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How To Be Your Bunny's Best Friend
If you have a new bunny rabbit, or even an old one that you've had for a while, but the bunny doesn't seem to like you, then this hub is for you. Some bunnies are cuddly and friendly and love to be petted, and other bunnies just want to be left alone all the time. If your bunny doesn't like to be cuddled and petted, then you have some work to do to become friends with it, but don't worry, you can do it!
Spend quiet time with your bunny. Good quiet times to spend with your bunny are when you are reading, or watching tv, if your bunny is an indoor bunny. Just being around you without you trying to touch it will teach your bunny that you can be trusted. If your rabbit is not in a cage, you might even find that he or she hops up to you and nuzzles you during quiet time. The first few times he or she does this, don't touch them, just let the bunny explore. Later on, you can reward the bunny and yourself by giving the bunny head rubs.
Even the meanest, angriest bunny loves head rubs. To give your bunny head rubs, very gently rub your fingers from its nose up to between its ears. You will probably find that your bunny relaxes and lowers its head for you to give it more rubs. Rabbits often don't like to be petted too much, but all rabbits need to be groomed sometimes, so make the times you give head rubs separate from the times you groom him or her. If your rabbit gets angry during grooming, don't let it get away, but make sure that it is safe and that it cannot kick its back legs out in the air. This is very dangerous for rabbits, who can kick too hard and break their backs. If you're a child, getting an adult to help you is a very good idea.
You should not give your rabbit too many treats as they can make its poo messy, but a little piece of carrot, apple, or dandelion leaf will go a long way towards making friends with your rabbit. It helps if your rabbit associates you with good things.
These three things will all help you to become good friends with your bunny. Remember, being patient and being quiet will make your bunny love you much more than running around and yelling near the bunny and trying to pick it up all the time. Rabbits are gentle little creatures that need quiet, gentle attention.