Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

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Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

Postby BeardedOrgFan2020 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 9:43 am

Long time Lurker, Thanks to the site and to all of you for my husbandry skills and healthy Dragon.

My dragon and I have always had a perfect, you leave me alone till I tell you to relationship. She would always treat my wife and son with different “moods” but was until recently very consistent in her dealings with me. Always greeted me with alert eye to eye contact with no change in altitude in her head as I approached. When I would handle her she would be alert in the daytime and quickly find a nice place to nuzzle in and go to sleep in the evening. The past few days has been drastically different. Although my wife nor son has reported difference in her behavior she immediately puddles/pancakes dropping her head and staring at me when I approach. As her primary caretaker and number one fan I am heart broken. Then I realize… I have been working from home for “reasons” now for a bit and due to the possibility of always having to be presentable had been clean shaven now for 6 years… I have a black beard… That’s why she is scarred?
Man I hope so.
I’m headed to go shave, If this doesn’t work does anyone have any Idea what the heck I could have done? I’m the one who feeds her, Wife and kid she reacts the same to, still wants to chase the golden retriever… Hope I haven’t lost my scaly snuggly friend.
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Re: Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

Postby DragonPete » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:23 am

Let us know if the shave helps. There was a post not long ago with a similar issue. I think it could be.
BTW welcome to the forums.
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Re: Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

Postby MariosDad » Fri Mar 20, 2020 10:56 am

Interested to see where this goes :D

I've been wondering if Mario reacts different to me with my glasses on or not, or if I'm wearing a hat or not...

The "black beard" thing might translate directly into your BD's language. Let us know!
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Re: Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

Postby BeardedOrgFan2020 » Fri Mar 20, 2020 4:59 pm

Update: I shaved, it worked ?! She made eye contact, continued in her sun worshiper pose, full gape, no puddle, no pancake. Wow, a weeks worth of stubble scared my friend.
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Re: Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

Postby DragonPete » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:20 pm

BeardedOrgFan2020 wrote:Update: I shaved, it worked ?! She made eye contact, continued in her sun worshiper pose, full gape, no puddle, no pancake. Wow, a weeks worth of stubble scared my friend.

Wow! Just talk to her like you always do and see if she keeps her old self. 🤗 You may have hit on something. 🤔
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Re: Relaxed 6 Year Old Scared of Adult Male Caretaker

Postby Gormagon » Fri Mar 20, 2020 5:23 pm

I have heard of this behavior many times. I am glad the shaving thing worked for you, now if I could just get my dragon to like me at all, lol!!!!
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