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Old 04-04-2020, 12:42 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Re-socializing (!Please Help!)

My hedgie is around 1 1/2 - 2 years. She has always been really grumpy, and has always bitten me (I washed my hands, so I do t know why she did it other than to be put back. Which I’ve stopped doing in response). Last year I got a new pet which took a lot of attention, I still made time for her-just not as much. Then during fall I fell into a bad depression, and didn’t get her out much (I continued to give her my best care and always make sure everything was ok with her). I have recently been getting better, and now get her out more. But it take her about 10mins to finally un-ball, and then she just keeps trying to run from me, and bite me almost every chance (I now pick her up when she bites me, and only put her back once she’s let me kiss her. To try to undo the biting=cage mentality).
I know that she has not spent a lot of time with me, so that’s why she’s reverted. But I don’t know what I can do to try and get her to tolerate/love me. Any Info/tips would be greatly appreciated. She is housed right next to my bed so she saw/smelled/heard me everyday, and I always said goodbye and I love you. I know she can’t understand, but I hope it gives her some comfort. Please no hate, I didn’t socialize her as much as I should have, but I continued to give her the very best care, and unlimited love.
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Old 04-04-2020, 02:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Okay I would say go right back to begging of bonding. Sleep with something and put it in with her, whilst you scent may be around the room all the time having it in and close with them is different and its more effective.

Secondly you need to create a safe place when she is out, either a snuggle pouch or just under a fleece next to, she needs to feel this will help.

Obviously if she bites don't put her back for a while. So she bits, it hurts ik but ignore that she did it, and just let her re settle, then put her back half an hour after biting you. This will teach her that even if she bites you wont put her back its the best way to undo the biting. Also every bonding session that you het bite free give her treat. This will encourage her to not bite or bite as often.

Also build the bonding time slowly, so just do an hour for now and build it by half an hour every 2 weeks to how she copes and obviously the time you have.

Just need to go back to the basics and start over, time and patients you'll get there.
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