Did you just add a furry little cutie to your household? You will be buddies in no time if you follow these tips.
- Give him space. Let him adjust to his new home.
- Handle him properly. He is not a toy and should not be treated as such. Should you have any children in the house, make sure they’re aware of this.
- Put yourself in his place (literally). Don’t stand over him and bend down to pet him – this could be terrifying. Go down on the floor and look at him at his level. This will make you less intimidating overall.
- Make sure your home is safe and comfortable.
- Be patient and take things slowly. Don’t try to force anything.
- Treat him to treats. When I say that, I don’t mean you should shower him with unhealthy snacks. Just spoil him a little with the treats rabbits crave. Hold the treats in the palm of your hand and see if your bunny will attempt to take the food from you. When he is feeling more relaxed, try your other hand, and so on. Show him he has nothing to fear when you’re around.
- Understand his schedule. Rabbits don’t have the same routine as other animals. They tend to be the most active at sunrise and sunset, resting in the middle of the day. If you want your rabbit to be happy in his home and you want him to enjoy spending time with you, keep this in mind. Wait until you know he will be active and up for a hearty play session.
- Talk to him. Read a passage from a book you’re reading. Tell him about your day. Focus on anything you like, so long as you talk in a calm voice. If you talk loudly and frantically, you will only scare him.
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