Rats have a smaller attention span, so are harder to train.
I do not think rats are anywhere as smart as dogs, JMHO.
How would a rat indicate that it found a cell phone? Dogs will make a noise or sit upon detection.
Rats live MAX 3 years. It would have to be retired probably after less than a year of work... and due to their decreased attention spans would need at least a half a year if not a year of training to be reliable to any degree. A constant stream of in training and working animals. Each one shouldn't be used every day for fear of stress.
Some rats stress easily which then results in illness - and probably early retirement.
Rats are more delicate when compared to dogs. Would you expose your rather delicate animals to potentially aggressive inmates?
More people are terrified of rodents than they are dogs... and could injure your rats out of fear.
Dog training methods and dog trainers are easy to find. With rats having very short usable lifespans, you'll not only have to have a good number of rats but LOTS of people willing to help train.
Finding homes for retired rats would probably be VERY difficult.
You'd probably have to breed your own rats to be sure you get your hands on the young rats at just the right age to start training them so they would have as much training and use time as possible.
Are dogs not able to be trained to sniff out phones?
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