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How can I get my gliders to bond with me?
How can I get my gliders to bond with me?
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Sep 06 2018
06:57:37 PM
So I bought my gliders from a lady that didn't have time to socialize them. They turned two in August and I have been working with them for abiut 8 months. Unfortunately I got them before I started working a night shift so I didn't get to play with them as often as I planned but I would sleep with them against me in a bonding pouch. Then I got a pet tent that I have been playing with them in for a month now. I sit in there with them and give them treats and talk to them and they will climb on my clothes and I can pet them if they are eating treats but they still aren't very friendly with me. I've been trying to give them things that smell like me so they will become accustomed to me. What else do I need to try to get them to the point they will willingly let me pick them up and hold them and carry them around? It just seems like such a slow process and I know they were older when I got them and I had a slow start but I just feel like I'm at a stopping point with progression now
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Sep 06 2018
08:55:02 PM
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I would start trying to "push" the gliders some.
One thing I would do is put my arm down and put the treats over my arm. forcing
them to step on my arm to get the treat. I would make the next step after that to make them climb on my arm to get to the treat. In the past once I get them on my arm I move away from cage so they are force to eat the treats on my arm as they are to far away to get back in cage.

also, picking up a glider with a one hand grab, I feel, simulates everything that is scary to them, coming over their heads from up top like a predator, squeezing them to get a hold of them. I would start with a two handed scoop. put both hands around them, then come in till they have to try to jump over your hands, and then you pick them up faster then they jump.

Alot can depend on were their biting is at. At start we have gliders that bite hard, draw blood, so we don't pick these guys up. then we have some of our gliders that may give you a small nip to me this is just a "i'm not happy with this picking up so I'm letting you know I don't like it." this usually isnt a big bite and I would just pick them up anyway if I need to. then we have some that don't bite, even if picked up and not happy about it.

If your gliders aren't biting hard, start picking or scooping them up and putting them on you. If they leave you, then wait awhile and scoop them up again.

another thing I do with scarface, she's not so happy with humans, is just put my hand near her, don't pet her, just try to have her not run away to eat her treat and me have my hand next to her. let her think my hand is just a safe thing not to be feared.
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Sep 07 2018
01:07:47 AM
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one of my wife's favorite is to pull out sleeping pouch, during the daytime and put her hand in it, letting the gliders sleep with her hand and scent, for about 1 hour. Once the gliders stopped biting she would put him in her shirt and let him sleep as a bra baby.

Edited by - BYK_Chainsaw on Sep 07 2018 01:08:20 AM
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Sep 08 2018
07:09:50 AM
jinglebells0518 Joey 19 Posts
Thank you! I will try all those out. They don't really bite anymore aside from if I put my hand in their pouch with no warning and they don't bark at me as much. Just a slow process!
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How can I get my gliders to bond with me?

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How can I get my gliders to bond with me?