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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-21-2008, 05:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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Flemish Giant | bonding | digging?

I was lying on my side, spending some
quality time bonding with my female,
spayed, Flemish Giant this weekend.
We sometimes call her the b-word--she
can get really nasty with her biting.
However, she was not the b-word today.

She's spayed, and about 8 months old.
We've been trying to get her to bond with
a 6 month old, fixed male, also a Flemish
Giant. They have not bonded after about
1.5 months. I know I may have a long time
ahead of me before that bond establishes
itself. That's not the reason for this post--
see below.

Her head was pointed toward my face,
and she was paying attention to me.

  • I stroked her on her nose for a
    few minutes.
  • I stroked the sides of her
    mouth--both sides--for a few
    minutes.
  • I ran my hand over the length of
    her body, for a few minutes.
  • I ran my fingers in the space
    between the ears and the neck
    for a few minutes.
  • Yes, she seemed to like it.

Good signs I'm making progress:

  • She started grooming the hair on
    my head.
  • She gave me one or two barely
    noticeable nips on my arm.
  • She licked my elbow.
  • She licked my nose.
Here's what I'm unsure of.

After about 10-12 minutes of petting her,
she came to me, and started pawing on
my chest and arm for 5-10 seconds, sort
of like a rabbit might do if digging in a litter
box or digging outside. I can't make heads
or tails on the good-or-the-bad of the behavior.

Should I dig back at her or on her? LOL

Should I allow it to continue?

Should I make a loud noise to scare her
and stop it?

Anyone? Beuhler? Anyone? Anyone? :-)

Thanks in advance,

Doug Parker
Orlando FL
USA
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 07:02 AM
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It sounds to me like she could just be trying to get your attention. What does she do if you pet her when she does that to you? I use to have a rabbit who would do things like gently bite, push himself against me, and dig against me when he wanted me to pet him.

Good luck with the bonding. I know it can be rough but it's definatly worth it in the end!


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post #3 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-22-2008, 10:50 AM
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Flash does this too, but he doesn't "dig" in my skin, only my clothing. He likes digging in loose cloth of any sort, just as a way to play, and when he sees a loose piece of shirt hanging away from my body, he'll dig in it the same way he digs in the towel in his cage. I suspect she's just playing.

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-24-2008, 07:00 PM
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Teddy will run up to me and "dig" at my pant leg. I think he just wants my attention.

mommy to
Tyler - kitty
Oscar - water turtle
Bean - kitty
Frankie - dachshund
Belle - dachshund
Oliver - bunny
Ophelia - bunny
Penelope - bunny
Teddy - bunny -ok I have given up on 4 of a kind and am willing to settle for 2 pairs.
8 fishes - RIP Little Guy and Greta
and Tabatha - October 11, 2006 - rest in peace our sweet angel bunny
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Oh and the licking is a good thing - she is grooming you! Teddy is my only bunny that gives me kisses. If I give him kisses on his head and cheeks sometimes he will give me kisses on the nose - Bunner kisses always make my day!
I heard it can take months for the hormones to completely go away. Give her a little time. She could just be a little feisty. My Penelope is still feisty with the other buns.

mommy to
Tyler - kitty
Oscar - water turtle
Bean - kitty
Frankie - dachshund
Belle - dachshund
Oliver - bunny
Ophelia - bunny
Penelope - bunny
Teddy - bunny -ok I have given up on 4 of a kind and am willing to settle for 2 pairs.
8 fishes - RIP Little Guy and Greta
and Tabatha - October 11, 2006 - rest in peace our sweet angel bunny

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