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Walking with ferrets on a leash: tips


Usually ferrets love to take a walk on a leash. The prerequisite for this is that you get your little animals used to the dishes before you go for a walk. In order for the fur noses to enjoy walking and feel comfortable, the following must be observed. Ferrets love to walk in the forest and explore nature - Shutterstock / Couperfield

Going for a walk with ferrets on a leash is very different from walking a dog. The little wusel do not behave so obediently and have their own head. At the same time, due to their small size, they are exposed to more dangers than dogs.

Choose a place for a walk with ferrets on a leash

It is best to go for a walk with your ferret only in quiet places, especially in the forest there is a lot to discover. The goblins love to dig in holes in the ground and can thoroughly explore the same place for ten minutes or more. The fewer passers-by you meet in the place, 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 at it or stroke it, it becomes scared and may bite.

So don't just go outside if you want to go for a walk with your ferret, but take plenty of time and take a little trip to a quiet park or wooded area. Take a leisurely look at what your animal companion is looking for, let him dig a little here, as a little splash around the edge of a stream or pond. Don't be disappointed if your ferret eventually gets tired and climbs up your pant leg because it doesn't like to walk anymore. In this case, it is helpful to have a softly padded tote bag or a large hood with you - the little lazy-head can rest there while you make your way back.

Avoid dangers for ferrets on the go

It is best not to walk with the animals in the city and on the streets. There are too many people there who come too close to your Frett or who could accidentally step on it. There is also the danger that the fur nose will startle and run under a car or wriggle out of its dishes and run away. Dogs are also terrifying for ferrets and, if they have a strong hunting instinct, can possibly injure the animals. In addition, there is often garbage on the streets in the city, which can be toxic to the raccoon animals. Dog meadows are also completely unsuitable for the Fretts and on meadows that have been cut too short they may become afraid of birds of prey, which are among their natural enemies.

Take a walk in the forest or on a tall wild meadow and see a dog approaching, pick up your ferret and hold it. So make sure that the four-legged friend does nothing to your animal. The general rule is: If you see a potential danger or your Frett runs to a place where it should not go, pick it up and carry it a bit. After going for a walk, look for the fur of your goblins for ticks, especially in spring and summer. You can remove the parasites in the same way as in cats or dogs, using a pair of tweezers or tweezers.

Go for a walk with ferrets: select suitable dishes

For ferrets, you should always use a harness, 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 by a web. Velcro straps carry the risk that the Fretts can free themselves from the dishes, so safety clips are a better choice. The dishes should fit so tightly that a little finger can fit under them. This way your ferret has enough freedom of movement, but cannot slip out. Long, tear-resistant tow lines are suitable as a leash. Caution! Never let your ferret roam freely outside the apartment - it can quickly escape or be in danger.

Get the ferret on the leash: do not rush

If you want to go for a walk with your ferret on a leash, first put the dishes on at home. Let it run around the apartment under supervision so that it can get used to the feeling of comfort. Repeat this several times a day until your pet no longer seems to notice the dishes and moves naturally in them. Then you can try to put the line on and take a few steps in the garden. If this works without problems, you can only go on short, then longer trips into nature.