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01-30-2014 01:01 PM
Wetdog --------" My German Shepherd wasn't much of a deterrent and I don't have cats."------Stevenzachsmom

She still had mice, but at least they were always in a well guarded little herd.

------" That's why clicker training works so well for them.... and the owners "------Wolfy Dog

Cairns are so adept at training owners, they almost never have to use clickers.

(sorry folks---I'm not picking on your posts, I just thought the ambiguous wordings came out as very funny to me)
01-28-2014 05:41 PM
LARHAGE
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I really should clarify about the Cairns not being "the sharpest pencil in the box".

That is not very accurate and that is my fault for giving the wrong impression. It is not that they are not very adept at figuring things out-------they have an abundance of ability in that area. That is not what I had in mind at all either. No, what I had in mind is that that will KNOW what to do, getting them to do it however, can be a completely different story. On thinking about it, I think what I should have said was they can be far less than "biddable". Meaning that they can KNOW what to do, but they do when THEY want to---not necessarily when you want them to.

Cairns can be quite stubborn and willful. They are typical terriers right down to the bone----and it is quite true, more often than not, THEY are the ones training the owners. I gave the wrong impression, that was my fault.

Yep, that is exactly how my Cairns are, they don't need to be told to hunt, quite the contrary, but everything else is fair game, if they want to obey they will, if not, well too bad, so sad. They are smart though, no question, all you have to do is look in their eyes, my food crazy male can move chairs around so he can access the table and counters, it's quite hilarious.
01-28-2014 11:47 AM
shepherdmom
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I used to use the ultrasonic mouse repellent plug ins. They get mixed reviews, but really seemed to work for me. Then, I got rabbits and guinea pigs. There were warnings against using them with small animals. After I stopped using them, the mice came back.

My German Shepherd wasn't much of a deterrent and I don't have cats. Then - I got the beagle/JRT mix. Haven't had a mouse problem since.
Those things work great. We had a mouse problem when we moved in here. Put out some mouse traps, got a couple of those things and haven't had a problem since.
01-28-2014 11:40 AM
Stevenzachsmom
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Well I finally seen the little booger. He ran across the room and I lost him, from the angle he came I would say he is living under the dishwasher, where I didn't put any peppermint. Now there is peppermint under there. Looks like live traps are next. Now I understand the saying quiet as a mouse. I don't think he can leave on his own, there is a foot of snow around the house. There is no food anywhere for him, I am vacuuming every day. Can they live under the snow? I seen a picture of a fox hunting them pretty far under the snow.
You just really never know where a mouse is going to turn up. I took all my birdhouses down one spring to clean them out from the previous nesting season. One little house was packed full of stuff, I couldn't quite figure out. Lo and behold, out popped a mouse. He was living in the birdhouse - in a tree. Go figure.
01-28-2014 11:19 AM
wolfy dog
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Originally Posted by Wetdog View Post
Cairns can be quite stubborn and willful. They are typical terriers right down to the bone----and it is quite true, more often than not, THEY are the ones training the owners. I gave the wrong impression, that was my fault.
That's why clicker training works so well for them.... and the owners
01-28-2014 09:08 AM
Wetdog I really should clarify about the Cairns not being "the sharpest pencil in the box".

That is not very accurate and that is my fault for giving the wrong impression. It is not that they are not very adept at figuring things out-------they have an abundance of ability in that area. That is not what I had in mind at all either. No, what I had in mind is that that will KNOW what to do, getting them to do it however, can be a completely different story. On thinking about it, I think what I should have said was they can be far less than "biddable". Meaning that they can KNOW what to do, but they do when THEY want to---not necessarily when you want them to.

Cairns can be quite stubborn and willful. They are typical terriers right down to the bone----and it is quite true, more often than not, THEY are the ones training the owners. I gave the wrong impression, that was my fault.
01-28-2014 08:24 AM
llombardo Well I finally seen the little booger. He ran across the room and I lost him, from the angle he came I would say he is living under the dishwasher, where I didn't put any peppermint. Now there is peppermint under there. Looks like live traps are next. Now I understand the saying quiet as a mouse. I don't think he can leave on his own, there is a foot of snow around the house. There is no food anywhere for him, I am vacuuming every day. Can they live under the snow? I seen a picture of a fox hunting them pretty far under the snow.
01-24-2014 09:43 PM
zyppi didn't read all the posts, so apologize if this is redundant, but buy some peppermint oil ( health food store has it). put on cotton balls around the area. I kid you not, mice will retreat.
01-24-2014 09:36 PM
JackandMattie Pet food bowls are the first place to start. Feed the pets, pick up and wash the bowls. Mice can survive on whatever the dogs and cats don't lick clean. Don't give them that chance.


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01-24-2014 09:34 PM
JackandMattie Mice are like spiders. They don't come unless you're feeding them. Take an inventory, secure all the food sources, and let your multiple cats take care of the stragglers honestly, the only reason they're there is because you're feeding them somehow, some way.


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