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jmcoln

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My ferret does not understand the word no. - Friday, August 18, 2017 1:11 PM
Like most ferret owners I am having issues with my ferrets pooping on the floor instead of in a litter box. I understand it will never be 100% but what bothers me is that when I catch them and say NO or clap they don't stop the behavior. Like if I catch Ricardo going against the wall, not even usually a corner, and I cant get there quick enough to scruff him I will say no in a loud deep voice or clap. I understood that it would stop them from doing it at least long enough for me to get to him. Ricardo on the other hand just looks at me and keeps doing what he's doing with no hesitation. I obviously do not want to hit, flick, or do anything to hurt my fur babies or hurt our relationship but I also can just have a undisciplined ferret. The pooping issue is just an example of a unwanted behavior, I am just looking for ways to make my ferret understand that the action is unwanted and to stop when I say no. Would a spray bottle work like with a cat or is there a way to make them understand a loud no signifies a bad behavior just like you teach them that praise and treats were for good actions?

please help me!!!!!
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Re:My ferret does not understand the word no. - Sunday, August 20, 2017 8:23 PM
I wish I had a definite answer.  Litter training is the hardest part.  We've had to provide papers or puppy pads all over, in almost every corner.  They never use a box out of the cage bu they will use papers and pads.  It stinks when the smartest ones defy you and poop in the middle of the floor while you stand there watching and yelling. ::sigh::

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Re:My ferret does not understand the word no. - Monday, August 21, 2017 3:47 PM

Before they come out of their cage....make sure they use the litter box.

I start with one room with four litter boxes in the corner.     When I see them not using the litter box.....then I put them into the litter box for them to go.  Once, they start using the litter boxes. Then I will open up another room for them and start all over again.
I spend a lot time on litter training my ferrets.  They are pretty good about using the litter boxes.  It's when they get older and sick that they stop using the litter boxes.     This is when I bring back to one room.

You have to spend the time training.   Keep close eye on them and walk behind them....when you think they are going to back up in a corner. 

PS, they will not return back to certain litter box... (some maybe) it's just easier to put litter box or boxes in that room.

Scruff them, hitting them or flick them or using a spray bottle....not going to work.  It's just mean.

Good luck!





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Re:My ferret does not understand the word no. - Tuesday, August 22, 2017 8:51 PM
That's a great plan.  We have a litter box in most rooms and puppy pads in dang near every corner just because.  They go thru a rebel phase between 6 mo and a year and some never completely get over it.  Having 6-8 at a time it can get pretty frustrating so best to be prepared, lol.

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