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Old 06-07-2015, 09:07 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Very nice! Just a heads up on "Fleece Training" (did i actually coin the phrase?) Anyway, Gabriel still has a grand time with tug o war, and we let him win a lot. He will habitually go for the fleece now because he knows it time to play the game. We honestly haven't been bitten by him in months, though those little teeth are quite active.
One thing to beware when encouraging fleece biting though is to not allow the fleece in their mouth for very long. Bite and release is the key.
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Old 09-29-2015, 01:25 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Hi

I'm so glad to read this, asI'm sure my hoglet is going through this!! He has only actually caught me twice, but is huffing more now when I pick him up, than when I first got him.. And is biting the fleece more. Is it ok to have a tug of war with him and make it a game? I always sit him on the same fleece, but I do think he is maybe hungry - will try to give him a treat or two tonight!!

So very plesaed to have found this forum (though his breeder is fabulous and really helpful/supportive) - I sometimes feel that I am asking too many questions of her!
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Old 09-30-2015, 02:53 AM   #13 (permalink)
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ah! biting, yes, experienced it quite a couple of times given by the ever-loving 3 y.o. male hedgie of my younger brother. thanks to patience he's not doing it anymore, he just stopped doing it, maybe he's already used to our scent. but, he licks and chews my brother's leather shoes and house slippers whenever he gets the chance.

I'm planning to buy a 2 month-old male hedgie, this thread will be a great help. ^_^
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Old 12-16-2015, 12:06 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Recently my hedgehog, Whitaker, bit my mom. At first we thought she might have had a food smell left on her fingers, and I suggested her washing her hands before handling him in the future. Today, she went to check on him (since I'm out of town), she said he tried to bit her again, although today she did wake him up.

Other key info is that my mom has recently been using neroli oil, and she thinks one of our cats is not too keen on the smell either and will run away from it. Should she stop using this if she intendeds on interacting with Whit?

Also, he has never bit me before (I've had him now for about 8 weeks), even if I wake him up. I did use the t-shirt trick with him in the beginning, and he really enjoyed it, but now I'm thinking should my Mom do the same? She will need to babysit him for me on days I am away, so I want them to begin to bond more, or do you think her adding a t-shirt might confuse him?

Any help/tricks/ideas would be helpful. Thank you
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Old 12-16-2015, 10:08 PM   #15 (permalink)
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It might be a good idea for her to try stopping the oil & see if it stops his attempts to bite her. And it'd be fine to place a t-shirt from her in the cage. An alternative is to give her some scraps of fleece to sleep with & use those, if you don't want a whole second t-shirt in the cage.
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Old 01-27-2016, 10:32 PM   #16 (permalink)
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This is such great advice! Thank you so much from a novice hedgie owner who has a biter!!
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Old 05-18-2016, 09:03 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Thank you for posting!! This is amazing information!!!
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Old 01-30-2017, 01:02 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Hehehe. Since I'm lurking around the forum for the moment, a quick update on Gabriel my habitual biter. He's 3 years old very soon and still bites like crazy. Every time we go to pick him up or poke at him. But now and for a very long time all he bites is his fleece. It's his game. He bites the fleece, we tug gently, a grand time is had by all. He hasn't gone for skin in at least 2 years. It's a blessing. We are still careful because he may catch us by accident. But he hasn't been intentional in a very long time.
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:56 PM   #19 (permalink)
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This is a great post. Too bad I didn't see it when Cashew was still with us. We did end up not getting bit ourselves as we knew what to look for but other people weren't so lucky.
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Old 05-06-2017, 11:59 AM   #20 (permalink)
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I found that with my baby biting that it was her wanting to play. She always bit my toes if i wasn't petting her or playing when we were having bonding time.
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