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#1407480 - 02/24/17 01:22 PM Bonding Question
Mema Offline
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Registered: 02/10/14
Posts: 67
Loc: Wisconsin
I have two sugars right now and am getting two more in a week or so. I have been visiting them weekly so that they get use to my smell and hands. The breeder is going to be introducing them to each other and also let me borrow the temp cage they will be in when they come home to me. One of the babies is still very crabby but the other is as sweet as can be. My question is how many of you suggest leaving them alone to get use to their new surrounding for at least 24 hours OR i just read where some don't do that. They feel that they bond better and are less afraid if you handle them right away especially if the cage, pouch etc is all new to them. Her idea is that they are already afraid with the new surroundings and that by holding them they are actually going to feel more safe in the end in your hands. She said she holds them right away, lets them crab while holding them and that by the time she gets home with them they don't crab anymore. The other two gliders i have are bonded to me but not the way i want them to be. I want to be able to at least pet them and have them stay on me so i am trying to do a "better job" this time. Thank you

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#1407482 - 02/24/17 03:31 PM Re: Bonding Question [Re: Mema]
Philwojo Offline
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Registered: 04/14/15
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I would suggest reading the items in the area if you click on the word in blue (bond) and checking those things out.

Here is one from there:
http://www.glidercentral.net/ubbthreads/ubbthreads.php/topics/660588/Into_the_Bonding_Pit#Post660588

I personally am of the opinion you should not interact with them when you first bring them in, or at least limit it. They are scared and in a new place with new smells and sounds. A giant hand or person won't be very friendly for them and it could limit or hinder the bonding process. Let them settle down before diving in.

There is an article I can't find right now that talks about this really well, I'm hoping someone else can post a link to that.

Also, don't expect any glider to just sit on you and let you pet and/or hold it. It can happen but I wouldn't say it is going to happen in all cases. Again, maybe just my opinion, but that is my limited experience at least.

I'm sure others will have more to add as well.

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#1407487 - 02/24/17 06:04 PM Re: Bonding Question [Re: Mema]
Hutch Offline
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Registered: 11/10/15
Posts: 744
Loc: Heinsberg, Germany
With my four, I ended up not waiting... largely due to that was the only way I could check them after thier long journey to me. I figured since I already handled them quite a bit to check them out, might as well start the bonding progress. I ended up with some issues after a 'honeymoon period' (several weeks) that made be believe I needed to step back & allow them to normalize before continuing. It worked & we were able to continue our journey together much smoother.

In other words, I would advise at least a day or two to lets them get use to the new sights & sounds of your home. Don't ignore them by any means; walk by, talk to them, just give let them realize their new home is safe. That said, if you're already started the bonding, maybe just give them a day to get over the change.
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