Basic Ferret Training

Wondering what kind of ferret training is possible? There are ways to train your ferret that are helpful on a daily basis, and there are tricks you can teach your ferret.

Your ferret should not spend all day in his ferret cage. Ferrets need between two and four hours of daily play. Ferrets need ferret toys or they will find things of yours to make their toys. They are very playful and love to push, pull, chew and crawl through whatever they find interesting. Grab some treats, and find out what you can do to train your ferret.

Easy Litter Box Ferret Training
Ferrets will easily learn to use a litter box if you put one in their cage and one in the corner of the room. The bigger the room, the more likely an accident could occur, however.

Start small, having them use the litter box in the ferret cage. Once the ferret has mastered that, and it won't take long, you can increase the size of the space you give him for play; have a litter box available in the corner. Give the ferret enough time to play in that space for him to have the chance to use the litter box there successfully. Gradually increase the size of his play space until he is used to going to the litter box when he needs it.

Ferret Training Tricks
Ferrets can learn tricks! The easiest tricks to teach your ferret are to come when called, to sit and to roll over. Unlike a dog, ferrets won't work for affection as a reward; ferrets want a treat. Make sure you have a supply of your ferret's favorite snack. Ferrets are easy to please, and many foods can serve as a reward. You can also get some special ferret treats from the pet store.

To teach your ferret anything, the key is repetition and reward. Repeat the command and offer a treat. To teach your ferret his name, say the name and hold a treat for him to see. Say his name a few more times, then give him the treat when he looks. Let him eat the treat. Then say his name again, while holding the treat for him to see. When he looks at you, give him the treat. Repeat this several times until he comes running when you say his name.

To teach your ferret to sit, hold a treat above his head. When he sits back and looks up at it, say "Sit." Hold it up a little higher so he reaches for it, sitting back on his haunches. Repeat "Sit" and give him the treat. Repeat this process many times until you say sit and he complies. Remember to always reward with the treat. Ferrets don't work for pats and praise.

Roll Over
When your ferret lies down, roll him over on his back. Say, "Roll over," with a little rub on his belly. When he returns upright, give him a treat. Repeat over and over again until he rolls over to get a treat from you, and rolls over on command.

Patience, repetition and rewarding with a treat are the keys to ferret training. Ferrets are smart and playful. They will enjoy the interaction as long as they are not distracted by other wonderful things to explore. Try to keep the training area as clutter-free as possible and make it fun. The more more you pressure your ferret, the less likely he will be interested in working on the trick.

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