i recommend talking to bourbon... she has some AMAZING trust and bonding techniques!!!
..and if you're using closed pouches, i can tell you firsthand the difference using one of bourbon's open faced pouches makes! dunno if you've already bought pouches or not, but it's something you should talk to bourbon about...
ASK HER ABOUT THE KING KONG STORY!
i've had my quad for about a month now. 2 to 3 of them didn't want to come out of the cage to me the 2nd night. 1 has and forever will be my cuddleslut. 2 have taken only a few weeks to go from running to the corners of the cage to actively jumping from the cage onto me to my playtime shirt when i come home to feed them!!! (tonight was SO AWESOME!!)
after the first week, i was able to clip everyone's nails fairly hassle free.
...and the gnarliest one of them all!?? the one that would bite if i even came close to the pouch and her... she'll let me pick her up off my shirt and put her in the cage now if she's not riled. she'll still nip, but it's more of an unsure warning... she's changing by leaps and bounds.
all thanks to bourbon.
lol... didn't mean to turn that into paragraphs of bourbon praise, but the topic moved me to express the joy the gliders i rescued have brought to me.
.... i guess i read the bit about tent time. i have yet to try tent time, but i can walk around my apartment with all 4 of my gliders (jack and diane, and ren and stimpy) and as long as i pay attention to them i don't have to worry about them going astray. who needs a tent, i ask?
don't worry about bonding. relax. let them show you what they are ok with. learn their personalities. always reward positive behaviour, and something bourbon showed me was a kind of chittering hiss (apparently it's something the parents do with the joeys to tell them they are doing something bad) works really well for stopping them from doing something you don't want them to... like nipping/biting mostly.
i've had my babies (i say babies, but there's a mix of a unknown age, probably 4 or 5 years old, to one that was born from a pair in the group; i have a rescue'd quad) for about a month now, and what i think of every day is... what's next? but, it's not that i don't know what to do next... it's that they continually amaze me with how smart they are, and how much i can tell they want
to trust me even though they don't behave that way all the time.
i guess after reading the full thread here again, it popped into my head that i wanted to express that for me, it's been so enjoyable just to take the relationship as it was for what it was... then all the improvements and progress just seems so much more amazing to me!