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Bonding

 

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Sugar Glider sleeping in my hand

The bonding experience with our gliders are very special and unlike any other relationship. To me it is more of a trust relationship. When you can say I fully trust my glider, and my glider trusts me, you are bonded. This process never ends, it continues to grow for the rest of your years together.

 

 

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I always say that throughout our bonding experience we should remember to take baby steps, show love and respect, be confident in everything we do, have routine and consistency, show patience and listen to reach our goal of trust and be a safe place for our gliders.

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By taking baby steps, you will not move to the next step of your relationship with your glider without your glider being ready to move on. Although we have to guide them throughout this process, we let them take the lead and let us know when they are ready for more.

Animals can sense fear. If you show any sign of fear and anxiety, your sugar gliders will accordingly feel senses of fear or anxiety as well.

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I play soft music 24 hours a day 7 days a week, I believe that soothing music plays a big part in the calmness in both you and your sugar glider.

Gliders will crab whenever they are afraid. At first when you bring them home is when your trust relationship starts. This is the time when you want to show your new baby that he will be safe with you and everything will be alright. Every second from there on counts as bonding. Let them get used to their environment first, sit back talk or sing to them. Most importantly, learn their body language and get to know them. Don't rush anything.

If you can understand how they think and feel, what makes them afraid, and respect that, you will have the most fulfilling relationship.

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After a few days you can remove their pouch from the cage during the day while they are sleeping. If you hear a crab or two, it's alright, they will crab to anything that is unknown to them or make them feel insecure. I personally slide the pouch inside my shirt in the beginning, this way the new glider can get accustomed to your motions, voice and scent.

As soon as they are comfortable with being in the pouch in your shirt, you can start to pet then gently from the outside of the pouch and speak to them in soothing voice. I drop a piece of apple into the bonding pouch to prevent dehydration. As they get used to and accepting you petting them through the pouch, you can gently slide your hand in the bonding pouch and start to pet them.



Gliders bond by scent and by leaving pieces of fleece with your scent on them in their pouch, will help with the bonding process.

The more time you can spend with your glider, the closer your bond will be. This includes daytime when they are in a pouch asleep on you.

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In order to gain their trust, we have to let them explore us, and get curious about us. We often times want them to do what we want, they must come to you, and you must have no expectations of them. This is where tent time or bathroom time, or glider playroom time comes in handy. We allow them to explore us on their own. If you just sit there minding your own business, they WILL get curious about you, wanting to explore you and learn that being on you is actually a happy and safe place.

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Remember one thing, our gliders does not anticipate bonding time of tomorrow, but we do. They live in the moment, "what is going to happen NOW". If we can learn this from them and only live in the moment, show them we love them NOW, show them we won't hurt them NOW, show them they are safe with us NOW, we'd be accomplishing so much more NOW.

In the case of adopting a rescue with insecurities, trauma, neglect or abuse, it is very important to find your baby's insecurities. Respect and avoid the insecurities at first, then gradually work your way to those insecurities to show them they can trust you with whatever scares them most.

Don't EVER get discouraged. Some gliders bond instantly, others may take a while.

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It is natural to jerk away when you get bitten. We've had to deal with rescues that were very scared and trust me, those teethers can draw some blood. You don't have to take the bite, many people suggest that you should just take the bite and show them it does not bother you. I don't like to get bitten, so I don't hold my hands for rescues to bite. This is why you need to take some time to just sit and watch your new glider to learn all you can about them. Watch for body language that goes with the bite, this way you can prevent it. What you want to do is go back to whatever you were doing before the bite. Another thing you can try is to distract them with a toy like a feather whenever they bite or you can make a sharp "Tssst" sound when they bite to let them know you don't like the biting. Gliders make this "Tssst" noise to let each other know that they are annoyed.

Another key to their heart is to find something that they absolutely LOVE, like a favorite treat. This helps a lot with interaction and trust. Whenever they are showing progress, anything from being calm to exploring you, you give them a favorite treat. Only use this treat while interacting, for nothing else.

Be calm and confident when approaching new sugar gliders. If you are determined and understanding combined with patience, any sugar glider young or old can be bonded.

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