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#1387116 - 02/25/15 11:13 AM new noises and attitude
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Registered: 02/25/15
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Loc: arizona
We have a glider and he is very moody. He dont want anyone to hold him and he gets angry all the time. We try to spend a lot of time with him but he always runs off and hides as quick as he can. How can I help get him to be more personable or happy?

Also he started making some new noises today and im not sure what they mean, any help here would be appreciated as well.

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#1387119 - 02/25/15 12:11 PM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: adam]
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Check out this link. It may help you figure out what is going on wink
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#1387120 - 02/25/15 01:41 PM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: adam]
adam Offline
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None of those sound like what he's doing. He sounds like he's either in pain or he's upset I.e. depressed or lonely.

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#1387122 - 02/25/15 01:46 PM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: adam]
Kris_N_Zoe Offline
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Registered: 08/25/14
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Loc: Longview, Texas
Can you give a phonic description of the sound he's making and when he's doing it? Like is he hissing from straining to potty?
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#1387124 - 02/25/15 02:12 PM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: adam]
adam Offline
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You know he did take a big poo just a lil bit ago.

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#1387126 - 02/25/15 02:37 PM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: adam]
Kris_N_Zoe Offline
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Registered: 08/25/14
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Loc: Longview, Texas
If it was hard and/or dry he was probably straining. A little bit of canned PURE pumpkin can help with that.
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#1387128 - 02/25/15 03:35 PM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: adam]
Terry Offline
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Registered: 04/29/12
Posts: 4833
Loc: Maryland
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Glad you found your way here!

After you determine the sound he makes and can work on remedying that issue, here are some tips for building trust with your little guy, also know as the "bonding process"

In one of your posts you mention he may be lonely, I'm thinking that means he's a single guy. One thing I strongly suggest you consider is getting a glider buddy for him. I'm not sure where you acquired him from, but if through a breeder, check to see if there is another available. When getting another, you will have a double expense, something avoided when you get two already together, but it's worth it in the long run. You will need to do a thirty-day quarantine and have two fecals ran on the new one, once at the beginning and a second at the end of thirty days to be sure he's not carrying any parasites and such, you don't want to contaminate your other glider.

Al-rightly then, a biggie suggestion out of the way. Now onto what you can do to build a relationship with this little guy.

1) Get him acquainted with your scent(s). You and anyone else that wants to be a part of this guys life will need to let him get used to your scent. A very effective way is to surround him with your combined scents. If you share a laundry hamper, place pieces of fleece in with your worn clothing for a day and overnight. Pieces of fleece ranging in size from square or rectangle blankets 4" x 4" and larger, to a large section you may want to drape over the cage or bunch or fold and leave in a corner of the cage. For the smaller pieces you can also tuck them in you clothes you're wearing for a few hours or a whole day if you can. I rolled any fleece I was using in our bedding I removed when changing bed sheets, prior to laundering them, and left them for a few days. The smaller scented pieces of fleece can be stored in zip-lock bags for holding scent and used throughout the week. Tuck the smaller pieces into his sleeping pouch or whatever bedding you use for him.

2) Simple, spend time with him. I'm not sure how long you've had him, but usually there is a "acclimation" period of a couple of days, to let him get adjusted to his new space, items, and the surroundings, sounds and such. At this time you would just handle the basic needs, but while doing so speak softly or sing if you like, use slow movements when he's out and about the cage, quick movements can startle them.

As a couple of days pass, you can spend more time at the cage "cage visits" This time is spent talking or singing (if you like) and offering treats. You can start putting your hand into the cage slowly, while talking softly and try offering him a treat by hand. If he gets defensive, crabs, lunges, tries to bite, back off and offer through cage bars for a while first. If he runs away scared, you can either sit there with your hand in the same place for a while, or pull your hand out of cage and sit and visit for a bit longer.

Day-time: Is pouch time. You can try bonding pouches, but if you find he's not willing right off, try just holding the pouch he sleeps in, with him inside. Just remove the pouch, slowly and gently, you can speak soft to him as well at this time, so he recognizes it's your voice. Have treats easily accessible ahead of time, and just sit holding the pouch. You can rub it gently as you softly speak or sing, or you can just sit quiet for a bit. Softly caress, gentle squeezes through the pouch. If his head pops out, offer him a treat and say hello.

After doing this for a bit of time (your discretion, but slow down if he's defensive). You can begin placing your hand "fist form" into the pouch and rub on him, then begin to gently cup him from underneath, just hold him, but eventually he may get used to this enough you will be able to remove him from the pouch this way.

Night-time: Is fun time. This is where the interaction really begins and is the most amusing. Use a screened tent or glider-proof a bathroom or small room, make sure it's secure and safe for him. Use a night light or colored light bulb so you can see him, but not disrupt his playtime. Let him free roam, climb all over you and explore his surrounding. Then after a couple of times, you can bring in toys for him if you feel it's necessary (when I used bathroom time, my personal favorite, I didn't usually need toys as there was a lot for them to climb and explore, but I did bring some in occasionally. For tent time, toys are needed). This can be done at anytime he is active from late evening through early morning, I prefer early morning, easier to get them back into their cage and a little less mess to clean).

I hope this was helpful. Please read as much as you can on bonding and Relations and ask any questions you have.
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#1387229 - 02/28/15 11:04 AM Re: new noises and attitude [Re: Terry]
Mumzi Offline
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Registered: 02/21/15
Posts: 21
Loc: Kentucky
Wonderful advice, you answered some of my questions, thank you!
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