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Old 06-23-2022, 06:37 PM   #11
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Default Re: Taming baby russian dwarf

It sounds to be progressing well I can't pick Raffy (Syrian) up yet. And he jerks around or runs if you try and stroke him on the back/pet him. But I've noticed he doesn't do that if he's eating something! He is so focused on food he will not react at all if I stroke him then. The same when he was trying to climb out of the playpen (hanging on to the top by his front paws). I had to pick him up to lift him down and again he was so focused on trying to escape that he didn't react to me picking him up.

So I think it's psychological. If they're distracted by something they want to do, they aren't scared by being touched.

How do you pick him up? Scooping him from underneath with both hands is best rather than from the top. They feel less threatened like that.
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Old 06-29-2022, 12:40 PM   #12
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Default Re: Taming baby russian dwarf

Hey, I don't really pick him up. He climbs to the top of his playpen and then I'll put my hand out and he will climb onto my hand. I think because I spend most of my time at home in my room with him he is really used to me and my scent.

I managed to pet him gently with my finger when he was in his cage and he just ran away afterwards haha.
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