Ferret Leashes - Who Uses Them and Do They Work?

@ginny36 (267)
United States
January 28, 2007 12:27pm CST
Every once in a while I see someone using these harness leashes to let their ferrets wander around with them outdoors. I bought one a few years ago, but none of my gang would ever go for it. Most would just flop down and give me a look that said "are you crazy? You think I'm gonna walk on a leash?" So I gave up. Have any of you ever been successful in "walking" your ferret? How did you get it to work, or did your ferrets just take to it?
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@quatelmon (955)
• United States
28 Jan 07
You have to train them. They do not automatically adjust to it. Just give them plenty of treats, and they soon realize that it's a fun thing! But, before you do this, just incase they get away...You should train your little fur balls to come when called. The easiest way I did this was to ring a bell every single time you give them a treat (make sure it's their favorite treat!) This way, everytime you ring the bell, your ferrets will come running! It's worked really well for us, because sometimes those little critters go under furniture, and you can't find them!
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@ginny36 (267)
• United States
29 Jan 07
My Vinnie sort of comes when called automatically. I think he's just one of those guys who is generally happy to see "his people" and wants to greet us with a bit of play. Ginny, on the other hand, is more of the independent type. I like the idea of a bell and treats, though. Thanks for the ideas!
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
31 Jan 07
Sqeaky toys work really well to. For some reason they seem to be very interested in that sound. Whenever my dog plays with something that squeaks, they jump up from a sound sleep. Anytime I can't find someone all I have to do is make a few squeaks and they come running...lol
@mcmomss (2601)
• United States
28 Jan 07
I never had one for my ferret. I've seen people with them and they seem to work pretty well, but I don't remember even seeing them when I had my ferret.
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@mari61960 (4895)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I've always used harnesses on my ferrets. At first they seem to wonder what's going on, but the minute they get outside they have so much exploring to do, they don't seem to notice. After the first couple of times they seemed to be quite used to it. I never let them run free outside unless they are in their playpen. I bring that out alot and just sit in a chair and watch them play and dig...lol
@ginny36 (267)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I love the playpen idea. I've always said if you have ferrets, there's no need for a TV. They're the most active and entertaining pets I've ever had.
@tmlnmr (1850)
• Canada
15 Apr 07
Wow they actually stay in a playpen? Mine would be out of there in no time. I do have a leash and harness for mine and she did the same as the rest and just flattened out on the floor when I first put it on her. I carried her outside(because we also have a larger dog that she attackes as soon as she goes near her) and put her down and when I started to walk she was extatic and came running with me. The problem I had was she would go so far then she would say "that's far enough" and flatten out again. LOL. She would also decide she wanted to go where I didn't and if I didn't let her she would hiss at me. LOL. I also found that if I let her go ahead of me she walked much better on the leash.
• United States
5 Feb 07
What kind of leash did you try? My kids have the harness type of leashes. They work great! I don't normally take them outside, but do when it snows. They love to tunnel under the snow. They don't walk like dogs persay, but they do run around with the leash attached.
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@ginny36 (267)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I tried one of the harness leashes too. I still have it, so I may give it another go. I think maybe both me and my ferrets gave up on it too quickly : )!
@saralee1 (1983)
• United States
4 Feb 07
actually, you can train ferrets to walk on a leash quite easily! however, it is you who need to be trained to walk them on a leash. (and I mean that in the most dearest of terms here) first off, your precious critters need to get used to the harness.putthe harness on them snugly, and let them wear it for a month, giving them a break so often. Because ferrets are nervous in the lights or strange noises disturb them, take them out to the park at night, to have them adjust to exploring things. take them out on small trips, because they get tired easily, or scared. eventually they will adjust to walking on a leash. and yeah, it is a very cute thing to take them to the pet store on a leash, expect major attention! I have also trained my ferrets to walk up and down three flights of stairs. It is the cutest thing! treats are not really needed. but remember, these critters like to explore, this is their special treat! be very libral when walking them, they certainly do not walk like a dog! and, have fun! let me know if you pursue this, I'd like to help if I can!!!!
@ginny36 (267)
• United States
5 Feb 07
I would love to see my ferrets walking up and down the stairs - my house is all one floor so my guys never get the chance, but I bet its adorable! I'll probably try the leash thing again when the weather gets a bit warmer, or maybe practice a bit indoors between now and then. I'll post back on how it's going. Thanks!
@Shababy (140)
• United States
31 Jan 07
We have leashes for our ferrets and use them to walk them. They walk slowly but they work. I have also seen people walking their ferrets in petco with them.
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@ginny36 (267)
• United States
31 Jan 07
I've seen people walking their ferrets in my local PetSmart too. It always makes me want to try to get mine to do the walking thing!
@freak369 (5122)
• United States
29 Jan 07
I've used them for guinea pigs and ferrets and the easiest way to get them used to it is to put the harness on them while they are in the house so they get used to the feel of it. If you put it on them and try to take them for a walk right away, they might not be too keen on it.
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• United States
28 Jan 07
My ferrets did the same thing as yours. Just turned into a "snake" and tried to slither around the floor. They acted like I put them into some kind of straight jacket. lol. I gave up on trying to walk them - not like I want to take them outside anyways. But I'm sure its something they have to get used to over a period of time, just like training a puppy to walk on a leash.
• United States
13 Apr 07
I have one ferret that will walk on a leash, one that wont. My girlfriend basically just trained it by dragging it (not in a mean way just like not letting it pull the other way). So it is possible just be patient and work with them. Its always fun taking them for a walk to see the looks people give you!
• United States
5 Feb 07
What kind of leash did you try? My kids have the harness type of leashes. They work great! I don't normally take them outside, but do when it snows. They love to tunnel under the snow. They don't walk like dogs persay, but they do run around with the leash attached.