALL those others, both 2 legged & 4 legged warriors, who face dangers up to death to terminate disease-ridden vermin !!

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Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard shared Kelpie History's Huey's Audition.

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In the making of our latest program "THE KELPIE DOG Selecting & Training", we had some auditions. This is Huey's, we're interested in what you think.

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Betsy Baumhardt FrischAnybody else see that baby pig in the middle of that melee ?🤣

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Mary SwinnSherry Billups

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Sally Jane WeedMary Warner

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Katye LuskCourtney Crowley

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Danelle Roundaboutshahaha sheep hopper like a Kelpie I just love his little strut hahaha bha ram U that'll do pig that'll do hahaha

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Brenda Grosz NelsonHahah! Reminds me of my little JRT trying to round up my goats. They laugh at him.

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Toby Jonescan't step on me if i'm up here

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Andrew McDonaldBrilliant little pooch!

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Linda DehartMy jacks were always great with the goats. Especially the babies.

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Margaret Wolfe MillerWooly mosh pit😂

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Jacquie Carter FineIs that sheep surfing?

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Sue HansonLove Huey. What a great working dog.

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Judy CondrerasHire the little jack!

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Susan Buxtonlove the jacks

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Chris Morleysheep surfing jack Russell

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Daniel O ConnerMegen Winters lamp larry

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A Classic throwback

This is the photo proof of our good dogs and effective methods.

Representing traditional methods and keeping them alive in a modern world.
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Cindi VallinGood dogs! Do they eat some of the kill?

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West Slope SeramasMy hero's good dogs !

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Mary Jane EganGood work!

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Juli Bliss KinrichYesterdlay in our suburban LA neighborhood, I saw a Turkey Buzzard AND a Great Horned Owl. Woo hoo, non-poisonous rat eradicators!

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Randy FriedrichI have a rottweiler that does that here in the PI, rats as big as cats, she leaves them by the front door in the morning.😁

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Maegan DoloresSomeday I want to come watch your dogs work.

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Marilyn Weaver SonnieWhat breed of dogs are they?

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Susan Maclean

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Julie Rousseau-WalkerLove those happy dogs 🐕 ❤️🐾

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Sue HansonWonderful rodent control. Great job.

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Gay Lucas SmithGreat job y'all!!

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Tanya LeeWow!

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The dogs had a adventure with K Ruby Blume while I am still slaving away in wine world , looks like normal programming to me. Good dogs and dead rats #farmthug ... See MoreSee Less

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Jessica Anderson ConardMissing them desperately here in Sonoma County!

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Kaylee StiltnerDo I see a few Jagds? Great work, what a pack!

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Sandy JessupThe only good rat is a well ventilated rat 🐀😏

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George SnyderKill all them pesky rats👍👍👍

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Maurice HodeniusVery nice action!! Luckily that pallet on the right stayed up and didn't fall on the hoard!!

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Jennifer HoffmanLove that terrier spirit.

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Mary Jane EganDo your thing, dogs!

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Sue HansonGreat working dogs.

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Unai BilbaoQ guapo!! Marcelo Agüero Sol

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Marcelo Agüero SolEgoitz Gondra Unai Bilbao

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Nate JonesTanner Horn

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Lisa ContrerasCareful, all this fame is going to go to your head!! 😂😂 Congratulations! I’m glad to see this getting some recognition!!

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Rox SexauerWhere's Levi?

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George WallaceGetting my first terrier and hope to be ratting soon after.

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Juan C. MendozaLook at you guys. Nice to see you all in yet, another magazine cover.

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Chris Morleythe hoard in action again well done

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Gay Lucas SmithGood job guys!!!

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Sean Landenberger#CrackaLackin Kurt #BrokeNeck

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Goldie SmithCongratulations; awesome !!

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Sadie La RueCONGRATS!!

