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Old 04-07-2012, 08:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My hedgie, Millie, is usually very shy and won't come out of her igloo if there's people around. Lately, I've been trying to fix that by taking her out every day, letting her roam my flat freely and always having her snuggled on me whenever I sit down to watch tv, or use the computer.

At first I had doubts about whether or not she was using her wheel, as she used to when we first got her. I figured she might have outgrown the one we initially bought her so I bought her the flying saucer wheel. She took to it straight away, but she'd only ever go on after I'd gone to bed in the other room, and it was completely dark in the living room (where her cage is).

Last night, we were sitting in the living room watching tv, with the lights dimmed and suddenly Millie crept out of her igloo and began running on her wheel, even though we were right there watching! We were so proud of her, and I just wanted to share this so that other people who have shy hedgies see that taking the time to spend some quality time with your hedgie really does get you there. My Millie follows me around my flat now and doesn't mind when I pick her up, I've noticed a gradual change in her over time after making extra effort and I'm just super happy that it is paying off!
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Yay for Milly and you. Sound like she is turning into a sweetheart.
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It took SO long for my Thaddeus to be brave enough to wheel in front of people, so I understand your excitement! Sounds like a lot of progress! =]
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Yay! Sounds like you've really been working with her. It feels wonderful when you see results. Way to go! That picture is so cute!!



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Old 04-08-2012, 02:29 PM   #5 (permalink)
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In her cage, Sophie will not run if I go through the room. If she's on the wheel, she stops immediately.

During 'together time' at night, I bring the wheel into her play area. She runs round and round and will hop on off the wheel countless times. It's go, go, go - running everywhere, but she will jump on the wheel for as long as a whole minute.

I think that running is mostly a private thing, but because the wheel is in the play area I do get to see her on it at least some. She really flies too; a pretty impressive sight.

(The only light during nighttime 'together time' is from my computer monitors and TV, so that may help. It's quite dark, but there is enough light for me.)
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In her cage, Sophie will not run if I go through the room. If she's on the wheel, she stops immediately.

During 'together time' at night, I bring the wheel into her play area. She runs round and round and will hop on off the wheel countless times. It's go, go, go - running everywhere, but she will jump on the wheel for as long as a whole minute.

I think that running is mostly a private thing, but because the wheel is in the play area I do get to see her on it at least some. She really flies too; a pretty impressive sight.

(The only light during nighttime 'together time' is from my computer monitors and TV, so that may help. It's quite dark, but there is enough light for me.)
HEE HEE HEE! Harvey won't run in front of me either. I think it's because I laughed at him when we were outside and I told him his butt waggles back and forth when he runs.
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