Gerbil Taming Outside Cage
Once you have gained the trust of your gerbil inside its cage, you will be ready to let them run around your room and explore further, while you now have a small bond, your gerbil will not be so frightened if you approach it with your hands.
Always avoid any quick movements when your gerbil is playing outside of its cage, especially when coming out of the cage is new to the gerbil. You must be very careful not to step on them as you will most likely crush them causing serious injury, children should be informed about the dangers of accidentally stepping on the gerbil and should behave very cautiously. Also watch out for people opening doors onto the gerbil, let everyone in the house know that the gerbil is out to play and to be careful.
When you let the gerbil out onto the floor, squat or lie down so you are closer to their level, you will find that as they explore they make frequent return visits to you and may even start to climb up your clothing. You can take advantage of these moments, as it will be easy to pick them up and put them back in their cage if they are clung onto you.
One thing to look out for is how it could be extremely ticklish if your gerbil was to crawl up your sleeve or shirt, this could in turn cause you to react quickly and grab the gerbil too hard. While you would not mean to hurt the gerbil you would be surprised at how often this happens, so be very careful. Keep an eye out for containers that contain water such as a bucket or vase, gerbils can easily climb up and fall being unable to escape, act cautiously and these situations will be avoided.