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Heidi ErinYou single boo

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Stephany WilkesFull issue is available online, so you can read the story too! www.theagmagazine.com/index.php/component/content/article?id=%2072

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Lane JohnstonEverybody looks like they cleaned up pretty good.

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Barbara TrippLove those dogs! 😉

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Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard added 3 new photos — with Anna Derrer.

Where do you find all these rats?

That is probably the number one asked question and its asked on a regular basis.

Easy answer, I hunt them where ever rats are to be found.

Perhaps what you really mean is where do you look for rats or how do you find them?

Well for me I have spend going on 10 years visiting sites with rats or potential rat issues and building a reputation for hard work and good dogs. Finding a large number of rats is not a easy task and also the reason I don't take every Harry, Mary, Dick or Joe along because they think its cool.

If you want to find rats you going to have to travel. I have traveled over 15 hours one way for rats, crossed ferry's onto islands and that sort of stuff on a regular basis, so that " well its a hour a way " BS means you don't want to find rats.

In order to find rats you will need to learn about rats , about biology and behavior.

Start searching out public locations with food waste, public parks in city's near the water, the water front area and dock, garbage dumpsters, schools as kids throw food everywhere. After a while you get a knack for it but its work, this is not a dog free for all this is hard work to find rats and catch rats.

Most farms will not allow you on the property with a dog until they trust you and your trusty canine. That means being livestock and poultry safe, not dog aggressive, and also not insanely wild and out of control. The last thing a farm needs is badly behaved dogs that harass livestock and disrupt the farm. Its possible a friend might allow you to visit their homestead farm and do some sniffing around.

If your new to this your going to want to start with learning to trap rats anyways. Yea Yea Yea, I know you think this dogs catching rats is cool. You don't know much about rats yet so you need to start at the beginning. Trapping is the best way to learn about rat habits. Its also a great way to begin teaching your dog to search on command and any dead rat or live trapped rat is good way to start a new dog and give it some exposure.

Im going to leave this right here.

Get out there and do the leg work that I do on a regular basis, and if you find enough rats or learn about a big enough issue drop us a not and Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard will be along shortly to help.
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Tammy Coburn StJohnLove your story’s,it’s so awesome to see ur posse doing what there need to do!I have a tenacious ratter to! Thank you for sharing 👍👍

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Heather KellerAn indicated a rat is nearby is piled up snail shells. They eat those suckers and pile the shells up.

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Tabitha VittumWish I could find someone like you guys in the Vermont area.

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Patty Cromer-MaxwellsI so remember my Mother saying that there would never be rats in their semi-exclusive neighborhood...oh yea?...The rats let alone the over population of tree rats and chipmunks there were gigantic & healthy due to the waste of food thrown away daily and their laws requiring keeping cats & dogs locked up in their homes & yards.

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Karen von BargenMy lab/heeler cross loves to rat hunt. Can't find the dog? She's in the barn catching someone who was unwise. I'd be reluctant to take her out to someone else's place hunting for fear of exposure to poison. How do you handle this when you go to a different locale?

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Kevin KelleyThank you for the boot of encouragement! I just had the pleasure to get my dog around poultry so the both of us are learning.

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Danelle RoundaboutsLove it "this is not a dog free for all" hahaha like my pac. Crazy and wild they are.

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Judy CondrerasRats are everywhere there’s food of any kind.

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Laura Fassett HumphreyMine are chewing holes in my outside walls of my house making nests for winter

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Felix BogganGreat read

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Gay Lucas SmithGreat job

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Lesley ColeI had 2 acres with show dogs and chickens. A drought brought rat hords to my ready water, food and shelter! I can't kill. Just can't do it. So I got a 6 months Jack Russell. Spent a week putting her in a barrel with mice. Let her out with praise once they were dead. She spent the next 6 months killing hundreds! Of rats. Stacked them like coard wood in the orchard! I feal poison is imoral and totally unnecessary! One good rat dog! That's all you need.

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Mukasa PaulWhat next after the catch?

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