Hey! Today we’re going to look at the perfect way to let your ferret settle in a new home and be discovering how to train ferret litter box skills.
So what should happen when you first get your ferret home?
Of course you should never let a new animal loose in your home. Let it get acquainted with its surroundings from the protection and comfort of its cage for as long as it takes until you consider letting it room free throughout your home. You will also need to teach them how to use a ferret litter box as well.
Any tips on how to train ferret litter box behaviors?
Depending on your ferret and how much time you devote to litter training most ferrets end up using the litter box about 75% of the time. There are ferrets that will use the litter box every time but, with most, you might find a “present” in the house from time to time. Ferret Litter training can take several hours a day for several months. That can often be the first thing to realize when it comes to learning how to train ferret litter box skills.
I know you cover how to train ferret extensively in your ebook, but how easy is it?
The more attention you devote to it, the more likely you will know how to train ferret. The best way of approaching how to train ferret litter box skills in is to allow your ferret to run around a small room like a bathroom first. Typically, ferrets will go within a few minutes of waking up or after they eat. So, when your ferret first wakes up, put it in the ferret litter box. Don’t let it out until it has gone to the bathroom. Once it has gone, immediately give it a treat. The object is to try to get it associated with going in the litter box, then receiving a treat.
I know some people use a reward and punish method. What’s your take on this?
You should never physically punish a ferret for any reason especially if they have an accident in the house. Using physical punishment will only make them fear you and they will not associate what they did with that kind of punishment. If you would like your ferret to be able to run around the house, you will have to be prepared to do a little cleaning up after them as well.
Any other considerations?
Something else you will need to do before your ferret is allowed to run free is to “ferret proof” your home. Ferret proofing means making your home safe for a ferret. They are small and curious creatures. They will find their way into small spaces. A good rule of thumb is that if their head will fit into a space, their bodies will too. Start to ferret proof by first crawling around your home on your hands and knees to look for small holes, crevices, loose ventilation covers, etc. You need to check every room your ferret will soon be exploring themselves.
What should you be checking for?
Don’t forget to include appliances in checking for small holes or places that ferrets can get inside of. Because ferrets are curious creatures that are extremely good climbers, anything can be a potential “play area” for ferrets. Ferrets will be able to get up into some types of refrigerators and could potentially get hurt on the fan. The dryer tubing looks like a really fun tube for a ferret. They can rip a hole in it and get outside through the vent. Couches can also be potentially dangerous for ferrets. Some couches have thin fabric lining underneath that ferrets can easily get through and up inside of the couch to the springs.
So safety first?
Some ferret owners would love to have their ferrets to be able to get extra exercise by running around their homes. But, the most important thing for your new ferret is for you to be able to offer your ferret a safe place to run. The real key to ensuring a ferret has a great life is not in considering how to train ferret skills, but how to train ferret owners skills instead.