Rabbits are one of the most loved pets, especially by children. Tender, nice and with a sweet and curious
look, the bunny bewitches anyone who is in his presence and caresses their soft fur. their charm, however, does not preclude a correct education that allows the pet and man to live together in a domestic environment in the correct way.
How can I train a rabbit? Rabbits are fairly easy to train, it’s also fun but takes time and patience like any other pet. Just follow these simple tips and your rabbit will be answering their name, following you and even spinning round.
Establish Living Space Boundaries
The rabbit should not stay in a cage for too long. Space must be established in which the rodent can move
freely to maintain good health. The cage should not be too small and can be used for short periods when
cleaning its room.
It would be ideal, if possible, to use a room for the furry friend of the house to run around free and set up space in the garden to allow him to spend his time outdoors. Attention: in domestic rooms where the rabbit can roam freely, it is necessary to cover the electric cables and raise the plants, if present, so that it cannot gnaw them.
First and foremost you should be providing your rabbit a relationship where you reward them for doing tasks, this should be done within a space where you rabbit is familiar with their surroundings and they understand this as their territory.
Realistically, you’ll want to keep them in their cage as little as possible or add a cage within a further walled/caged area that allows them room to move or run around. An exercise pen is perfect for this as they can keep their cage area as the toilet etc.
Setting these boundaries will help them understand what space is theirs and have some level of discipline (Rabbits generally can’t be disciplined). Setting these boundaries will help with the next few areas of teaching your rabbit.
Litter training is fundamentally the first thing you should teach your rabbit to help them have an understanding of what rules are in place and help them set a routine in their brain.
It’s all about repeat actions and discipline, if you see you rabbit leaving droppings in their living space, move them into their toilet as soon as possible to signal that this specific sub-area is for the toilet.
This will start to teach your rabbit that repeat actions are what are acceptable and hopefully should give them an understanding of future lessons.
It’s worth noting that whilst punishment won’t do anything for you rabbit, telling them a firm no without raising your voice as you move their droppings can help signify a key word/sound that it’s not okay.
Don’t give up – Repeat attempts
Bunnies are animals and as such are creatures of habit. If you repeat tasks enough with your rabbit you’ll find that they learn very quickly (Often in a few weeks). This is a level of discipline which doesn’t punish your rabbit but helps them understand the ‘rules of the land’.
An example for this is teaching your rabbit to stop eating everything they touch. Whilst they’re particularly curious creates that do nibble everything to help them learn, you should be protecting them against hazards.
The ideal would be to cover the object that your rabbit continues to want to gnaw but if it continues to persist in its behavior, you can try for example to sprinkle the object (if possible) with a bitter liquid (Like sour apple spray).
Along side this, leaving your rabbit in the room along with some sticks that it can freely gnaw can help distract it and teach it that the sticks are positive reinforcement and the sour object is negative.
We recommend using Willow Sticks as they’re safe for your rabbit, provide natural pain relief.
Can I train my rabbit to listen for its name?
You can train a rabbit to come when called but it takes a lot of patience and time. In fact, it will take at least
2 months for your bunny to come to you constantly when you call it.
It is good to teach the rabbit his name, in order to avoid that he can find himself in dangerous situations. Here’s how to teach the rabbit to come to you when you call them:
Say your rabbits name constantly
The first thing to do to teach the rabbit to come to you every time you call them is to have them associate the sound of their name or the word you want to teach him with a reward. So every time you give your little
bunny a treat, say their name.
Try not to give sugary treats etc. We use pellets that our rabbit loves, so 1 pellet when they come over to us after hearing their name.
It is recommended to do this exercise at least 4 times a day for at least a week. It is very important that you have the same tone of voice every time you say his name or the command word, for example, “come” or tap on the floor.
Call them from a short distance
Once your rabbit has associated their name with their reward, move away from them a few meters and try to call them. It is important to know how to wait, if your rabbit does not come close to you after 15 seconds,
do not despair!
Try this exercise 3 times, if the rabbit ignores you then repeat the previous step. Otherwise,
continue the remote call exercise 4 times a day, in order to get your pet accustomed to it.
Move further away and call the rabbit
When your rabbit is regularly coming to you when you call them at a short distance (Same room etc.), you should try leaving them in another room and calling them.
This will be considerably harder, especially if your rabbit is stubborn, so sometimes shaking a box of treats (Still give them the pellet) can help teach them to associate calling their name to come to you.
This will take a lot more time, so don’t get too frustrated and just keep trying.
Have a lot of patience
Training the rabbit will take a long time, so it is essential not to get irritated if he does not immediately understand the directions you want to teach him. You need to understand that your rabbit is an animal born to typically live outdoors and not in a domestic environment despite breeding conditions and changes over breeding.
Take the time to educate the bunny, naturally providing him with what he needs such as food and water in adequate quantities.
You will also have to take care of its hygiene and the environment in which it lives by keeping it clean and
creating hiding places where you will put straw in which the bunny can take refuge as it is in its nature.
The training of the rabbit will give its results to your great satisfaction and giving you and your furry friend a
happy coexistence, full of affection and sympathy.