Young ferrets they are often frightened by a sudden movement from above, especially if it is accompanied by a loud noise.
When frightened, young ferrets arch their backs, grin and hiss, their hair becomes on end, sometimes animals make screeching sounds. If the ferret does not remove the anal glands, then in fright, it will release a strongly smelling substance, which is a means of protection from predators. Adult ferrets are less fearful, unless attacked by a large animal. When the ferret realizes that there is no danger, he will calm down in a few minutes.
Ferrets who accidentally (or for the first time) find themselves on the street can be very scared.
Never try to pick up a frightened ferret in your arms, as the animal can bite and scratch you hard.
To catch a ferret, try throwing a coat or a thick towel over it, then grab it in your hands and take it to a quiet place, or put on thick gloves and catch it with your hands. Talk to the animal in a calm voice, do not make sudden movements and do not make too much noise until the animal calms down. Ferrets in a frightened state move very quickly, so do not miss the chance to catch a frightened animal in time.
Some females with cubs attack strangers who walk past their cage. Mothers who protect their children can cause very serious injuries. The best way to avoid such aggression is not to disturb the female with the newborn cubs.
Most young animals love to play and chew different things, ferrets are no exception. When playing, young ferrets bite each other's neck, and they can transfer this same behavior to people. Young ferrets can bite a person by the finger if they are hungry.
Many ferret owners understand that the animal does not intentionally injure them, especially if it was scared.
If the ferret bit you and does not want to let go, do not pull it away from you. The harder you pull it, the stronger the ferret will squeeze its jaws, and the more pain the animal will cause you. There are a few tricks that will make the ferret let you go.
Do not beat the ferret! While the frightened ferret is holding you, do not shake it. A very frightened animal can become more aggressive. Do not underestimate the damage the ferret can do.
Try to grab the ferret with your fingers, the ferret should let you go. As soon as he does, grab him by the scruff of his neck and shake him violently. Ferrets that clench their jaws hard will not immediately let you go, even if you grab them by the nose. Such animals must be placed under a stream of cold water, or a solid object (with a blunt end inward) is inserted into the ferret’s mouth and unclenched.
The softer shaking helps to distract the young ferret who bites your fingers.
If the ferret is played and bites your fingers during the game, you can distract it with various exercises, for example, turn the ferret upside down, swing it from side to side (like a pendulum), you can still gently toss the animal up and catch it in your hands. Ferrets usually like it.
Very young ferrets are quite active and bite all the time. If your ferret bites you to attract attention (or for other reasons), lock him in the cage for a while. Every attempt of a ferret to bite you, try to nip with a sharp voice “No!”. It will take some time for the ferret to understand what is required of him.
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Raise a ferret and wean him from those habits that you do not like, it is worth from the first days of the appearance of the pet in your house. It is also worthwhile to be consistent in terms of raising a ferret, and if you forbid him to something - you are not allowed to bite your hands, this should not be allowed to be done even during the game. Animals do not draw boundaries and parallels; one thing is clear to them. If something is possible, it is always possible. If you can’t do something, it’s a permanent ban. However, they may try to break it.
Of course, it is much easier to educate teenage ferrets at the age of 3-4 months. If at this age you show them that you can’t bite, they will learn this rule for their whole life, if time was lost, the ferret will be more difficult to wean from a bad habit. And, unfortunately, there are even cases when the most experienced training and education do not give results. How to tame a ferret.
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How to wean a ferret to bite
The ferret has sharp teeth
But it’s too early for us to give up and think that nothing will work out. Better let's think why can your ferret bite. Having determined the reason, we can eliminate the factors that provoke this behavior.
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Why a ferret bites
- The ferret is not used to you yet - when the animal is in a state of stress, it falls into a completely new environment for him, where there is nothing familiar, do not be surprised that he is trying to protect himself from the world unknown to him with sharp teeth. In this situation, the ferret needs to be given time to adapt and get used to the new environment. It is quite possible that, having become accustomed, he will cease to be so wild and aggressive, and then you can get to know him better. About caring for a ferret.
- Ferret has an aggressive character - ferrets, like humans, have different behaviors. As good people are, so are aggressive ferrets, who by their nature do not mind to grab someone’s finger. Well, in this case, you can sympathize - you came across a difficult case, and wish patience. If you follow our advice, you will have a real chance to change the ferret’s behavior and make it less aggressive. Until the animal stops biting, you should not let it out of the cage. Try to feed him little by little through the rods, making sure that he does not bite. When the ferret gets used to your hands and smell, you can let it out of the cage. Learn how to feed a ferret.
- Ferret takes you for his - it really is. The bites could indicate that he recognized you for his own. The fact is that in childhood this is how ferrets play with their sisters and brothers. True, such bites are less painful for a thick animal skin than for you and me. Having played a ferret starts to bite you too. Letting him do this is not worth it. Stop the game and put the animal in its place (a little later, we will describe how to do it). A few such trainings as a ferret will learn that you can play with the owner, but you can’t bite.
