This section covers your legal rights and precautions for taking your fox out in public below.
Your Legal Rights As A Pet Owner
Taking Your Fox Out In Public
One of the biggest things any fox owner will tell you is what a stink people make about their fox being in public. People ask if it's a dog, ask where you got them, if they are legal. To be honest it can be quite annoying.
Things you should look for when taking your fox in public:
-Make sure you have the proper permits. Even the states that legally allow you to have a pet fox may require a different permit to bring them anywhere other than the location you are authorized to have them at. And if you travel out of your county, it may be illegal to bring them.
-Make sure you read body language. If someone is uncomfortable, do not force them to interact with your fox. In most states one bite even reported from an exotic animal and they can be euthanized, no questions asked.
-Try to avoid children as much as all possible. Kids can be rough and expose your fox to handling in ways they may not be used to. You must know your fox, and their body language to know when enough interaction is enough. If you must interact with children, and their overprotective parents, try holding your fox and letting them pet their tail instead of near their mouth.
-Always keep your fox leashed while walking in public. Not only is this good because foxes do not do well off leash, but this is also beneficial due to most counties in the US having strict pet leash laws even for domestic animals such as cats and dogs.
-Always bring a treat that is more exciting than the distractions. Making sure to have a treat (such as hot dogs or pet bacon) that is different from their normal one will ensure that they are more likely to listen to you, and ignore the bad distractions.
-Make sure your fox has been exposed to all stimuli on a walk they would experience since they were a kit, so they know how to react and what to expect. While all situations are different, if they have been well socialized from a baby they should know what to expect.
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