Taking your fuzzy outside for a walk wearing a ferret harness can be quite a challenge. I have done this a couple of times myself recently. And I have to admit, although not all that practical, it is fun. Though my dog seemed extremely bored at the slow pace we were moving ;-)
Walking your ferret on a lead is a great way to keep him physically and mentally active. Make sure he has had all his vaccinations as you might encounter other animals (or their droppings).
Before you take Mr Fuzzbutt out, you’ll need the right ferret supplies though. I recommend choosing a ferret harness instead of a ferret collar. As strong-headed as they are, ferrets will tend to pull their lead. Wearing just a collar can cause him to choke himself, or even slip out of it all together.
There are basically 3 types of ferret harnesses; H-shape, 8-shape and the “vest” harness.
The 8-shape is pretty uncomfortable for your fuzzy, so unless you want to play dress-up with the vest type, I recommend the H-shape. It should have strong plastic clasps. Not metal ones, they can get pretty hot in the sun (though you really shouldn’t take your fuzzy out when it’s really warm).
A ferret collar with a bell is useful in the house to know where your fuzzy is (thus preventing to accidentally step on him). Never leave your ferret alone when wearing a color though. They may get stuck somewhere and nearly strangle themselves trying to get away.
As for the looks and materials, those choices are really up to you. You can buy ferret collars in leather with diamond studs, or plain nylon ones.
Now it’s time to train your willful woozel to wear his brand new ferret harness. As usual when you want to teach your ferret something, bring on the treats.
Finished? Still have 10 fingers? Great! Time for another reward, and have some chocolate yourself ;-)
Now it’s time to let your fuzzy loose inside. Want to know why should start inside the house?
Keep a close eye on him and distract him with a treat or toy when he becomes too focused on the ferret harness.
Keep the sessions short, say 5 minutes, then remove the harness and reward.
Repeat this a couple of times. When you notice he’s getting used to the harness and doesn’t try to break free of it anymore, you can take him outside with you.
Again, the first couple of times you’ll only want to be outside for a couple of minutes. You can increase the time as you and your fuzzy adjust to this new experience.