Hello! I’m brand new to the forums because we just adopted a little girl ferret who we’ve called Skeeter! We’re enjoying every minute of her silly personality, but she does have a nipping problem which is my reason for posting. We’ve only had her for a week, and I’ve heard it takes a minute for ferrets to adjust, but I’m worried she may be too set in her ways to change.
We’ve been using the “time out” box, scruffing, and hissing methods but there hasn’t been much improvement. Usually it’s only play biting, but she chomps hard and sometimes will hang on. Our process is bite, hiss, scruff, move, repeat twice more, then she goes to the naughty box until she looks like she’s calmed down.
Some more info that may be useful to know - we have 3 dachshunds who she has not met yet (but we hope to introduce them in a safe environment eventually). She and the dogs are completely separated (they live downstairs in the gated off living room, and she lives upstairs). Could the dogs possibly be putting some stress on her? We play with her every day for a couple hours until she gets bored and puts herself to bed. She is spayed, and we think she’s an adult. She was abandoned in the woods when she was turned in to the shelter where we adopted her, so we don’t have a lot of information on her.
Thank you for any advice you can give us! No matter what she’s a sweet girl, tons of fun, and we’re keeping her around for good.