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Category: Rabbit Behavior

How to Train a Rabbit to Come When Called

Contributed by Barbara Russo

My rabbit Luke has a very spacious enclosure, or “rabitat,” as I like to call it. When I’m home, his door stays open, giving him full access to our living room and hallway. This part of my house is rabbit-proof and safe for him to hop about and explore. There is a lot of healthy, enriching  fun for him to discover here, including chew toys placed in almost every corner, furniture that he can jump upon, and boxes for him to cuddle in.

Adventures in Bunny Proofing

Contributed by Elise M.

Once upon a time, I had a nice house. I had baseboards, drywall, fine furniture and everything was nice and tidy. And then I got rabbits. A now, it’s all just a memory.

Despite copious amounts of internet research, no amount of bunny proofing seems to have saved my home from two little rabbits.  Who would have thought that they could outsmart us?

Our first bunny proofing methods were to keep our rabbits to a single room, minimize the damage. This worked fine until we discovered that our older bunny, Coffey, was protégé to Houdini, and could escape anything. And then would chew on everything and pee everywhere. It was…enlightening.

Fluent in Silence: Understanding Your Bun

Contributed by Rachael Sharpe

Many of us with house rabbits know the basics of bunny behavior. We know what a Binky is, we know that when rabbits are frightened they will flatten to the ground with wide eyes.  We also know when they want to be petted they will lower their head and be still.  But what do we really understand about talking to our buns? As animals with a spoken language, we often rely heavily on words to communicate with one another.  

Babies and Bunnies – Can They Co-Exist?

Contributed by Elise Sommer

I will start by saying that every bunny is different, and every child is different so parents of bunnies and babies will have to follow their own instincts to create a safe home for everyone.  Babies and children should not be left unattended with bunnies.

My husband and I had our two very spoiled bunnies for 5 months when we found out that we were expecting our first child. We had two female rabbits that had just become bonded, Coffey (Netherland Dwarf) and Mocha (Mini Rex), and now we were going to add a loud, stinky, screaming human into the house. Suffice it to say, as a mother–to-be, I was very worried.

What is a Rabbit?

 

If you have a house rabbit there may be several behaviors you don't understand.  I found this video on YouTube that asks the question "What is a Rabbit" and answers it with an interesting discussion on wild rabbit anatomy and behavior.  Understanding these natural instincts and behaviors could help your rabbit live a happier life inside you home!  Watch the video here:

 

Spaying or Neutering Your House Rabbit

Most people are aware of the reputation rabbits have for breeding and overpopulating their environment.  Even if your rabbit is your one and only bunny, you should still consider spaying or neutering your pet to avoid some health problems and promote bonding with your house rabbit.   The benefits to having your pet altered by your veterinarian far outweigh the risks of the surgery itself.

Why Altering is Beneficial to Your Rabbit

Rabbit Proofing Your Home

Rabbits are social and curious critters by nature.   Your house rabbit will enjoy spending time with you and your family and will want to investigate the new surroundings at the every opportunity.  You should help to satisfy your friend’s curious nature, but do so in a rabbit friendly environment.  In other words, rabbit proofing your home is essential to ensure your pet’s safety and prevent damage to your belongings before bringing your new friend home to live.

Living with a House Rabbit – Poot the Dutch Rabbit

By Theron Peck

It is 5:20 am and the day is just beginning. Six short steps down from the second floor reveals a large living room with our Dutch rabbit eagerly awaiting our arrival. With hardwood floors and several rugs, this is the habitat and home for our house rabbit named Poot. Poot is normally sitting in a “loaf” mode under our coffee table with a direct view to the staircase. Upon our arrival, he becomes very excited and runs around the perimeter of the room which is also attached to a dining and kitchen area. After receiving a customary scratch on the head, he nudges our feet, demanding a forehead rubbing in front of the couch while we watch the morning news.

Rabbit Bonding – How to Introduce Two Rabbits

To be successful at rabbit bonding, there are 3 rules which need be followed:

1. The best bonding pair is male and female

Out in the wild, rabbits will live in pairs of male/female and will at times remain with the same partner for their entire life. Every female (doe) will have her very own nesting burrow and the male (buck) will usually sleep with her there. This is the natural pairing for house rabbits also. Baby rabbits not yet established in a bonded pair tend to be  solitary, hanging around the outskirts of the warren.