In our final blog and video of the month, we’re talking about ferret training and leading walking. Read on to find out more!
Training your ferret on a lead
This week we’re talking about training your squirm to walk on a lead. There are lots of ways to do this but here at BFB we avoid putting a harness on in the house to get them used to wearing it – this just makes them focus on the negative of having it on and they’ll try to get it off.
Instead, we put the harness on when they’re in a new, exciting environment. It becomes a game and they’re distracted by lovely smells, sights and sounds.
We use figure of eight harnesses. Once the harness is on, keep an eye on the harness to make sure it stays securely enough. Also wear the lead on your wrist rather than holding on with your fingers – they’re such quick little creatures that if they run off and you lose grip of the lead you’ve lost them.
Getting used to a harness
If your ferret is on their first walk they might be quite anxious and be quite cuddly. They need time to take everything in before they’re ready to walk.
Let your ferret walk in their own time and make sure they don’t get hold of anything they shouldn’t. Reassure them when they need it and especially if you come across a walker with a dog. If that dog is off a lead it’s best to pick your ferret up and keep them safe.
If they don’t want to go down and walk on their first time, don’t worry – let them be cuddled – they’re still experiencing the smells, sights and sounds. It’s all progress.
Why not come along to one of our monthly ferret walks and we’ll answer any questions you might have.