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#1193602 - 11/19/11 06:40 AM need help please
glider_mom84 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 114
Loc: Engelwood Flordia
hello all i need a bit of help.I have year old male glider and things have been good but i wont let him on to or smell my hands im so scared of being bitten what can i do to stop scaring myself?? i know that if i do get bite i dont want to deal with him for a few days ill be way scared of getting bite again. Any suggestions? i dont want to be afraid of my little guy please help me

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#1193603 - 11/19/11 06:49 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
sitkasmom Offline
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Registered: 09/27/11
Posts: 3039
Loc: Finally in the Mountains!
Try using a drinking straw dipped in yogurt for licky treats. Three licks and reload.

I cut my straws in half so I dont go through as many.

Remember if you are scared he will be able to sense that and it will make him scared...

I am sure someone else will offer other advise that has more experience than I..

Nanuk bites but its more of a "oh, that wasnt an orange or mealie, Huh Ma?" LOL
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#1193604 - 11/19/11 06:54 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
glider_mom84 Offline
Joey Member

Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 114
Loc: Engelwood Flordia
i'll try that what type of yogurt can i use? i really dont want to give him anything that isnt good for him. also how many times can i do this? i really want to get over my fear of him bitting me

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#1193606 - 11/19/11 07:00 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
Sugaree Offline
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Registered: 04/08/11
Posts: 250
Loc: Selangor, MY
make sure the yogurt is low fat and you are good to go. Mine love strawberry yogurt and tropical fruits. And yes i agree, dont make him feel that u are afraid of him smile
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#1193608 - 11/19/11 07:12 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
glider_mom84 Offline
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Registered: 11/14/11
Posts: 114
Loc: Engelwood Flordia
i will try my best but i have seen some of the bitting topics on here that some have had blood drawn i think that is what is really scaring me

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#1193623 - 11/19/11 09:38 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
Incerta Offline
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Registered: 12/15/07
Posts: 1092
Loc: Naperville, IL, USA
I was really scared of my first glider when I got her, too! After having hamsters for so long, I guess I developed a bit of a phobia of getting bitten. Because when they bite, they BITE!

But then once she did bite me, I realized it was a piece of cake! It's usually just a light testing nip, like when someone pinches you.

If you take things at his pace and just rest your hand in the cage for him to smell, he might nip a little to see what you are, but I think it's pretty rare for them to actually draw blood unless they're mad about something

Does he have a cagemate? That might help keep him from biting you. My rescue girl was a little devil until we adopted her boy toy for her. Her attitude changed within a day!

The actual key to her heart was food. I'd hand feed her yogurt and mealworms. Now she might bite if I accidentally bother her or if she thinks I'm food, but that's about it!
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#1193629 - 11/19/11 09:50 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
DCMuffin Offline
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Registered: 03/21/10
Posts: 28202
Loc: Washington D.C. Metro Area
Keep in mind that your glider will sense your fear and hesitation of being bitten. They feed off these emotions so your nervousness will make your glider nervous. Use a tweezers for now when you feed treats, at least until you are more confident. This will allow you to enjoy treat time, yet you won't have to have that constant worry of a finger being bitten and will give you more confidence about having more interaction.
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#1193803 - 11/19/11 04:37 PM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
suggiemom1980 Offline
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Registered: 03/05/07
Posts: 13744
Loc: Vincennes, IN, USA
Your glider will let you know when he's going to bite. Watch for the signs and pull your hand back. I've had rescue gliders slowly come towards my hands, ears back, body low to the ground and their mouths slowly opening. That's how they let me know they're going to bites, so I move my hand back.

Gliders have a fight or flight instinct. If they can't run away and hide, they're going to fight, which means crabbing, lunging and biting, in that order. The last thing they want to do is fight.

I agree with Aimee about using tweezers to help you overcome your fear. One day soon, you'll be able to lay your hand in the cage with a treat in your palm and the next thing you know, you'll have a suggie sitting in your hand, happily eating.
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#1193823 - 11/19/11 05:02 PM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
midnight Offline
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Registered: 06/23/11
Posts: 365
Loc: Highland NY
ive been bitten and it really doesnt hurt. In my experience, they will eventually stop biting because mine rarely do now. using a straw or a hard spoon to feed licky treats will definately help.
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#1193833 - 11/19/11 06:05 PM Re: need help please [Re: midnight]
sitkasmom Offline
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Registered: 09/27/11
Posts: 3039
Loc: Finally in the Mountains!
make sure the yogurt doesnt have that aspertame stuff in it... I dont like the taste of the aspertame.

I found some yogurt for toddlers at my grocery.. one is sweet potato vanilla (I think) Nanuk likes that one..

He also LOVES Blueberry Yogurt...

The biting isnt all that bad, its more like a pinch. When he does that back off a couple of inches, wait for him to calm down and try again..

Gliders feed off of emotions like other animals. They can tell when you are upset, or not yourself. It will make them uneasy...

Take your time, take it slow... You BOTH have to trust each other for a relationship to form smile
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Two Boys
Sitka,
Pudge

Monkeys:
Nanuk, Dayz & Elfie
MudBug & Tista
Teemo & Rune (Cyndra gangel )
Lils, Razz & Nut


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#1193978 - 11/20/11 08:39 AM Re: need help please [Re: glider_mom84]
yiyo Offline
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Registered: 06/08/11
Posts: 7560
Loc: Long Island, NY
I want to add also - please remember that he's SOOOO scared. He's just trying to defend himself. Be patient, take the advice above and don't push him wink
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