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#1181648 - 10/13/11 05:41 PM New mom with bite marks help

I have just adopted 2 babies. They are 9 weeks old. Their names are Alvin & Lily. Any suggestion on handling them or is it too soon. I have had them 7 day. I know it will take time to totally hold them , but should I be starting to holding them or just only working on trust? I am a new mom. I would appreciate and information you can give.

#1181695 - 10/13/11 09:40 PM Re: New mom with bite marks help [Re: ]
Epic1 Offline
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Registered: 08/04/11
Posts: 92
Loc: Utah
Hello and :welcome: Your gliders will let you know if your moving to fast for them. I would start wearing them around in bonding pouch, give them lick treats so they get use to you putting your hands in the pouch. Just don't chase them around in the cage. Talk to them a lot by their cage. Lick treats have always worked for me I start with lick treats in their cage to get them use to me putting my hand in the cage. Hope this helps.
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#1181762 - 10/14/11 03:13 AM Re: New mom with bite marks help [Re: ]
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Registered: 01/03/09
Posts: 7748
Loc: New Jersey
there is a wealth of good info on "bonding" in the bonding forums. I usually advice people to give them a couple days to settle in, then spend some time just sitting next to their cage so they realize you are not a threat.

Here's something I wrote up a while ago for my website and have used it here a couple time:

Ever wonder how humans get wild animals such as birds and squirrels and even deer to come up to them and take food from them? Its because the animal has become "acclimated" to their presence. The human (any human) has been around so long without bothering the animal, that the animal learns they are not a threat.

We need to do the same thing with our gliders. Deep down inside they are a wild animal. When you stare at a glider that doesnt trust you yet, they also feel as though they may be on the dinner menu, for what do predators do before they pounce? they stare.

So my tips to bonding run this way:
First is you need patience and LOVE.

Then you need to learn to NOT stare at them. Just a quick look will do, or look at them sideways.

Then you need to just sit next to their cage. And do nothing at first. Just sit and talk softly to them so they learn your voice. Maybe place a treat in the cage. Put it there while they watch you and move your hand away.

They will eventually learn you are NOT hunting them, and when you appear, so do the yummies. When they start to act interested in your presence, you are ready to take it to the next level.

Keep in mind that since they are little furry people with personalities all their own, this first stage may take a day, week, year.

Hope that helps
I'm going to move this to the bonding forum for you too for more exposure and tips on bonding.
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#1181793 - 10/14/11 08:40 AM Re: New mom with bite marks help [Re: ]
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Registered: 06/08/11
Posts: 7560
Loc: Long Island, NY
One of mine used to bite every day when I first got him. But he came around with patience and a lot of love.

You've gotten great advice from JillMarie. And read more in the bonding section and you'll get a lot more tips wink

"Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard."

#1182118 - 10/15/11 10:27 AM Re: New mom with bite marks help [Re: ]

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