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Old 04-27-2007, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Puppy and other pets - ferrets

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I've been so focused on just getting the pup adjusted to living with me and house trained that i've sorta ignored getting her used to the 2 ferrets i have not to mention i've been ignoring them more then i should have

Anyhow, the other day i had them out and I'm not sure Kay was acting aggressive, but she was definitely acting in a way i didnt want her to act. She tried to get her mouth on them. I think maybe she just thinks they are toys, but i cant really be sure she isnt thinking they are snacks.

Any ideas how i can get her to not do more then sniff them? I think the size difference kinda prohibits them from really playing together.

I should also mention that as of yet, i havent gotten her out of the habit of mouthing on people. So i'm guessing if she still uses me as a chew toy, expecting her not to use the ferrets as a chew toy is asking too much, especially since the ferrets cant yell no, grab her by the scruff and give her a shake.

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Old 04-27-2007, 05:52 PM   #2
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Hmmm ... I know absolutely nothing about ferrets. I'd work on sit/stay and down/stay with your pup & teach her calm while they're around.
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sounds reasonable. well, in theory sounds reasonable. Right now i have a hard time putting calm and Kay in the same sentence together

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Old 04-27-2007, 06:44 PM   #4
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Are you talking about you do that to the dog? Or the other animals cant?
If you do that you have to be carful, that can damage building a bond and the dog trusting you.
Sorry, i'm a little confused as to what you are asking. I do what to the dog? The other animals cant what?

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What kind of puppy you got yourself?

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german shepherd, almost 13 weeks old now.
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german shepherd, almost 13 weeks old now.
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I almost forgot how young your pup is. In that case, I think I'd work on calm & quiet & give them "a little space" to try to see if they're able to work things out on their own (as long as nobody's getting hurt ... beyond a yelp or an equivalent sound that a ferret makes). Chances are that they'd be no different than littermates who bite each other & learn when they bite, they get bitten back & learn better manners.

DO KEEP IN MIND ... that having NO knowledge of ferrets means that I'm not sure if they could or would harm the pup. But, I picture a friendly, frisky little animal the size of your average cat with adult strength. Cats are great at teaching puppies some manners & they make it quite clear when a pup crosses the line. I'm guessing that they might be best equipped for the job & a little freedom to set their own boundaries might be the answer here.

Just a thought ... but please don't take my word for it if you've got reasons to suspect this is bad advice or if you see signs of aggression coming from either side.
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the ferrets wouldnt be able to do more to her then nip her nose, and i dont even think thats too likely. They are more inclined to run then fight.

I'll take them out again later and see how she reacts. But from what i saw the first time i think she would definitely be too rough with them. I'll just play it by ear.

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I'd try it with her on a leash & see if you can get some calm on her part — if not calm, then at least some control. Correct her when she's being too rambunctious but do consider giving them a little "space" to work out their own rules. See how that goes. Animals tend to play more rough than we would like to see but sometimes they do have a way of working things out on their own. As a 13 week old pup, she may have the ability to cause harm but I doubt seriously that she has any real predatory intent at this age.
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Old 04-28-2007, 03:31 PM   #10
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ok i'll give that a try. thanks

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