New Beardie Handling

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New Beardie Handling

Postby ComicBookMama » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:02 pm

I'm getting ready to bring home my first beardie in the next two days. I knew that you need to give new dragons some time to settle in to their new digs, but a friend told me that you shouldn't handle them for the first two weeks. Is this good information? How long is a good "settling in" period?

Thanks for any insights!
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Re: New Beardie Handling

Postby claudiusx » Thu Aug 22, 2019 5:26 pm

Its personal preference, and take it with how your dragon is acting.

I personally like to keep handling to a minimum for the first week, but sometimes I can tell they dont mind it. It's all situation dependent.

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Re: New Beardie Handling

Postby MrSpectrum » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:16 pm

I've heard/read some "experts" say a couple weeks, while other "experts" say (paraphrasing) jump right in--seemingly in equal numbers, so Brandon is probably close to the mark.
We're all going to have to learn how to "read" our BD's body language; might as well start from day one. Like your other pets, you'll spend some time trying to read/learn about each other for a while.
There are also plenty of articles & videos online, which have all their authors' own PsOV. While I was digging into this, I found some experts I thought were well-grounded, and some I thought were... well, a bit flakey (just like other pet "experts"). One article/video won't always tell the story, but after reading/viewing a few, I think you'll get a feel for whose information/opinions you trust.
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Re: New Beardie Handling

Postby ComicBookMama » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:27 am

Thanks, guys - I'll give the new dragon a week or so of peace (shouldn't be hard, since I'll be launching a new school year and will be exhausted!) before trying any handling.

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