Taking Your Ferret For a Walk

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More and more pet parents are embarking on the adventure of caring for a ferret. This weasel­like

mammal has been domesticated for around 2,000 years, but its popularity within the last couple of

decades has really began to soar. This may be due to its forever curious nature and high energy

levels…and when we say “high energy” we mean never ending.

For this reason, many pet parents are choosing to leash train their ferret. This is not only a great

way to work off some of your pet’s access stamina, but ferrets love to be outside.

However, before you take to the great outdoors, have a look at these helpful hints and tips to

make harness and leash training your ferret a safe and enjoyable experience.

The Equipment

Ferrets have their own harness that can be purchased through most pet retailers. These are

specifically made to fit the long slender body of this animal; never use a collar on your ferret as he

can easily slip out of it. The best design among these harnesses is the H­style. This fits snugly

around your ferret’s upper torso, without being constrictive. Another feature to consider when

purchasing a ferret harness is the material it is made out of. Nylon is preferable with Velcro

closures. If the harness has buckles, be sure they are plastic and not metal, which will heat up

very quickly in the hot sun.

The next piece of equipment is a leash. These come in many different lengths and materials.

However, once your ferret is used to being walked you may want to give him a bit more length to

run and play. The Lishinu retractable leash for small dogs is perfect. It gives you hands­free

movement, as well as plenty of exercise length for your furry pal.

Harness Training Your Ferret

Experts recommend starting your harness/leash training indoors to avoid losing your pet. They

also recommend to start harness training your ferret as soon as possible (as young as 10 weeks-
old).

Once you have the harness fitted, allow your pet to wear it for 2 to 3 minutes. Be sure to reward

her so she knows it’s a good thing and not a punishment. Slowly increase the time each day and

continue to reward. These session may need to go on for days or even weeks, depending on the

individual ferret. You will know when your ferret is comfortable wearing the harness when she’s

not making a fuss or trying to escape from it.

Tip: Never leave the harness on your ferret when she’s in her cage. It could become caught or

tangled and pose a threat to her health.

Leash Training Your Ferret

Once your fur baby is used to the harness, it’s time to move onto the leash. For this you will need

a regular lead. Attach the lead and allow your ferret to explore while it dragging behind him. Give

your ferret a reward to ensure him it’s all good. After a few sessions, you can pick up the lead and

hold onto it while your ferret explores (indoors of course). Never yank or try to redirect your ferret

for this exercise, as the point is for your ferret to get use to wearing the training paraphernalia.

Once your pet feels confident wearing the leash, you can begin to gently redirect his actions. But

remember, ferrets are explorers and will never heal obediently by your side like our canine

companions.

Once your ferret is walking and exploring without incident, you can move outdoors. But once

again do so slowly and within a few feet of your back door. Watch her closely and as she begins

to feel more confident, slowly extend her range (this is where a retractable Lishinu comes into

play). Don’t rush the experience and give her rewards to reassure her that things are well. Soon

you will be able to walk her even further.

Extra Tips and Hints

Here are some extra tips and hints to keep in mind when you’re walking your ferret.

1. Ferrets have no homing device. This means if he gets off his leash or slips out of his

harness, he will not be able to find his way back. Be sure the harness and leash fit

properly.

2. Be sure to have your ferret’s vaccinations up­to­date. Like cats and dogs, ferrets can also

pick up diseases.

3. Be sure your pet is protected against fleas, ticks and heartworm before embarking

outdoors.

4. When walking your ferret be mindful of other animals. Dogs and cats can both view these

small creatures as prey. If you live in a rural area, also be mindful of large birds­of­prey

that could easily try to snatch your fur baby.

5. Always bring water so your pet doesn’t get dehydrated.

6. Keep your walks to 15 to 20 minute intervals.

7. Avoid walking when the temperature outside over 78 degrees Fahrenheit (25.5 degrees

Celsius) as they are prone to heatstroke.

Lishinu Cares

Here at Lishinu we care about your pet’s well being and your peace ­o f­mind. That’s why we’ve

designed the Lishinu to be hands­free. With this feature you can be ready to take a call, a picture

or just enjoy your walk without having to grasp the lead. In addition, with one quick arm motion,

your Lishinu will lock n’ stop. Plus, it comes in three sizes to support your dogs, cats and, of

course, ferrets. You can even choose from a wide range of colors or switch out the color with our

interchangeable Lishinu covers.

What are you waiting for? Grab a Lishinu today and start enjoying those hands­free walks with

your best furry friend.

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