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Taking beardies on walks?

Postby LuaBlua » Wed May 27, 2020 9:13 am

Hi!

I got my beardie about a month ago, she's only a baby!
I know that lots of owners like to take their beardies outside with a harness, but I was wondering at what age it would be possible? I'm aware that it wouldn't really be responsible to do that yet since she's so small and jumpy, I'd kind of expect her to just sprint off :lol:
All the harnesses look way too big for her, so I was just wondering at what point it could be a possibility :).
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Re: Taking beardies on walks?

Postby KarrieRee » Wed May 27, 2020 9:32 am

I would suggest you wait till they are bigger -- like 5 months old or so - it depends on the size of the dragon -- I would not take her outside as of yet - if she were to get away you would have a heck of a time getting her -- we have had several mishaps on here where people have lost their dragons under decks docks etc............. I have 2 dragons and my oldest hes 2 1/2 I have taken him outside once - he was so scared he turned pitch black and was trying to run for the hills - it stressed him out so bad I have not tried since --- he gets scared sometimes he will see something and it terrifies him and hes running for the throw pillow sitting on the seat of the over size chair I have him sitting on-- lawnmowers and birds --- they terrify him -- so in the summer I set him on the floor in front of the screen door so hes getting fresh air and looking outside - he seems content on doing that -- my 11 month old I have not taken him out yet -- he is still pretty wild and not as chilled as my 2 1/2 yr old - I let him run the LR floor and haft to really keep a close eye on him-- hes all over the place where as Hiccup he will sit for quite a while in one place -- so w/ that I would let yours get adjusted to the surroundings - if you want bring him out and hold him you can let him run your floors but make sure you beardie proof it -- you dont want him getting under fridges computer tables dressers etc......
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Re: Taking beardies on walks?

Postby LuaBlua » Thu May 28, 2020 1:20 pm

KarrieRee wrote:I would suggest you wait till they are bigger -- like 5 months old or so - it depends on the size of the dragon -- I would not take her outside as of yet - if she were to get away you would have a heck of a time getting her -- we have had several mishaps on here where people have lost their dragons under decks docks etc............. I have 2 dragons and my oldest hes 2 1/2 I have taken him outside once - he was so scared he turned pitch black and was trying to run for the hills - it stressed him out so bad I have not tried since --- he gets scared sometimes he will see something and it terrifies him and hes running for the throw pillow sitting on the seat of the over size chair I have him sitting on-- lawnmowers and birds --- they terrify him -- so in the summer I set him on the floor in front of the screen door so hes getting fresh air and looking outside - he seems content on doing that -- my 11 month old I have not taken him out yet -- he is still pretty wild and not as chilled as my 2 1/2 yr old - I let him run the LR floor and haft to really keep a close eye on him-- hes all over the place where as Hiccup he will sit for quite a while in one place -- so w/ that I would let yours get adjusted to the surroundings - if you want bring him out and hold him you can let him run your floors but make sure you beardie proof it -- you dont want him getting under fridges computer tables dressers etc......
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Yeah, I can't even begin to imagine losing her outside, I'm terrified of losing her within the house nevermind the big wide world! It'll be interesting to see when she's older whether she'll enjoy going outside or not, I kind of hope she will because I'd love to take her onto the grass for the enrichment.

What do you think of the harnesses you can get for them? I've seen many people use them and think the concept is very smart, ensures slightly more safety for incase they want to sprint away. I just hope, obviously even if it's not too tight, that there are no dangers with them?

Also, the beardie proofing is something I definitely have been planning on but am not entirely sure how to do. I was thinking just getting a sheet of, eg kitchen cabnet liner, and just blocking small openings like fridges/under my bed (which is only a tiny gap but she could very easily fit through and we wouldn't be able to easily get her back)?
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Re: Taking beardies on walks?

Postby KarrieRee » Thu May 28, 2020 1:35 pm

People have used pillows and pool noodles
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Re: Taking beardies on walks?

Postby LuaBlua » Thu May 28, 2020 3:31 pm

KarrieRee wrote:People have used pillows and pool noodles
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I don't know how I didn't think of pillows.:lol: I'm very tired. Using pool noodles sounds funny, can't say I have any! Thank you for the advice :')
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Re: Taking beardies on walks?

Postby Drache613 » Fri May 29, 2020 11:33 pm

Hello,

I agree, babies are super fast & scare pretty easily! If you lost her outside, you would
probably never find her. I would wait a few months as suggested before taking her out for
a walk in a harness.
You could get a little mesh terrarium as a playpen to put her in if you wanted her to enjoy
some time outdoors. Just be sure you are with her & that she has access to shade also.

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Re: Taking beardies on walks?

Postby LuaBlua » Sat May 30, 2020 2:03 pm

Drache613 wrote:Hello,

I agree, babies are super fast & scare pretty easily! If you lost her outside, you would
probably never find her. I would wait a few months as suggested before taking her out for
a walk in a harness.
You could get a little mesh terrarium as a playpen to put her in if you wanted her to enjoy
some time outdoors. Just be sure you are with her & that she has access to shade also.

Tracie

That sounds like a great idea! Do you have any recommendations for them?
It could even possibly be a good introduction to the outside world too, preparing her for later in life if I ever take her out on a harness? I'd love to give her some sort of enrichment like that, without literally risking it all at the possibility of losing her :lol: She's so incredibly fast, it could all go haywire so quickly!
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