so my family is finally getting a new dog this sunday. she is an 8 week old aussie poo so australian labrador and poodle. in between my last dog passing of old age and our soon to be new dog i rescued two ferrets. there are all mine, i support them financially on my own with everything my parents don’t care for them to much but they allow me to have them. i love them to death and ive had them for about 4 months now. we’re all still learning about each other she getting comfortable but so far so good and now this puppy is adding a whole new situation i have to deal with to keep my ferrets. bris my parents didn’t like the smell and i figured that out and now they’re worried about the new puppy. i really need advice on introducing because obviously i want to love the dog and let it be in my room but ferrets first. so please help with any advice on introducing and coexistence.
Post by caitmonster on May 3, 2020 12:07:43 GMT -5
It sounds like you've put a lot of thought into their care and situation. Feel free to post any other questions on here that you might have, we're certainly happy to help, and there's a ton of information available. Sorry to hear about your old pupper.
New puppies are always exciting (and exhausting!), especially ones that are high-energy breeds like yours. Here is my suggestion: hold the puppy, or keep it on a leash, so it can watch and sniff your ferrets in a controlled manner, and learn to recognize them as "family." But I personally wouldn't let the puppy (or dog) and the ferrets play together, and certainly not ever be together unattended. Some people are able to let their dogs and ferrets roam around together and it works out for them; however I had my first ferret with a dog I trusted not to be aggressive, and she never was, but there's ALWAYS the possibility of an accident--one eventually did happen. So, I always recommend against it. I would keep the ferrets caged while the puppy is in your room, or vice versa.
I hope this is helpful and I realize this would mean some extra work for everyone. Someone else might have a better idea. Best of luck.
As much as you would like your puppy and ferrets to play together and get along, it's a risk no matter how you look at it.
I had a dog who was a hunter. Every time I brought home a new pet she was very understanding, careful and all she wanted to do was sniff it and move on. When she was outside, everything was fair game! She did what she was meant to do...hunt, and she was excellent at it! She was fast and accurate! You can't change what was bred into them. My dog was great with cats and even my pet rats I had. She would leave them along. I'm sure she would do the same with my ferret but I didn't trust the ferret because he was always interested in nipping her feet. I never took a chance to allow the ferret to get close to the dog because if he did bite her she could have bit back and it wouldn't have been pretty. It wasn't worth the risk. You can't predict what an animal is thinking.