Biscuit (my granddragon) is FINALLY done flaring and trying to bite my fingers off. At least I hope she is. 🙄
Last Friday was the worst; she hissed at me (which I've never even heard a beardie do) reared sideways (pancaked) and then lunged to bite my fingers. I was ready so she missed 😲 but wow she was in full on attack mode. My husband was standing there in shock because he said he didn't know beardies could do that 😂 Yep... rare, but it can happen if they are not tamed as babies.
I waited her out and kept talking to her, eventually being able to rub her chin for a few seconds. That's it. As soon as she let me touch her a few seconds I left. As a reward. 😃
I strongly believe if I would have left as she was flaring up, hissing and biting that I would have taught her that her behavior gets exactly what she wants ... me to disappear. Then, naturally she would do that every time to get her way.
She's slowly understanding that (1) I won't harm her, (2) she can't bully me and (3) she WILL be touched, it's just a matter how long it will take and that's 💯% up to her ... because I've got all day. 😎
Every day since the biting attempt she's gotten more and more used to me arriving with food, touching her a little then leaving. I won't push. But gently every day a little more. I know there's a sweet girl in there.
*This is just MY way of dealing with Biscuit. I'm sure there are many ways, as one method isn't the only "right" way, but it's working for me and most importantly, for Biscuit.
Get to know your animal, don't reward bad behavior, always proceed gently and with an enormous amount of patience and most importantly; build trust.
That's my only advice.
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