What to do if a ferret bites
Do not let the ferret bite you while playing
If in spite of all your efforts to train the animal, he bites desperately, try the following. Find soft leather gloves in the house to protect your hands from pet bites, and take the ferret in your hands. It is better to take a sleepy animal, then it is more calm and not so active. Stroke the pet, gently talk to him, offer a treat, but if the ferret tries to bite you, gently click his finger on his nose, and strictly say “fu”. He will have to learn this dog team. If the animal calms down - treat it to a treat.
Do not try to immediately make your tactile contacts long. Just a couple of minutes and the ferret can be released. The main thing is that he learned the command "fu" and the fact that the owner can not bite.
Some breeders recommend using a shower spray. As for me, he is a little stressful, so you should not resort to him unless absolutely necessary. If the ferret is too aggressive and is trying to bite you or your household, put him in the bathroom and direct a stream of warm shower at him. This will cool the ferret's ardor and calm him down a bit. After this, the pet can be treated to a treat. But as soon as he shows signs of aggression - again a bath and a shower. However, if you are raising a ferret in this way in the cool season, make sure that the wet animal does not catch a cold. About the diseases of ferrets.
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Should a ferret be punished for biting
Do not lower the ferret if he does not obey, bites and behaves aggressively. If you allow him to behave this several times, it will quickly become a habit in him, and in the future you will have serious problems with the pet. Raise a ferret and adhere to one line of upbringing, this also applies to your relatives and family members. It is very important that they do not allow the ferret what you forbid him to do. Applying physical punishment to the animal, beating it, starving it, trying to wean it in this way is not worth it. These methods of education will not lead to anything good. Try to better pave the way to his heart through affection and goodies. And then soon your animal will become tame and completely social, without a hint of aggression in its behavior.
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Features of the behavior of ferrets
Most often, the reason why the ferret bites is because of natural instincts. With the help of teeth, cubs learn the world and learn to protect their territory.
The games of young cherished in their natural habitat may seem tough, but that is how they acquire the skills of hunting and self-defense. Aggression increases in young predators due to a surge in hormones. This usually falls on the first month of their life. It is not necessary to get a second animal in this period of the ferret's life: young animals can arrange a real slaughter. Adults can also show aggression, but in smaller numbers.
The male bites the withers of the female during the hunt. Also, directly during mating, the ferret firmly holds the female at the withers with her teeth. In this place, the skin of predators is arranged like that of cats, and strong bites do not harm them.
These animals prefer to kill their victims with a quick and powerful bite on their neck, therefore, if a predator tries to grab a hand or leg and attacks from an ambush, it means that he sees a victim in you. Such behavior should be immediately corrected, otherwise the animal will have to be kept exclusively locked.
Other causes for ferret bites include:
- active games that evoke hunting instincts in animals,
- a change of scenery,
- distrust of strangers
- struggle for power over the territory.
Usually a domestic ferret bites infrequently, since this breed was specially bred for peaceful coexistence with humans. But it should be remembered that even the ferrets ancestors were wild predators, therefore, natural instincts sometimes prevail over the animal.
Many people mistakenly believe that it is impossible to wean a ferret to bite at home, since the animal does not have intelligence. However, it is not. These predators are social animals that understand a lot. In order to wean the animal to show aggression, a special set of measures should be taken, depending on the cause of the bites.
Methods for adjusting animal behavior
Do ferrets bite decorative domestic animals? First of all, it should be noted that even in the wild, ferrets do not bite constantly.
In childhood, they are taught to calculate the strength of the bite by a female, who for bad behavior can firmly pat a puppy at the withers. In a home environment, the pet owner or breeder should do this. The animal can inflict the first serious bites after 4 weeks of life. Prior to this, the puppy's jaws are still very weak. When the predator turns a month old, his teeth are already quite sharp, and his mouth muscles are strong.
The animal may not be aware that it is compressing the jaw too much if it is not explained to it in time. In adulthood, weaning a ferret will be virtually impossible. Animals on large farms or by inexperienced owners can often be aggressive, because in the first months of life they were not explained how to behave.
Before weaning a young ferret to bite, you should determine the cause of the behavior, since the ways to adjust the behavior are different from each other. In some situations, a severe reprimand should be made; in some, caresses should be made.
The most common cause of bites is the ferret's arousal and playfulness. Even domestic breeds like to hunt rodents, so active games can awaken the instincts of a predator in an animal.
This manifests itself as a constant attempt to jump on a person, attack from the side or bounce in one place with a grunt. So the young Khoryats play with their relatives and try to play with the owner, in which they see the parental figure.
How to wean a ferret to bite if the cause is excited behavior? In this case, the methods of exposure to the animal look like this:
- stop the game by loudly saying the word “No” or “No”,
- stop paying attention to the ferret for a while,
- put the animal in a cage for half an hour so that it calms down.
Usually, the same measures have a good effect on young ferrets, allowing the infrequent cub to recover. If the animal continues to be aggressive, you can lift it by the withers and shake it slightly. For the ferret, this procedure is harmless, but in this way the female will calm down the active cubs, instincts will work.
