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Bonding With Your Sugar Glider

Bonding with your Sugar Glider is an important part of establishing a relationship with him/her. It is easier to bond when they are young but can be done with grown gliders as well.

Handle young joeys for at least 30 minutes 3-4 times a day (once their eyes are opened).

Adult gliders can take some time to bond with their new owners. Bonding pouches used for a few hours a day can help. You can view a selection of bonding pouches in our 'Bonding Pouch Department'. 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 treats several times a day, everyday on a set schedule. The best advice offered is to be gentle andconsistent in everything you do, be patient and loving. If by chance you have a biting/aggressive glider use the treat 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.

A rebellious glider just needs alot 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 also. They will not get jumpy if you do not get jumpy. 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.

To remove your glider from its cage, 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. Do not chase your glider around the cage, this will make it harder to bond and create a relationship with your new pet.

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Please Note: Exotic Nutrition is not in a position to provide specific health and care guidelines on an individual basis. Please visit our animal info tabs or consider purchasing a care guide book for additional information. If you have a health or pet emergency issue, please notify your veterinarian or a specialized technician. 


Looking for more information on Sugar Gliders? Browse our archive of articles:

Recommendations for Sugar Glider Foods & Basic Feeding Guide

Adding Another Glider to Your Household
Are Gliders Legal in My State?
Cage Finishes
Bonding With Your Sugar Glider
Common Nutritional Problems of Sugar Gliders
Dirty Secrets About Gliders' Food
Enriching Gliders' Lives
Exotic Nutrition Foods for Sugar Gliders
Feeding Baby Gliders
Feeding Mealworms to Gliders
Glider Health Issues
Healthy Treats and Chews
HPW (High Protein) Diet for Sugar Gliders
Introducing New Foods to Gliders
Odor Control
Proper Feeding of Gliders
Sugar Glider FAQs
Suggested Cage Requirements
Tips on Breeding Gliders
Veterinarian Database - Find a vet to care for your Sugar Glider
What to Feed Adult Sugar Gliders
Where Can I Get a Glider?
Why Toys are Important for Gliders


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