I have a friend with a Jack Russel’s and Rat Terriers. Those dogs are extremely hyper full of endless energy like someone that just drank 15 cups of strong black coffee. He wanted me to take care of his 2 dogs while he was on vacation. Those dogs never stopped moving from the time the sun came up until dark every day.
They would run, run, run, run, run, then dig, dig, dig, dig, dig then bark, bark, bark. Run, dig & bark is all they did. Birds never had time to land in the yard the dogs were right there in 2 seconds. Good thing it was not garden season the back yard looked like a World War 2 bombed out place hardly a blade of grass left and holes everywhere. LOL. I wish I have a time-lapse video of that it was amazing. If you get a dog get 1 that is not so hyper. If you rearing a dog who will be eating all gophers from your garden.
I had a cat for 14 years she kept the garden free all animals. She would catch birds sometimes and eat them. She could hear molds in the ground and dig them up in just a few seconds. I lived in town for years and we had lots of birds. We moved out to the country we have fewer birds in the country and different birds. Cat still digs up moles it makes me mad I like moles, birds, and squirrels. Cat had a stroke and died. Moles have multiplied, 2 squirrel families had 7 babies they use to be in the yard all the time but I have not seen the squirrels in 2 months.
I do not want a dog they all seem to love to dig holes especially young dogs. I did not want another cat but the wife decided we need a cat. Now we have the cutest little cat you ever saw all she wants to do it play. In about a year cat will be a good garden cat. Lots of crime these days houses and cars all broken into at night in our area we might have to get a dog. Police say the best way to keep thieves away is a barking dog and motion detector lights. At the moment we have both but the dog is not ours that may be the reason thieves have not broken into our vehicles and house. Something was stolen from our yard 3 days ago neighbor returned it today someone threw it in his yard.
If in your garden have any gophers please do this work then your garden will be clean from gophers.