Walking ferrets on a leash: tips
Usually, ferrets love to go for a walk when on a leash. The prerequisite for this is that you first get your pets used to the harness before you take them for a walk. To ensure that the fur noses enjoy walking the dog and feel comfortable, the following must be observed.
Ferrets love to walk in the woods and explore nature – Shutterstock / Couperfield
Walking a ferret on a leash is very different than walking a dog. The little Wusel don’t behave so obediently and have their own mind. At the same time, they are exposed to more dangers than dogs due to their small body size.
Choosing a place to walk ferrets on a leash
It is best to only walk your ferrets in quiet places, especially in the forest there is a lot for them to discover. The goblins love to dig in holes in the ground and can explore the same spot extensively for ten minutes or longer. The fewer passers-by you see the better, because most people react surprised, curious or sometimes even cheeky when they see a ferret on a leash. If you get too close to the animal because you want to take a closer look or pet it, it gets scared and may bite.
So don’t just step outside the door if you want to take your ferret for a walk, but give yourself plenty of time and take a short trip to a quiet park or wooded area. Take a leisurely look at what your animal companion is up to, let him dig a little here, splash a little there at the edge of a stream or pond. Don’t be disappointed if your ferret eventually gets tired and climbs up your pant leg because he doesn’t want to walk anymore. In this case it is helpful to have a softly padded tote bag or a large hood with you – there the little lazybones can rest while you make your way back.
Avoid dangers for ferrets on the way
In the city and on the streets, it is best not to walk with the little animals at all. There are too many people who could get too close or accidentally step on your frett. There is also a risk that the fur nose will be startled and run under a car or wriggle out of its harness and run away. Dogs also frighten ferrets and can potentially injure the animals if they have a strong hunting instinct. In the city there is also often rubbish on the streets, which can be poisonous to the marten animals. Dog parks are also completely unsuitable for the fretts and if the meadows are not mowed too short, they may become afraid of birds of prey, which are among their natural enemies.
Take your walk in the woods or on an overgrown wild meadow and see a dog approaching, pick up and hold your ferret. In this way you can be on the safe side that the four-legged friend does not harm your animal. As a general rule, if you see a potential hazard, or if your Frett runs into a place it’s not supposed to, pick it up and carry it a little. After a walk, check your kobold’s fur for ticks, especially in the spring and summer. You can remove the parasites in the same way as with cats or dogs, with tick tweezers or tweezers.
Taking ferrets for a walk: Choosing the right harness
You should always use a harness for ferrets, not just a collar. A so-called H-harness is optimal; it is fastened once around the neck and once behind the front paws. The two loops are connected to each other on the back via a bridge. Velcro poses a risk of frett breaking free from the harness, so safety clips are a better choice. The harness should be so tight that a little finger can fit under it. This way your ferret has enough freedom of movement, but cannot slip out. Long, tear-resistant towing lines are suitable as a leash. Danger! Never let your ferret roam free outside the home – they can escape or get into danger very quickly.
Getting ferrets used to the leash: Don’t rush things
If you want to walk your ferret on a leash, only put the harness on at home first. Let him walk around the house with supervision so that he can get used to the wearing comfort. Repeat this several times a day until your pet seems oblivious to the harness and moves around in it quite naturally. Then you can try to put on the leash and first take a few steps in the garden. If this works without any problems, you can first make short, then longer trips into nature.
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