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Old 09-21-2013, 12:49 PM   #11 (permalink)
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It sounds like you're doing a remarkable job. Please please please don't be discouraged. Hedgehogs have a variety of personalities. Mine's a very shy boy, and it sounds like yours might be too. Shy hedgehogs are naturally more timid of their owners and may seem to be resisting playtime, but trust me, your efforts are worthwhile. May I give you some advice that helped out with my guy?
Get your baby a blanket and sleep with it for a night (or use a shirt you've worn but not yet washed) and carry him around in it. It smells like you and it's something he can nestle into without feeling threatened. Let him stay calm. If you touch him and he gets upset, wait for a while to try again. Let him associate your smell with calmness. Try letting him lie in the blanket while you hold it and watch a movie. It worked wonders for Martin. And the simple fact that you've got a young baby is part of it, too. They spend almost all their time asleep and so he's likely not too thrilled to be awake. Keep trying. It WILL pay off, I promise.
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