Hi! While looking up some information on good ol' Google for help on this issue, I ran across your forums and thought I'd post here as well
My prairie dog is approximately 3-4 years old (not sure exactly LOL) and I've had no problems with his behavior around me at all, except for today ...
The usual routine: I come home from work. Ginger (my prairie dog) yelps as soon as my hand touches the door handle to my bedroom. When I enter he is hanging on the side of his cage, nose poked out, following me around the room monkey-bar style as I put away my work things, anxiously awaiting to be let out to run around and get cuddled and generally be a pd. I call his name, he yelps, I hand him a treat through the bars and let him out. Happy time for a few hours and then he crawls back into his cage to nap and I move on to whatever
Today: I came home from work. Ginger was hanging on the side of his cage, motionless. I called his name, and he began chattering his teeth at me. Okay ... so I figured maybe my dad came into my room and stressed him out (he's a one-person kinda pd). I go over to his cage and start talking to him soothingly which usually calms him down. No go. Now his mouth is open threateningly, little squeaks interspersed with the chattering. The message is clear: BACK OFF.
So I decided to give him some time to cool down and went to play on my PC. His chittering and squeaking is growing louder by the minute. I cough and he lunges at the bars. Figuring the stress was no good for him (and the threatening behavior no good for our relationship) I did the only thing I could think of to give him some solitude: I threw a blanket over his cage. Within minutes, the chattering stopped.
A few hours later, I pulled off the blanket and guess who was happy to see me?
So I let him out and cuddled with him and all that good stuff ... gave him some treats for behaving so well now ... put him back in his cage while I went to the kitchen for a snack for me
When I came back, he was threatening me again! Chattering and squeaking up a storm
No, he is not neutered, but this isn't rut season, is it? I thought that was supposed to happen in autumn - spring, not spring - autumn ...
I spend time with him lots so it's not that he's not used to me anymore
Anyone have any ideas?
I'd hate to think that my fuzzbutt hates me now