It’s good if the decorative rabbit you bought turned out to be affectionate, accustomed to hands and to the tray. But in most cases, new owners have to deal with raising a rabbit from scratch. Although not everyone is interested in training a small pet, the question: “How to train a rabbit in a tray?” Is very relevant among beginner rabbit breeders, because who would like to collect waste from his apartment after each walk of the animal?
How to tame a rabbit, and what to do with aggressive individuals
So, you created favorable conditions for keeping the rabbit, arranged a cage for him, stocked up with suitable food, it remains to acquire the animal itself and come to grips with its upbringing. First, let him get comfortable in the new environment, then tame the little fluffy to his hands, teach him to walk only in the tray, and only then, if you wish, you can train your pet – teach him how to respond to his name, walk on a leash and even perform funny tricks.
Do not think that a recently purchased rabbit will quickly get used to hands, if you constantly catch it and forcefully press it to you. On the contrary, in such conditions, the animal will adapt much longer, frightened by new owners. Be patient and let the frightened animal first look around in an unfamiliar place, put in order a fur coat and wash. But when the rabbit begins to try the food and relaxes in the cage, it can be assumed that he has fully mastered.
To tame a decorative rabbit, it is necessary to approach its cage smoothly, without making sudden movements, quietly turning to the animal. Try to provide your pet with a calm environment, without barking dogs, extraneous noise and loud conversations.
First let the rabbit get used to your hand – let him examine it, sniff it and get used to your smell. A delicious treat will further help to position the rabbit. Carefully pat the baby on the head, but if at the same time it is compressed into a lump, leave it alone for a while. Keep in mind that small rabbits perceive any creature of a higher growth as a predator. Therefore, it’s not worth hanging over the cage, it’s better to crouch in such a way as to be on a par with the rabbit, then it will come to you more likely.
Decorative rabbits are not tame in nature, but they love affection, especially when they scratch their forehead or gently wrinkle their backs with their hands. From this massage, the rabbits freeze and die. It is only better to iron them while they are outside the cage. pulling out an animal for this purpose from the cage is not worth it, because it will perceive such a circumvention as a manifestation of aggression on your part. If you happen to forcefully hold the rabbit in your hands while cutting your nails or combing it out, calmly explain to him what you are doing and why – domestic rabbits perceive the human voice well.
Decorative rabbits are not tame in nature, but love affection
For the most part, decorative rabbits are harmless and friendly, but sometimes you can notice aggression from the side of your little fluffy pet – it can move sharply, bite and kick. Most often, a rabbit is aggressive if:
- fears that someone will hurt him;
- they touch him by the nose or take him by the withers;
- sees a hand reaching for its muzzle (carry your hand over the head of the rabbit);
- seeks to protect its territory from human hands;
- experiencing sexual arousal (either pairing or sterilization of the rabbit will help here).
To prevent the animal from treating you aggressively, do not hit it or raise your voice. You can pacify an aggressive decorative rabbit by gently pressing it to the floor, then it recognizes your dominant position. If you got a very aggressive rabbit, who previously had little contact with people or was mistreated, at first just protect yourself from his attacks and bites with long clothes. Over time, the rabbit will stop thinking that they want to hurt him somehow.
Tidy rabbits easily accustom to the tray
Before releasing a rabbit for a walk around the apartment, you need to train him to easily find his tray
Little rabbits quickly get used to going to the tray, just keep in mind that in the new environment the kids can get confused and not immediately figure out where the toilet is. Set the tray in the corner of the cage where the little rabbit most often goes to help. If you pour sawdust at the bottom of the cage, then it will be useful to put a small amount of sawdust soaked in the rabbit in the tray, but it is better to put straw on the bottom of the cage and put filler in the toilet so that the rabbit clearly distinguishes between the "toilet" and the "dining room". Cat litter for the toilet should not be used, since your pet can nibble them, pressed sawdust or shavings are quite suitable.
It is necessary to train the decorative rabbit to the tray every day, collecting wet straw with "peas" in the morning and evening in a cage and transferring them to the tray. As soon as you notice that the little rabbit is making a puddle outside its toilet, immediately transfer it to the tray, repeating the same phrase each time (for example, “go to the pot!”), But in no case do not scold the rabbit! If your pet is doing well, reward him with a treat.
Before releasing a rabbit for a walk around the apartment, it is necessary to train him to easily find his own tray, otherwise the whole apartment will seem to him a spacious tray, and the animal will leave its “footprints” everywhere. First, fence the little rabbit out of the little territory for walking, showing where the “pot” is placed. Gradually increase your walking space, leaving the tray in the area of your pet’s visibility and adding additional temporary trays. Soon, the rabbit will get used to going to a certain place, and you will be able to let him out for a walk around the house without supervision.
Every day you need to teach a decorative rabbit to a tray
When accustoming a rabbit to a tray, you may encounter the following problems:
- the animal sleeps in a tray – perhaps the rabbit does not like a berth with something, remake it differently;
- the pet itself does not want to go to the tray – hang a manger with hay next to it so that the fluffy eats and immediately relieves the need;
- the rabbit puddles past the tray – the tray has too low sides or a lot of filler;
- the animal suddenly refuses to go "to the potty". the rabbit has started the “hunting” period, or after sterilization, he needs to refresh his memory by accustoming him to the tray again.
How to train a rabbit and teach him different tricks
A dwarf rabbit is naturally given a lot of talents, and if you are not too lazy, you can quickly train your pet in various tricks. To begin with, you should teach him to respond to his name: every day, in a calm voice with the same intonation, call the rabbit by name and show him a treat as soon as the pet runs up to you, pet and treat it, otherwise do not encourage the pet undeservedly. After a few days of regular training, you will succeed.
For walks in the fresh air on a decorative rabbit you should not wear a collar – the animal will never be able to get used to it. Use a harness for kittens, first putting it on for several minutes and gradually increasing the time. In five days it will be possible to walk with a rabbit in a harness around the apartment, and in a few days it will be possible to walk outside, only to calm places, without dogs.
Rabbit training and stunt training are more successful if the animal is hungry, but does not attack food, forgetting about everything in the world. Before training it is enough not to feed the rabbit for 6-7 hours. Teaching decorative rabbit tricks is pretty easy. For example, to teach him to jump through the hoop, put the pet in front of the hoop, holding a treat for the hoop, and wait for the rabbit to step over the hoop, treat him for it. Repeat the procedure until the rabbit understands what is required of him.
Then you can raise the hoop so that the rabbit jumps through it and continue to increase the height until you achieve the desired result. Thus, you can teach a rabbit to push a ball with his nose, jump over obstacles, do a command post, etc. Most importantly, do not forget to reward your pet for success every time.