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Aug 17 2015
03:10:58 PM
THEY HAVE ARRIVED!

I just got my gliders a couple of days ago and I am so excited. They are brother and sister, and I (think I) named them Howl (WFB) and Sophie (WF) (based on a movie my cousins and I loved to watch together when we were younger). They move so fast my camera hasn't been able to get any good pictures of them, otherwise I would post pics:). They will be 4 months in September, late August, and Howl already has an appointment for his neuter set.

Anyway, the first night or so they wouldn't eat much or play in the cage at night, which is to be expected, but last night they were very active and interacted with my roommate and I through the bars of the cage. I was wondering what were your thoughts on possibly starting the bonding process today? I've completely left them alone until last night. I just made sure to put the little me-scented blankets and shirts in and on the cage, refreshed every day, and given them their food and water, for the past couple of days. Last night, I was going to leave them alone also, but they were especially active and following my activity around the room. So, curious, I went toward the cage and they were following me through the bars. They allowed me to feed them yogies through the bars and ate most of their food. They did not crab or give off any body language that seemed scared; just very curious. Do you think I should start taking them out now to begin bonding? Or should I wait a little longer? What do you suggest I start with first? Bathroom time or bonding pouch? Just dump bonding tips on me; info dumps help me relax about the subject and I need it. I am so nervous for messing up the bonding or working too soon or, really, anything that could hurt the gliders or their tentative trust in me. When I have dealt with them nearby though, I have made sure that I am steady and calm. Skittish owner=skittish animals, I find. I also do not have a fear of them biting me. They have bitten a couple of times through the bars (I still had tomato guts on my fingers like a dummy; I was just so excited they came out of the pouch.), and I have just held still until they let go. None of them were 'serious-business' bites.

Its so strange; you can do so much research on something, but once it actually happens, your mind goes blank!

Thank you for any help or advice you can give!
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Aug 17 2015
03:21:50 PM
Vicki2015 Glider Visit Vicki2015's Photo Album 68 Posts
It's really up to you on how you want to bond, you could start with them in the bonding pouch during the day. If you can you could try to hold them in your hands (works best when they're tired). You could try bathroom time as well! Whatever you feel most comfortable with, just take things slow. Congrats on getting them!
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Aug 17 2015
04:22:29 PM
krossia Glider FL, USA 50 Posts
Thank you for responding! And thank you for the congrats!!:)

How do you suggest I get them in the bonding pouch? I don't want to scare them by just grabbing then and relocating them...
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Aug 17 2015
04:28:13 PM
Vicki2015 Glider Visit Vicki2015's Photo Album 68 Posts
I've seen a video where you take a the pouch and fold it backwards (for both the bonding pouch and the pouch your getting them out of) and in the bonding pouch you can put a fleece with a fimiliar scent or treats inside and you put both pouches up to each other and try to get them to go in the bonding pouch. I don't know if this will work but it's worth a try (I can get you the video if you want)
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Aug 17 2015
06:41:32 PM
jdching Face Hugger 807 Posts
You might try taking the whole pouch out during the day and just holding it close while you watch tv or something. I do that with mine, just give them a yoggie and then hold the pouch closed until they go back to sleep.
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