A healthy bunny is a happy bunny; and a happy bunny is a well-behaved bunny. If you have just adopted a pet bunny or you already own one and you’re tired of getting not-so-cute behaviours from your bunny, then it’s time to turn up the heat (this basically means, finding innovative ways to get better results).
It’s true that we get back what we put in, and with training pets; you get your due diligence. Animals are limited in their ability to rationalise. They can’t really understand the why of things, but you can and you’ll benefit from their good behaviour.
Here’s a list of things you can do to change your rabbits behaviour:
Provide A Comfortable Shelter
There’s no better way to get an acceptance from your rabbit than to provide it with a luxurious abode (ok, maybe not luxurious, comfortable will do). Once a bunny gets comfortable in its environment, then it becomes easier for it to be trained on good behaviours.
Providing the necessities your bunny needs shows it you can be trusted because you care about its well-being. Yes, bunnies can sense when they are not wanted. So, if you don’t take the time to organise their resting quarters, considering the fact that they require a lot of attention, then what’s the purpose of adopting them?
Groom Your Bunny
It’s important that you introduce your bunny to good hygiene. Good hygiene not only improves its mood, but it also maintains its health. Clean it daily with a neat wet cloth and give it occasional massages to relieve stress; it will improve its mood.
When bunnies are dirty, they become slobs and messy; that’s bad for you and your bunny. When bunnies are stressed out, they exhibit negative behaviours and become overly territorial; you don’t want that, so help them stay sane.
Reward Good Behaviour
When you observe your bunny is exhibiting positive behaviours, reward it. Positive reinforcement has ensured repetitive behaviours. If you want it to continue being good, give it incentives to oblige.
Find something you know your bunny is fond of or will enjoy and give it to it; like play toys and treats. It can’t understand why being a good pet is important but it will act the way you want if it means treats.
Take It For Regular Check-Ups
One aspect of being a good pet-parent is that you take your pets for occasional check-ups. With bunnies, they are hazards to themselves, all the more reason they need to be checked occasionally.
Bunnies easily get frightened; they easily tire themselves out and cause stress; and that’s not good for their health. So, the regular check-ups will help you handle less obvious health hazards you may have missed other than the obvious injuries and illnesses that are easily deducible.
Schedule Exercise And Social Time
It’s important for rabbits to balance outdoor time and indoor time, as well as for them to balance social time and alone time. You have to ensure your pet rabbit gets adequate time during the day to play outside.
The exercise is good for their health. Regularly, take them to the park or organise play-dates with other pets. This can improve their behaviour as they will become more amenable to you.
Plan Its Meals
With the help of your vet, you can plan its meals. Ensure it’s having the adequate meal; based on its age, size and health conditions.
Neuter/Spay Your Bunny
Getting your bunny spayed or neutered will help shed off negative behaviours. Usually, when bunnies are overly hormonal, they display aggressive and negative behaviours like anxiety, biting, isolating, scratching and restlessness. You can correct that by getting them altered.
Correct Bad Behaviours
If you notice behaviours you are not fond of, like nipping, digging the carpets or littering everywhere with urine you have to correct it. There are ways to correct inappropriate behaviour. One way is through discipline and applying the cause-and-effect principle.
Protect Them From Threats
Ensure the surrounding of your rabbit is hazard-free at all times. Bunnies get frightened when ever they feel threatened. It doesn’t have to even be an actual threat, just the idea of it can send them into their flight-or-fight response.
Respect It’s Alone Time
Sometimes your bunny needs time alone to rejuvenate, especially if it has had an exciting day or week. When you see it resting; let it be. Interrupting it can spook it and cause it to hide from you.
Once you put these tips into action, you can sit back and observe your bunny’s improvement. You know your bunny is improving when it shows you more of positive and happy behaviours like twisting itself in the air, flopping beside you to be pet, purring as a sign of contentment, circling your feet and racing around happily to say; “I like you” and “I like it here.”