Bonding Do's & Dont's Suggestions
Bonding Do’s and Don’ts
Do go at your gliders speed, don’t push them. The bond will be
that much stronger if you allow to come around in their own time.
Do talk to them. If you spend time watching and talking
to them while they are in the cage, you will notice they will pay attention.
They won’t sit, stay or roll over but they will acknowledge you!
Do reward good behavior with a treat.
Do be patient. Trust and good strong bonds do not happen overnight.
Do play with your gliders. Allow 2-3 hours a night for out of cage play time.
Do enjoy the time you spend with your gliders.
If it’s a chore, then gliders are not a good choice for you.
Don’t punish your gliders! Even if it bites you, hard! Never hit them!
By shouting, swiping or hitting them, flicking them or anything that is negative,
you are destroying all the hard work you have done to gain their trust.
Do not rush at any stage! Remember to go at their pace.
Don’t be afraid to go back a step. If, for whatever reason, things go wrong, back to square one.
Don’t chase your gliders. If playtime is in a tent, it will be easier to catch
them and put them back in their cage rather than running loose in a room.
Butterfly nets for girls beds and or the netting for chairs are a great investment.
Buying a Bonding Bag, Bra Bag, Bonding Tshirt or Jacket, or even Bra Carrying them are great accessories to have and aide in the process.
Do sleep with fleece squares for awhile and then place these in their sleeping bags or in the bonding bags as blankies for them. This ensures they are smelling you while sleeping and it will become a secure smell to them. I still do this even after my gliders are bonded they love them.
Do read, sing or talk to them.
Do carry them in a bonding, bra pouch or shirts while they sleep. This will get them used to your voice, scent and movements.
Do let them get used to you and the new environment for a few days before you start the bonding process unless you’ve been bonding at the breeders while they grew.
After the first few days, you can offer them “licky” treats such as honey, applesauce or yogurt on your finger. or yogurt drops or any other form of treat you choose given by your hand.
Once they come to you for a treat you can try placing your hand palm side down in the cage and let them come to you. Be sure you are in a glider proofed room as they may very well climb up your arm or out of the cage.