Ferrets can be very smelly and dirty so a part of the ferret training is of course teach him the procedure of cleaning. Before you give a bath your lovely ferret please bare in mind that ferrets do not need to be washed bathed at all. In fact if you bath him once in three or four weeks that is enough. It is very important not to bathe them too often because it can really hurt their skin and make it very dry. Ferrets usually have their own way to clean themselves without the need to wash in the water very often as we the humans do.
When it comes to ferret training bath, fill the pail with warm water. Ferrets have high body temperature so in this way they will naturally enter to the bath. On the other hand please make sure that the temperature is not too high as it might burn his skin. If you will not do it correctly at the first time, your ferret might be afraid to take baths and on the next time it will be much harder to train him taking it. The best advice is just to put your hand in the water before you enter the ferret, just to check that the water is in good temperature.
Some ferret like to swim and they can get really tired of this. So you might consider putting a box or a place where he can rest for a while. Other ferrets might not like baths, swimming and diving, so the solution for this situation is to use the shower.
There are lots of ferret soap and shampoos on the market that you can use. And you can also use baby oil or baby shampoo. No matter what you choose, just make sure it is a no-tear shampoo. Next scrub the ferret gently from head to tail, wait few minutes and than wash him again. Drying your ferret is also an easy task; you can simply wrap him in a clean towel or you can use a FERRET DRYING SACK. Some ferrets prefer to dry by themselves so you might consider put a towel in his cage and let him do it.
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