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Over the years I have met a few different bunnies, the shy, the hipper, the super adventurous, the explorer. So, as any other relationship knowing one another is essential to create bond and trust. Not only you knowing your bunny but also your bunny knowing you. A relationship is developed with time, patience and respect.
Signs of trust:
Does your bunny lay next to you?
Does your bunny take treats from your hand?
Does he stand out on his hutch when you approach?
Does he lays flat in front of you?
Does he do binkies any time you are around?
Those are signs that your bunny knows who you are and that he might trust you. What you want to do is to encourage and enforce positive behavior by allowing your bunny to demonstrate his affection. Let's say you have a hectic schedule you barely make time to eat and shower.....maybe a rabbit is just not the right pet for you. Rabbits need attention and friendship, meaning he needs your time. By spending time with your bunny you will identify what is his personality traits and then you can build on with that information in mind. I love to lay down in the floor and simply let the bunny run around without interrupting him, at all, no noise ,no baby talk, I first allow him to explore and exhaust himself and fulfill his desire of smelling, making with his chin and run. Then I might engage him with a toy or a treat, my buns love pine cones so I always play with those, I love to just let them explore my house ,they slide in my wood floor then flop in the front rug area.It's very easy to startle a bunny any sudden noise, loud voice even just a different face can really scare them. As a prey animal they have a built in instinct that makes them that way to protect them against predators, you see a dog is totally different because a dog is the predator. So understanding the nature of a rabbit is your first step on gaining your rabbits trust. To photograph, to pose or to groom I always like to be alone, I don't speak much I work with my hands. All my bunnies know my touch I have a firm touch and some don't like it but they tolerate it. You should never allow children to chase your bunny as he will develop a terrible feeling about humans. Just take the time to know your bunny and by spending time daily on his level(ground) he will eventually understand that you are a friend not a predator. You can help your bunny easy it's fear by never picking him up by the scruff, they associate that with a predator behavior, that's how they get pick up in the wild by carnivores, gently pick up your bunny with secured back legs and gentle voice, that will reassure him that you are a friend.
After all the research and reading my final thought on building trust is :spend quality time with your bunny, let him play, explore and rest by you and little by little the bond will flourish between both of you!
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