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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-22-2004, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
 
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My gliders are only about 3-4 months old, and I got both of them from a guy who was going to give them to an animal shelter if no one wanted them (I did!!) so before they came to me, they weren't handled at all.

Now, we let them out of their cage to roam around about 2-3 hours a night (you can see the cage we built for them here: http://pets.stephaniedavies.com/csp/glidercage.jpg )
and they love to roam around, and will come up to you, but then shy away. We have a male and a female (we think lol) and the male is definately more shy than the girl...whenever we get close to the male, he will crab loudly at us. The girl will come to us without crabbing, but only if we offer her a treat.

We want to bond with them, but we *really* don't want to force the issue...we would rather let them come to us when they are ready to. But its starting to look like they won't ever be ready to. We've had them for a month now, and it doesn't seem like they are bonding any better with us.

Is there a better way to go about this? A lot of sites say to carry them in your shirt pocket all day, however, these guys won't even let us pick them up to put them in our shirt pocket... we don't know what else to do... any advice is appreciated!

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-23-2004, 10:13 AM
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Do you have a small pup tent? They make a nice play/bonding area for night time. You can take some toys in there, e.g feathers, cat teasers etc and interact and play with them.

For daytime I would suggest buying a bonding pouch that you can hang round your neck. You can also lay a t-shirt that you have worn (so it has your smell on it) over the top of their cage.

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-24-2004, 06:15 AM
 
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Catherine couldn't have given you better advice.. i have the junior dome tent from walmart (it's always less than $20) and it is the best bonding too ever.. all my new owners are required to have "tent time" with their new joeys at least once before they go home with them.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-26-2004, 08:42 PM Thread Starter
 
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Thank you for the wonderful advice!!! We don't have a tent yet, but we will be getting one soon now! Thank you so much!
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How is the bonding going?
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-09-2004, 11:54 AM
 
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The easier way to bond with your gliders is to do it when they are sleeping. be sure to have clean hands, and gently remove one from their sleeping quarters and place it in your shirt pocket. They need to be in the pocket for warmth and to recognize your scent. Most of the time the glider will go back to sleep. Talk to your gliders so they can recognize your voice at all times. Gliders are not smart enough to initiate human interaction, so the role is left to you. Holding your glider gently but securely- start with the female- petting it and talking to it, is the best way to get started. It's important to remember to not make loud noises, sudden movements, place the glider close to the floor, or jerk away when/if they bite. I have 8 gliders, and the only way I was able to make them tame was to work with them, handle them- got lots of crabbing in the beginning- and talk to them. They are like little best friends if you are successful at your endeavor.
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