Ways To Tame An Aggressive Rabbit
Sometimes the rabbit you purchased from a pet shop can be aggressive. If you try to pick your rabbit up and he is showing you aggression, this is usually due to fear or nervousness. There is a programme designed by rabbit expert, which could help you to teach your rabbit to understand that you are his friend and not his enemy. This involves the following:
1. Stop stroking or pick up your rabbit for a period of two weeks. At the same time start to hand feed your rabbit its treats and speak calmly to him. If your rabbit has become more relaxed, then start stoking him while he is eating the treat.
2. If your rabbit enjoys the treat but won?t let you stroke him, you may have to spend longer on the first stage. If your rabbit bites you when you stroke him, replace your hand with a long handled brush so that the rabbit bites that instead. When the rabbit bites the brush, stop touching the rabbit until it goes back to the treat and then repeat.
3. Once your rabbit accepts stroking (by hand or brush) increase the time and the areas that are being touched. If you are using a brush, try to introduce your hand (this may take several days).
4. You are now ready to start picking your rabbit up. This should also be introduced in daily stages using treats at each level i.e. initially your rabbit can be scooped onto your lap to eat his treat.
Never use punishment as a training method. In most cases of aggression, the problem worsens as soon as the owner tries to reprimand the rabbit as the owner appears threatening. Most forms of aggression can be improved by giving a rabbit more space, daily exercise and access to a stimulating environment with lots of toys and areas to climb on or hide under.