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Sugar Glider taming, and barking?

Category: Sugar Glider Training

Question by Erin: Sugar Glider taming, and barking?
I just bought a little sugar glider about 2 weeks ago. She would crab, and bite me. Now she is coming around, and only crabs when I disturb her sleep which I was told would happen. But I was wondering how I could tame her more, and a lot quicker. She lets me pet her in the cage but when I try to hold her she freaks out. I know it takes some time for that but she is so adorable, and I just want to love her up. I also heard her barking this morning? Which I was told it’s her way of calling me. I bought her a bonding pouch, leash, and sleeping pouch for her cage. Should I just stick to this method until she is more trusting of me. I speak very softly to her, and constantly call her name so she learns it. I would just like some advice from current, or previous sugar glider owners. She is definitely a good pet so far. Also should I buy her a companion now while she is only about 16 weeks old? Thanks in advance, and rude comments should just be kept to yourself!!!!

Best answer:

Answer by Mykaela
Put her in your pouch each day & let her sleep there for a few hours. This should help you two bond. Also, try feeding her some treats by hand (mealworms, crickets, marshmellows, bananas).
Hope this helps!

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One Response to “Sugar Glider taming, and barking?”

  1. Sara on

    One problem here is that she is kept as a single. Sugar gliders are colony creatures and should be kept in pairs or groups — they are alot easier to handle when they are.

    MOST sugar gliders do not like being held, no matter how bonded they are to you. I have two sugar gliders that are extremely bonded to me but they do not like being picked up and held.

    DO NOT use the leash. Leashes are extremely unsafe for sugar gliders even though many sugar glider stores do sell them… just because something is sold as “just for sugar gliders” does not make it safe. Leashes are particularly dangerous as they can cause severe injuries to a glider.

    Barking is just something they do. They do it for many reasons — sometimes because something scares them, other times because they’re calling for their owners, but mostly because they are trying to locate other gliders.

    Speaking softly to her is good, as is using her name a lot (though be aware that she might never learn it — most don’t).

    It is best to get a companion for her while she is still young as they’re more likely to accept a friend while they’re young. You will need to keep them separated for 30 days though when you first get them (And do vet checks for both! TWICE. Once at the beginning of the 30 days and once at the end.. this is to prevent illnesses from passing. Some illnesses will go unseen at the first check that’s why it’s best to do two). And you will need to introduce them slowly — you cannot just stick them in the cage together and expect it to go fine.

    On bonding faster, I would use licky treats (yogurt, applesauce..) with her (not too much though — treats should be given in moderation). Carry her around in a bonding pouch during the day time while she’s sleeping.. and the best bonding method — get a pop up tent and sit in it with her at night! This method is my favorite and has worked wonders for me and my gliders.

    If you want to talk more about sugar gliders, please feel free to send me an email by using the link in my profile.

    Good luck to ya.

    Uh oh…
    I went to the link to your Yahoo Profile that you’ve got linked in your y!a profile…says you’re from Pittsburgh PA. Sugar gliders are illegal in PA. :(

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