Take your bearded dragon out of the cage every day for at least one hour for interaction with you.
Hand taming is something that many owners overlook. Due to the size and excellent nature of the bearded dragons, it is so easy just to snatch up a baby and stare at it for a moment, then back to the cage. Any pet has a better life if it is not hand shy. Spend time with your hands near or just resting on your dragon. Always approach from a side position, as another lizards would, rather than above like a predator. Coax him onto your hand, instead of pulling him from his favourite perch. When picking up, do so gently and use slow movements. If your lizard ever gets out, it would be time well spent if you could just reach over and rescue him without a chase.
Let your lizard relax. Watch his posture and eye movements for indications of contentment. Try to keep your dragon in this ‘zen’ state with you for the longest time possible. At first, you may only achieve short moments of success, especially with a juvenile, but try each day to increase the time you spend ‘just being together’. Maybe, invite your dragon to watch a movie with you. Soon, your dragon will associate your with safety and companionship. Bearded dragons have been known to sit on the shoulder of their owners all day and can go just about anywhere they do. By having a strong foundation of trust established early on, you will be rewarded with a companion others will envy.
Watch out, lizards can fly!
Well, no they can’t, but babies don’t know this. Heights can be dangerous for any dragon and it is up to you to protect your lizard from falls. Do most of your handling sitting down on the lounge or bed and keep the items in your cage low. Walking around together will come with time, short trips at first with your hand close incase. If anything startles your friend, go back to zen training and re-establish the bond.
Feeding by hand has many benefits. One of the best reasons is that it is fun, for both of you. It also teaches your friend that your hands are not just for grabbing. Treats can be monitored and bullying reduced if it is a shared cage. However, go easy because you want the lizard to eat from his plate too. Because they are cold-blooded and tend to eat more in warmer conditions, so don’t be surprised if he is not interested on a cold day.
Many bearded dragons love baths. It helps to clean and hydrate the skin. Shedding is easier too. Put some lukewarm water in a clean tub. Make sure that it is no deeper than halfway up the lizard’s front legs. A short bath of around 5 minutes is enough, then allow him to bask dry in warm light.