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    My Grumpy Girl

    I recently got a hand size female dragon I named Pepper Pots. Shes beautiful but comes with a lot of attitude. I've been trying to get her use to being held. She has never had a forever home from what I know, so I assume no one has ever spent the time trying to get her use to it. Funny thing is she loves to be pet but if you stop she fights you off and runs for it. I've made it a point to hold her at least once or twice a day and I'm hoping over time she will get the hang of it and chill out. Does any one know if there's anything else I can do to make this easier on her? I'm worried I may be stressing her out.






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    How long have you had her?

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    Re: My Grumpy Girl

    about two or three weeks

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    Have you been handling her since she got there? Sometimes they need a solid week or more to get used to their new surrounding without being messed with. It took one of ours 1 week to get comfy and initiate contact with us. And it took the other 2 weeks. I would give her a week or so. Just offer food and sit by the enclosure and talk to her a little but don't try to handle her.

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    Re: My Grumpy Girl

    yeah I was handling her off the bat really. I do spend time by the tanks and I talk to them all day lol Ill give her a little break and try my luck again later.

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    Re: My Grumpy Girl

    If you gave her time to adjust to her surroundings, and she accepts your presence you can try using a food that you only give when she is out and being handled. I have used a variety of things for this but...phoenix worms do work really well because of the small size and slow movement. They are not stupid and will begin to associate good things with being handled.

    But always remember, even when they are sitting on you - they most likely wont sit still. They like to explore all over. And welcome to the forums!

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    You could hand feed too to get her used to you.
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    Re: My Grumpy Girl

    Ive gone thru the same thing with my Zoey! Seems like everytime I have to handle her Im messing with her somehow. I have had to force myself to give her extra special happy time to make up for it. Hand feeding has gone well and she actually seems to prefer that I hand feed her a few bites in the morning before she eats on her own. I try not to reach in and grab at her instead I wait till shes at this end of the enclosure before I approach her. Let it kinda be on her terms. I entice her to my side of the enclosure occasionally with fruit or insects but ultimately unless I MUST reach in I don't. I stop and talk to her several times a day in low soft voice and try to make it positive interaction each time. Shes a crabby one but she actually was calm today when I took her out to clean her enclosure. She goes into a pet taxi while I work so she can watch but be safe from doggies. Then a long warm soak (spa day) that helped release her tight bikers shorts she was shedding and a soft wiping to release her gloves was all done without a hassle. Keep trying it will happen. Baby steps
    May.. Ps.. Sometimes even humans are cranky and have bad days. don't worry.

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    Re: My Grumpy Girl

    Aw I would love to have that with her! She hates baths she hates water in like every form I mist her she freaks out! Im also having a hard time making sure she drinks water because of her water issue. Like Ive had dragons before I know they like to get out and walk around. My other baby does that just fine he hangs out does his little walk around and stuff but Pepper is determined to run away. The previous owners said she escaped her tank three times and he only handled her with a shirt cause he was afraid of getting bit or scratched which was awful! I was really happy to take her away from that thank gawd the guy was willing to give them to a better home. So she clearly has never had someone hold her properly.

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