My jrts have been better than the cats for rodents, the dogs will sit just like a cat waiting for the rodent to appear.
We live in the country and have a lovely old farm house (1822), the closest barn is our neighbors which is directly across the road. That barn was pulled down last summer, then in Dec our wonderful neighbors decided to BURN it (without permits of course), I spent several nights up watching to make sure our placed didn't catch on fire as well.
Well, two weeks later I was putting the dogs out and walking through the kitchen. Petie all of a sudden flew into the backroom/laundry room and I heard the squeak....Bobbi joined him and in the dark I knew both dogs were tugging on something............I said 'leave it!' and heard a thunk and at that point I cringed ........what was it? I turned on the lights and there laying on the floor between my two jrts was a very large rat!!! We were horrified, yes we had had the odd mouse but Rats?? Of course once we thought about, it was clear as to why we now had unwanted guests, thanks to the neighbors and their barn fire.
Poisoning the rats was out of the question with dogs in the house, we trapped a couple and let the dogs dispatch of them outside.
We always knew the second we had another 'guest', the dogs let us know immediately and went to work. Thankfully it didn't last for very long and the problem is gone.
Moral of the story is, if someone burns a barn near you and that barn had livestock in it recently and lots of food etc, be warned you may have guests move in.
I was surprised at the number of people that I have spoken too since then, that had the same problem from someone burning a barn.........