Rabbits are excellent pets! They are smart and fun to have around. Each one has its own personality, and they love to be around. The best way to keep a rabbit is indoors, rabbits that live outdoors grows distant from its owner, as life responsibilities slowly begin to rob the time you once had for your pet.
Just like any other relationship, spending time together is what creates the bond of love and friendship. You will soon understand, what your pet rabbit needs, and he will understand you as well. But how can you get to that point?
Even the most cuddly bunny rabbit will need time to adapt to its new home. The best way to start this relationship is to take one step at a time.
First, allow him to feel secure in the new home, give him space and try to keep noises down as he isn't used to you just yet. As he gets used to his new place and to his litter box again, then is time to bond to him but not until then.
Making the new place his own.
Allow him to mark with his chin all his furniture and give him time to settle down. It generally takes a week to get them adjusted to their new place. In the meantime be sure to check his water and food. Water bottles need to be inspected daily to make sure that your rabbit can get water out of it. On his first week I would recommend keeping him mostly on his hutch so he can understand the toilet place and all the rest. After his potty habits has returned to normal you can start giving him some time out of the hutch.
The key is to take baby steps. You will never want to chase him so you can get him into the hutch again, so make sure you have the time to calmly get him back in the hutch. Never allow children to chase your bunny as that will trigger him to HATE being picked up. Only when you feel that he trust you and is feeling comfortable with his new surroundings that you should give him play time. Allow a little freedom, just a little at a time. increase his free time little by little. Start with 10 minutes running around and keep a litter box nearby just in case. As he adjusts to the new area, you will be able to increase his free time by small increments of 10 minutes.
Next is time to get to know him.
My favorite time with my bunnies is to get to their level in the ground by laying flat on my stomach. I do not talk much just observe and resist the urge of grabbing him when he is not paying attention. Trust me they are always paying attention. I try to do this very often until they feel that is normal and they start to come to me. I might attempt a quick touch on their head or ears, but it is too soon to pick them up. Next,when they feel comfortable with me, I pick them up gently holding their back feet, so they feel secure and hold them rubbing their ears nicely. When a rabbit feelssafe, they do not struggle, they try to escape when you hold them too tight or not secure enough. Pay attention to their back feet, place in your hands so they feel safe with you. Finally, keep a routine, where you come to play and hold him after he has had a chance to explore, run and burn some calories. By doing this, often your bunny will know what to expect and feel secure and safe about being held by you. That's just the beginning of the bond you two can form.