|The bonding method we found to work at
our glidery is as follows:
Young joeys are handled
for at least 30 minutes 3-4 times a day once their eyes are
opened. This teaches the babies that being handled by large
giants (you and I) is ok.
Another great tool is to have sweet mom and dad with
great personalities. Since the parents are not afraid of us,
the babies have nothing to be afraid of either.
now and then you get a rebellious youngster. These
take some more work. Bonding pouches used for a few
hours a day can help. Another useful bonding technique is to wear a
t-shirt with a long sleeve button up
t-shirt over it. You will place the glider on the inside of the
long-sleeved shirt. Make sure to tie or tuck in the bottom
of the shirt so the glider can not escape. Just walk around
the house doing regular chores and speaking softly to the
glider. A great trusting game you can play with your
gliders is to offer licky treats several times a day,
everyday on a set schedule.
Yogurt, applesauce, and even tapioca pudding works well.
For gliders we rescue, tapioca pudding works the best.
Tapioca has little pieces that cause the glider to stop
being aggressive to eat what is in their mouths. We have not
found a glider of any age that we could not tame down.
Please do not over feed this licky treat, remember it is a
treat not food supply. The best advice offered is to
be gentle, consist in everything you do, patient, and
loving. If by chance you have a biting/aggressive
glider use the tapioca trick. Do not pull
away if the glider bites. They will try to tame you
with their routine. Remember if you allow your glider
to train you they will do so. It has always been who will break whom in first.
Some gliders bond fast some just need time to adjust.
The rebellious glider just needs allot of TLC and
patience. These little guys can sense your feelings. Do
not get too worried if the glider takes more time to bond-
just know in the end they will be the best they can be, and
be your best buddy. Moving slowly around the glider works well
will not get jumpy if you do not get jumpy. Licky treats
for bonding purposes work well. Rub a paper towel on your
face and neck and include it in the pouch. This will
give them your scent. Just remember that
time is what it is all about. You must remember the
little joey is experiencing a new home,
new smells, no more mom or dad, and lots of new noises. Key
to it all is as followed: Slow, Time, Patience, and extra
DO NOT CHASE YOUR GLIDER AROUND THE CAGE!!! THIS WILL
PUT FEAR INTO YOUR GLIDER AND IT WILL BE EVEN HARDER TO
BREAK THAT FEAR. Wait till the glider is in his/her
pouch and take the whole pouch out of the cage. Try not to
force the bonding. Time is what you and your glider need.
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