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Discussion in 'Introductions' started by Trip Hughes, Jun 5, 2019.

  1. Trip Hughes

    Trip Hughes Bearded Dragon Egg

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    I have a young beardie (around 3 months) and am still in the slow process of getting it used to my hand and light petting. It is still a bit unsure about me and will often scamper away. My question is, how do I get it to a bath if I am trying not to stress it by grabbing it. I want to be careful with the handling so that it grows into a pet that is comfortable, but I also don't want to neglect getting it into the water if that is needed. I do have a shallow water dish in the tank so it can get wet if it likes. Is that adequate?
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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    kaylynangel Hatchling Dragon

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    When approaching your little one go in from the side -- they have a eye on top of their head its called a something I cant remember the name of it starts w/ a P anyway its for birds or prey --- it will scare them thinking your hand is prey--- its good to bath him / her about every other day to keep them hydrated -- some will say they dont get hydration and the skin doesnt soak up the water but what ever --- I tend to believe it helps --- you can get him used to you by putting your hands in the tank cleaning etc and putting in a soft piece of cloth like clothing or a fleece blanket --- they love soft -- something w/ your smell and he will get used to you faster--- also w/ shedding you can use a soft toothbrush that will help loosen the tough areas
    kaylyn
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    The Lizard Lady Bearded Dragon Egg

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    Hello there! I often discourage bathing if it's not being used to promote healthy shedding, but sometimes a decent soak once in a while really helps hydrate your dragon. When collecting your dragon for a bath, definitely follow Katlyn's advice and move very slowly, scooping him/her up from underneath and making sure to support the legs (and in some cases the tail if he/she feels insecure). Since your beardie is still relatively young, the soaks/baths can be done (I'd say) at most once a week. If you notice any signs of dehydration, a pedialyte (sugar free) soak can help quickly rehydrate them. I believe that there are also shed-aids and electrolyte soaks specifically designed for dragons on the market as well. Best of luck!