In no case should you beat an animal or throw it away. This can cause the ferret to become embittered and take revenge. It’s better to hold it for a few minutes by the scruff of your neck and give a rigorous lecture. A measured voice calms a raging pet well and allows you to understand that it is better not to do so. If you are afraid of harming the ferret with such disciplinary actions, then watch the training video.
Dream Interpretation - Aggression
All conflict-related behavior is called agonistic; it includes aggression, auto-aggression, freezing, and flight.
Aggressive impulses are usually suppressed in life, but, nevertheless, they constantly arise in the depths of the unconscious as probably the primary energy equivalent to libido.
The point of view of ethologists is that the energy of aggression in evolution is directly blocked by sexuality and is inseparable from libido.
This is already noticeable at the level of reptiles, in which there is no supportive behavior, and sexuality always manifests itself in an aggressive context.
There is an intrinsic motivation for aggression that is not related to external impulses.
If aggression is not provided with other ways out or there is no aggression redirection, these impulses can turn against the individual himself: they become self-destructive, they also act as a feeling of guilt or anxiety if this energy is displaced.
Sometimes the displacement looks like active auto-grooming (preening) or sports, which are a kind of safety valve.
As a result of the displacement, aggression turns into very complex rituals.
Aggression is suppressed by submission (submission) of the victim, an increase in territory, food and drink, orgasmic discharge.
Nevertheless, aggressive impulses can be transformed into the victim’s behavior, for example, the victim, wanting to settle accounts with the aggressor, is not able to do this and intentionally takes the blame, demonstrating submission (submission).
The other person in the dream may look like an aggressor, while the dreamer appears to be a victim or an innocent witness, isolated from violence or even frightened by it.
Dreams can be a disclosure of the dreamer in terms of his alleged aggression and its possible consequences.
In fact, aggression can be an instrument for fulfilling other tasks (for example, pedagogical, child protection, maternal aggression).
Some aspects of a person’s life are associated with threats from an aggressor nearby (for example, a member of a family or group) whom he identifies with.
In this case, he can observe in a dream the transformation of the image into a pet (for example, a cat or dog) that attacks him.
Behavioral signs of aggression include clenching your fist, grinning and, therefore, showing teeth, enlarging the shoulder, showing the groin, waving, abrupt and unexpected gestures, staring, chewing, and demonstrating the lower jaw.
Therefore, elements such as genitals, teeth, an outstretched arm, eye, fist, should be considered aggressive.
These symbols are captured in jagged ornaments, wall decorations and have a protective meaning.
Aggression is developed in stages: aggressive and preventive, in which only patterns of intentions are manifested, aggressive-conflict and aggressive-contact.
The direct, direct manifestation of aggression in animals and humans is impossible, always there are warning and conflict stages, they naturally appear in the symbols of interpersonal relations.
Cultural and racial features of the manifestation of aggression are expressed in the fact that in different ethnic groups there are relatively acceptable forms of presentation, redirection or displacement of aggression.
So in some ethnic groups it is quite acceptable to redirect the insult of an individual to members of his own family (wife, children, pets).
In other ethnic groups, such an aggressive affect is allowed when intoxicated and is associated with a special manifestation of love.
In some ethnic groups, aggressive patterns appear in a gesture, but hide in facial expressions, in others they mainly appear in a pose.
Auto-aggressive behavior also has a stage of intent, which manifests itself in submissive patterns of avoidance, reduction in size, hiding, the stage of pronounced auto-aggressive behavior up to suicide.
It also has a cultural connotation, which, in particular, is manifested in the acceptability or unacceptability of suicide in a number of cultures and ethnic groups.
The behavior of aggression is manifested in pedagogy (pedagogical aggression) and the family, such aggression defines the boundaries of individual freedom, and it is present in all cultures.
Most symbols of aggression are combined with dominance, while symbols of auto-aggression are combined with submissiveness and victim behavior.
Dream Interpretation - Maternal aggression
Aggression against sources threatening your own child.
It probably hides unconscious aggression against the child himself.
For example, a child’s hyper-custody and overfeeding may be hidden signs of high anxiety (the child as an instrument of protection), aggression directed against the child, or aggression against the immediate environment.
Dream Interpretation - Sex drive as aggression
Aggression and passion are often not differentiated in dreams.
So, a stick or attack, especially in the dreams of women, means sexual assault.
Such dreams are deep-seated, since aggression and sexuality were combined in evolution, with the passive role being associated with the female and the aggressive role with the male.
Meanwhile, the severity of aggression in women is also associated with the phase of ovulation.
In the period prior to menstruation, aggressiveness increases.
The pacifying effect, that is, reducing aggression, is exerted by children's behavior in men.
Dream Interpretation - Auto-aggression and aggression of the victim
Redirecting aggression to oneself in connection with the impossibility of its direct manifestation.
It manifests itself as symbols of the loss of parts of one's own body, destruction, including tattooing, scarring and piercing (piercing).
The most striking symbol of auto-aggression in dreams is a car accident and accident.
It is likely that if at the time of the disaster a specific person is driving in a dream, responsibility for destructive semantics is transferred to him.