Ferret Training 201: Teaching your ferret to stand up

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  1. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    Yes – any consistent noise is fine. :O)

  2. MegaHermioneWeasley
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    Could I use a finger snap, instead of the clicker??

  3. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    I’ve found that the hand signals work a lot better than verbal commands. I don’t know if its just my experience of if most ferrets are that way.  Its important that you always use the same hand and the exact same motion for your signal. I use both verbal and hand signals because with things such as calling your ferret, I want him to understand he still needs to pay attn to what I’m saying :)

  4. Chatty Vicky
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    One more thing and I’ll stop flooding your comment section! :) …was just posting to Mischa’s Mama that we should get Joey, Mischa and Yogi and others doing stands in succession for a cool ferret wave! LOL! ;)

  5. Chatty Vicky
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    Oh also, I meant to ask you, often I can’t get Yogi to ‘rollover’ without starting him off even though he knows the trick. He learns fast but I must not be clear about the hand signals or he’s not focusing on them. I tried just saying rollover but I see him getting confused. I wonder if maybe trying to just use the hand signal and say nothing (hard for me but I’ll TRY…lol) might help him learn the visual signals better? Hmm… Sorry for posting so much!

  6. Chatty Vicky
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    Hi Courtnie! I’ve always trained without a clicker and it’s been okay. But I’m seeing the difficulty when trying to teach Yogi something a bit more subtle like a ‘high five’. It’s hard for to ‘mark’ the moment that he touches me with his paw as a desired behavior. If he was deaf like my Ollie I’d probably approach the trick a different way. But I’m thinking of using a clicker because Yogi is much more sound oriented. Now the real tick is ME getting click & treat together! ;)

  7. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    I don’t think the age matters. If they are really young(3 Months or less) I would just stick with the basics like no biting and litter training. Any age older than that I think is fine to train tricks :O)

  8. Reece Newton
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    hi I’m enjoying watching your video. I’m slowly learning how to train my ferret, what the best age to train the ferret.

  9. Monkeysee Monkeydoo
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    Ok. Also, before i also forget this,, every time I play with Joselito, he gets really, really hyper. Should i train him right after hyper play time or let him calm down a bit? He jut loves to play!! Thank you very much and for the idea on easier training.

  10. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    Awww I am so incredibly sorry to hear of the passing of your ferret :O( I am glad that you were able to bond with him by teaching him some tricks. You’re very welcome for the videos!

  11. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    Hi there. I thought it would be easier to just reply to this comment instead. My suggestion would be to play with your ferret for a good while before starting training. This will get a lot of his energy out and help calm him when its time to do tricks. Also, when starting out, train him in a small area like a bathroom so there is less distraction. You can work your way into larger areas when your ferret gets more consistent.

  12. nicolasf1999
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    thank you 

  13. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    Oh yes definitely! He can bond with you just fine.

  14. nicolasf1999
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    hey im thinking of buying a ferret but the guy i want to get him from says she is already 6 mounths and has been descented and all that can he get used to me and love me and be attached to me as he would if he were new

  15. Monkeysee Monkeydoo
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    Oh, and before I forget, my other ferret who has recently died because of an intestinal blockage, Miguelito, has learned to stand up because of you. Thank you so much for these training videos! Hope to get more from you! Thanks!!!!! Cute ferret by the way.

  16. Monkeysee Monkeydoo
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    Hi Courtney,
    I need some help. My ferret, Joselito normally refuses to stand up and do other tricks. When he was little, it was also hard for me to train him because he was more of the playing type than the training type and I really want to train him to do tricks. Is there some other ways to make training easier. If there is, please send me a video reply to one of my ferret’s videos and make sure its the white one. Thank you.

  17. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    wow that is really young! I would say for now just focus on litter training and working on not biting down too hard. These might take a little while so don’t get frustrated. I’d also just spend lots of time cuddling your new little one so he develops a strong bond with you :O) I didn’t start training Joey to do actual tricks until he was 5-6 months old.

  18. TheKienTube
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    Hi Courtney! My ferret is about 7 week old.What do you think, when should I start to teach him? His focus is terrible at the moment.Everything is interesting for him..

  19. Andres Contreras
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    your ferret is huge! and you are a very sweet person

  20. Rees Harkin
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    Thank you Courtney! I think Joey is an awesome ferret and you are a very good trainer. I subscribed to you because of your fantastic channel! :)

  21. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    Awww yay! That is so exciting!

  22. marrisa smelscer
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    Hi, just wanted to let you know I’ve been watching your videos and in just 2 weeks my ferret knows how to almost roll over and stand. Thanks!

  23. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    Rees- Joey is black mitt colored ferret. As he is getting older his fur is getting a little bit lighter

  24. Rees Harkin
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    What breed of ferret is joey?

  25. Rees Harkin
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    Thank you

  26. ChiliDC
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    1-2 times at year. But i can put them in water many times but no soap

  27. Rees Harkin
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    When can a ferret be bathed?

  28. Joey TheTrainedFerret
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    My first ferret, Eddie, was deaf. Joey can hear.

  29. Juli H.
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    thank you for your Videos they help me so much :)))

  30. Bubblegumpets
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    In another video You said that Joey was born deaf is he still ?

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