How to train my rabbit
When you have a pet you always want it to understand you and interact with you. Therefore training your pet is essential for there to be a better coexistence in the home. So the bond with your pet will become stronger. And to know how to train your rabbit, you have to understand it. The rabbit is a very intelligent animal and with appropriate incentives can be well trained. So on OneHowTo.com we have some tips so you know how to train your rabbit.
Check that your rabbit has adequate food, lives in a hygienic environment and is has check-ups at the vet regularly. If the rabbit is healthy and well fed it will be easier for you to train it because it will feel good.
Speak to your rabbit in a nice voice so it trusts you. Never yell or chase it as it may distrust you and think you're a predator. Offer it food as this is a good incentive for it. Do not make sudden movements and arouse its curiosity. In this way, it will come to you. If its approaches and is receptive, try to touch its forehead, if it's scared, try again later.
Your rabbit, like all rabbits, gets stressed easily, so try to make sure the place where you are, is quiet. Also, this means that rabbits will not respond well to a punishment-based training. Instead, opt for a positive reinforcement training.
If you want to pick up your rabbit to stroke it, pick it up carefully as they have a delicate skeleton. If your rabbit does not want to be picked up, wait and try again when it is more receptive. Never force it if it doesn't want to.
If your rabbit needs the toilet while out of its cage, look for where it normally goes and put the tray there. Rabbits tend to relieve themselves in the same place and usually in a corner. If at a later time they don't go in that place say NO firmly and place it on its tray, but you must do so when they are urinating so they understand. If it does well, treat it with food when finished. When you're teaching it to go to the bathroom in a certain place, at first leave the cage dirty for a few days so that it smells of pee and your rabbit associates it with the potty area, but clean it if it looks very dirty.
Remember to leave your rabbit out of its cage at least half an hour a day for exercise. When you put it back in the cage, guide it to re-enter until the door nudges it in the back or put some food in its cage that will motivate it to go. For this to work, it is very important that you don't chase it because otherwise it may hide from you. You should never pick your rabbit up abruptly.
Never lose your temper with your rabbit, remember that patience and love will help to train him.
It may be that your rabbit will doesn't want to be stroked or picked up and can bite or scratch you to tell you to leave it alone. It is not trying to hurt you, respect its wishes and discover what it likes.
To train your rabbit and so that you may live happily together, you have to know your rabbit.
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