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Old 07-20-2014, 07:44 PM
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Default Working vermin dogs?

How does one get started? I've had several folks ask me if I rent Snipe out to clear small rodents and I'm curious.
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Old 07-21-2014, 02:55 AM
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set some live traps for mice and let the dog have at them in a controlled environment, then work up to rats. then go clean out old barns full of hay/straw bales. as you push stuff around the little buggers will take off running and the dog will get the chance to do it for real.
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Old 07-21-2014, 11:37 AM
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Pretty much what pops said. In my parents farm we had working vermin dogs. We got their confidents up by letting her at trapped rodents. For example. We would find a gopher in a long pipe. Maddy would be waiting on the other side we would tip the pipe up and push the gopher out. Maddy would get it as soon as it came out.


With maddy though she had so much prey drive we really didn't have to teach her anything.
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Old 07-21-2014, 04:31 PM
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Oh we're past that point - she has a half dozen confirmed rodent kills (plus a couple rabbits and birds) at this point and competes in barn hunt successfully. I'm more curious about how you go from casual, random hunting to more serious, prolonged work.
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Old 07-22-2014, 06:32 AM
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Just take her hunting. Find as many farms as possible that will let you tear through old hay and straw, feed bins, compost and manure piles. She'll either become driven about it or not.
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Old 07-22-2014, 07:42 AM
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Just take her hunting. Find as many farms as possible that will let you tear through old hay and straw, feed bins, compost and manure piles. She'll either become driven about it or not.
Well that sounds simple enough! I wish there were more resources - a friend of mine has done some casual clearing of an auto parts shop and a lawn care business' storage area but she does it just for fun and doesn't charge - I'd like to see if I could turn this into a legit business, with a focus on local small farm settings since I know voles are especially hard to deal with for organic farmers (and that would reduce the risk of running across poison).
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Old 07-22-2014, 09:26 AM
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A cash business might be a hard sell, a trade based arrangement might work. BUT to get your foot in the door you need references to the quality of service and freebies are going to get you that.
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Old 07-22-2014, 12:39 PM
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A cash business might be a hard sell, a trade based arrangement might work. BUT to get your foot in the door you need references to the quality of service and freebies are going to get you that.
True. Trade would work as well if we're talking farms - I do like my local foods!

Would you just put up something on CL to get started "will work for experience"? Any concerns about how one advertises when it comes to the AR crazies?
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Old 07-23-2014, 02:25 PM
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i'd hit the local feed mills and farm stores as you'll be less out there where whackos can try to take advantage of you. just a simple "i have terriers and I'm looking for a place for them to hunt and kill rats" with your number attached. the feed mills might even let you try your hand there and then give you references. another thing to help get you ready, join a british forum called the hunting life. lots of good knowledge in their terrier section on all aspects of terrier work.
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Old 07-23-2014, 08:46 PM
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Awesome ideas! And thanks for the forum lead.

Any concerns about your dogs running across poison while hunting? I know someone who lost 4 pet dogs to poison that wasn't supposed to be in the house they were visiting, so that does worry me.
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