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#34885 - 01/26/05 12:11 AM Too soon for tent time?

Hi, my name is Sommer and I just got my glider, Oscar, named after the grouch of course <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wink.gif" alt="" />, about a week and a half ago. I've been bringing him with me to work daily, so he spends about 5-8 hours with me in his bonding pouch.

Here is where we are in the bonding process... he crabs at me anytime I stick my hand in his pouch, unless he's dead-to-the-world asleep. He will accept licky treats and that generally shuts the crabbing up temporarily. I started trying tent time with him about 3 days after I got him. We would go in the tent around 10:30 or 11:00 pm. The first few times we did this, he was petrofied, so tent time didn't last all too long. I laid off the tent time for a few days because I thought it might be too traumatizing for him when I had to get him back in the pouch. I kind of had to force him into it, and he was none too thrilled.

We tried tent time again tonight and it went much better. He explored a lot more, instead of just cowering in the corner like he had done before. He came a bit closer to me this time to get the licky treats, but won't come all the way to me. He avoids me the whole time we're in the tent, if possible. I usually sit in the middle and then he will stick to the outside edges of the tent. My question is, is it a little too soon for us to be doing tent time? Should we be more bonded first? I know they're supposed to see you as their safe place and it concerns me that he wants to have nothing to do with me. Any suggestions would be great. Thanks. <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

#34886 - 01/26/05 01:07 AM Re: Too soon for tent time? [Re: ]
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Registered: 12/19/04
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its always best to go at their own pace. i think you should sit by their cage and offer licky treats and talk to them or read them a story. maybe when they are used to your scent a bit more and come to your hand for the licky treats in the cage, it will be time for tent time. someone who knows a definate answer will come along im sure. good luck to you
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#34887 - 01/26/05 02:31 AM Re: Too soon for tent time? [Re: ]
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Registered: 09/10/04
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Hi <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/wave.gif" alt="" /> Welcome to GC and congrats on your new baby!

Perhaps you can go in the tent with a book to read outloud to him. It will give you something to do and it will let him get used to your voice at the same time. Let him go at his pace. Have treats at the ready for when he does come to you. Also, what time of the day are you trying tent time?
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#34888 - 01/26/05 02:56 AM Re: Too soon for tent time? [Re: ]
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Registered: 11/15/02
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Welcome to Glider central and congrats on your new baby...
In a realtionship with the man i am going to marry I am in Cuero Texas with 3 kids. I am the mother of 4 kids and the soon to be step mother of 5 more. I have only one set of gliders.
My kids are
Sandra 16,Alex 12, Juanita 7 and Kathy 4
Whitney 13, Taylor 11, Charity 9 Brent 10 and Austin 5

#34889 - 01/26/05 09:07 AM Re: Too soon for tent time? [Re: ]

I found that the noise the tent made when we moved really scared my guys. Try putting down a towel when you are in there. It should lessen the noise and make him feel more comfortable. I agree with everyone else who says to go at the glider's pace. I know you are excited and ready to have a bonded glider but it does take time and hard work.
Congratulations on your new glider Oscar! I hope it all goes well.

#34890 - 01/26/05 11:39 AM Re: Too soon for tent time? [Re: ]

Putting something down while in the tent is a great idea, however, a towel may get caught in their nails. When i go in the tent with my gliders, we put down a sheet to cover the floor. Good luck, and it's never too soon for tent time.

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