well, i've learned a lot from these five parts of success stories about your gliders, and i have to leave my concerns, because i'm not sure if my baby girl is pouch protective or is just still in the stages of earing my trust...this is my first glider, so i'm glad you guys are here to help!!!
i have a white faced/possible lion suggie named lilo, and she's about 10 weeks OOP. this is the beginning of my third week with her, and i'm hitting a brick wall. i love her to death and really want to be able to take her out of the cage and play with her more often, but she's just being so nasty when i go to take her out in her pouch. just her pouch...if she sleeps in this hanging tent that i got with her cage set, there's no problems. she crabs of course, but it's not as bad. but when she's in her tent, i can just put my hand next to it and she gets all up in arms. she crabs, she lunges, she does this squealy crab sound with a lunge...and this is when i don't even have my hand near the hooks by the cage!!! i could just touch the edge of the pouch and she goes bonkers!
i've taken her out of the cage in the tent and she crabs with every step down the stairs and walking to the chair. when i sit down, she gives me the evil eye, crabs, but calms down and just curls up where i have my hand
it's amazing. the other day, she crawled out of the tent and started to explore my house! we got her back in the cage and i immediately emailed her breeder, who recommended tent time. we were able to get her out of the cage successfully in the tent and brought her into the bonding tent, let her come out, and the two of us had such a good time. she crawled up my arms, sniffed at my hair, crawled on my head (it felt like a spider!!!), and leaped around. she got really upset when i tried to take her picture, so i put the camera away...it was so upsetting, she was so cute!!!
but the minute she got flustered when other members of my family peeked near the entrance of the tent, she immediately found a pocket hanging from the edge of the tent and started getting all crabby and lunging at me again. i lured her out with a yogurt drop (her favorites), and tried to block her from access with a fleece blankie tucked in there. no success. about five minutes later she was back in there crabbing up a storm. so i lured her back into her hanging tent and put her back into her cage, figuring that was enough for the day.
i went in this morning to take her out before work, and she was back in her pouch and wouldn't let me get her out!!! this is so frustrating!
is she pouch protective, because from what i've read here, it sure seems like it. she was doing great, and i feel like we're taking steps back because of her attitude in her pouch.
i followed the beginning ideas of bourbon's steps and took everything out she could hide in but her hammock (i can't get a PPP-the website's under construction
) and made the hammmock in a v shape, but i had to leave her pouch in there cause she was still being all snippy. see, if i don't go near her pouch when she's in it, she's fine. the minute i start to touch her pouch, oh the alarms go off. suggie style, of course
so, i'm stuck. officially. i don't know what to do. i want to play with my girl more and take her out in her pouch and not have to rely on this little tent, but to be honest with you...she scares me when she gets all upset!!! she lunges and squealcrabs (that's the only way i can describe it. she does this really high pitched crab and lunges at my fingers...ugh, she's so snobby!!). she even peeks out of her pouch, gives me the dirtiest look and makes her crabbing as personal as she possibly can (actually, when she does that, it kinda makes me giggle...she looks me square in the eye and just lets me know that she's angry!
). but what annoys me the most is that when she calms down, she's wonderfully fine! i just can't touch her in the pouch. she'll take yogurt drops from me, but it's always a lunge-grab-go back into my protective pouch sequence. sometimes it's a lunge-sniff-grab-go back into the pouch, but that's rare
sorry this post was so long, but any advice you guys have is greatly appreciated. thanks so much.