How To Walk Your Ferret

You probably have seen plenty of dogs and even a few cats walking around on a leash, but chances are you haven’t seen too many ferrets walking through the park or on the sidewalk. However, ferrets are rather curious creatures, and many definitely enjoy spending time out in the sunshine, rolling around in the grass. We will discuss how to get your ferret used to their harness and spending time outside.

Can Ferrets Be Walked?

For a quick answer, ferret walking is definitely a possibility. However, there are a couple of things that should be considered before taking your ferrets outside. First, your ferrets must be vaccinated against rabies and distemper before they are allowed outside. Rabies is always fatal, and while canine distemper can be treated in the best case scenario, a ferret’s body is so small and fragile, it would be unlikely survive this devastating neurological ailment or the resulting treatment.

Additionally, it is important to know your ferrets temperament before you bring them outside for a walk or playdate at the park. Is your ferret a little bit shy or runs behind the couch at loud noises? It might take a little, or a lot more time, to get them to used to going outside. A bold ferret who is constantly getting into things may immediately become acclimated to running through the grass.

When introducing your ferret to the grass for the first time, it is important to stay right next to them and watch their body language closely. If they are flattening themselves, sprinting around, or climbing up your leg, it’s probably time to call it quits for the day and try again another day. It may help to calm your ferret down if you sit in the grass and let them explore the area around you. Stay to a quiet area of your yard or park, away from cars, other people, and definitely other animals until they are comfortable with the sights and sounds of outdoors.

Finally, it is important to know the laws in your area surrounding pets, particularly pets that are sometimes considered to be exotic. Some areas do not allow pets in parks, and some require you to have proof of up to date rabies vaccination. Make sure you are aware of all laws to keep you and your ferret out of hot water.

What Do I Need To Take My Ferrets Outside?

In order to safely and securely take your ferret outside, it is important to have at least a harness and a lead that will allow you to keep your ferret safe and secure, as well as allows your ferret to be comfortable while outside. We have more in depth information about ferret harnesses in this article here.

Additionally, if you want to ease your ferret into getting used to being outside but don’t want to start them with a harness, it would be a good idea to purchase a ferret playpen. We review various ferret playpens in our article here.


There are a number of different reasons why you and your ferret may want to spend some time together in the great outdoors. As long as you allow your ferret to ease into exploring the grass, there is no reason that you and your furry friend can’t enjoy some quality time going on walks.