If you just got a new bunny and you are about to begin trying to get it to trust you, these steps will help you.
1.Let the rabbit to get used to its surroundings. Let him/her learn that his/her hutch is a safe place where food and shelter is. If your rabbit doesn’t know that, he/she will never learn to trust the person who put it there. Never allow anything even remotely dangerous into the hutch, and make sure it’s always well-stocked with food and water.
2.Use a carry box to bring him/her in with you. Put the rabbit in his/her hutch and allow the rabbit to walk in. Close the door and transport the bunny. Let him/her walk out when he/she wants to.
3.Just sit with your bunny. No sudden movements; no touching or stroking the rabbit. This will allow him/her to get used to your presence and relax with you there.
4. Allow the rabbit to climb on you; try to avoid jerking. The rabbit must learn that you aren’t something that’s going to lure it closer and then grab him/her. He/she must learn that you are safe to be around.
5.Spend time with your rabbit daily. Do daily sessions for half an hour of just sitting with him/her like this.
After a couple of days, he/she will know that you are safe to be around.
6.Then you can start stroking your rabbit. Don’t be excessive but let it know that stroking is completely harmless and a way of expressing love. Do not crowd your rabbit or be on him/her at all times. Just stroke him/her if he/she sits down next to you or something like that.
7.Then you can start handling your rabbit. Start slowly, picking him/her up twice a day to bring him/her in and out to be with you.
8.When your rabbit seems more comfortable in your arms – he/she will never be completely comfortable – pick him/her up just for a cuddle sometimes, or to move your rabbit.
9. Maintain the rabbit’s trust. Don’t stop just because he/she trusts you; you should see him/her every day anyway to maintain your good relationship and build on the trust you’ve already created.
1.Always speak quietly and don’t have loud noises like the tv on when the rabbit is in.
3.When feeding your rabbit, spend time with him/her; pick him/her up for a cuddle, stroke your rabbit etc., but only when you have got to the 9th step.
Rabbits have claws and teeth, so they might bite or scratch you!