This is the day my malt paste finally arrived, allowing me to start training my two ferrets (Frankie and Benny) to stop biting. Up until this point I had had to resort to handling them while wearing heavy-duty gardening gloves.
This video shows Benny on his first day of training, and despite a few nips and alot of chews he gets along quite well. By the time I put him back home he was barely biting at all.
While training him I use 2 different techniques recommended to me:
1) When he bites hard I scruff him and hiss loudly at him. This is exactly what their mother would have done in the wild to let them know that they’re biting too hard.
2) If he gets a good hold of me and scruffing doesn’t seem to be having any effect then I gently push into his mouth with the finger he’s got a hold of. This is quite uncomfortable for a ferret and they don’t expect it, so they tend to let go quite soon afterwards.
Neither of these techniques hurt the ferret in any way, and are a great way to let them know not to bite.