Eating greens is a happy thing, and leaves the impression that bonding is fun! Make sure to put out several piles of greens, so your rabbits can start with some distance and work up to eating from the same pile. Some dogs are very calm around rabbits, and show no prey drive whatsoever. Respect your rabbit’s boundaries. Rabbits love company. Keep the dog lying down while the rabbit investigates. Be prepared to sleep near them in a sleeping bag or on the couch! Rabbits like to run and some dogs like to chase. Taking the time, reading up, and waiting for two spayed or neutered rabbits to be introduced will ensure you the best possible chance at a loving, bonded relationship. Factors That Affect Dog Bonding. Learning how to read your rabbit's body language and give him what he needs will help your rabbit learn to trust you and deepen the bond between human and pet. This is just how I did it. If your dog does not do well with cats he may be difficult to introduce to a rabbit. A dog who goes bonkers and completely ignores you whenever the slightest distraction presents itself is not a good candidate for rabbit-friend. Training should build the bond of trust and respect between you and Fido. If your rabbit leaves in the middle of an interaction, let them. Introducing dogs and rabbits should be done with caution and preparation. Edie suggests this is a great exercise to break the ice at the beginning, after a game of chase, or a terrific ending to a date. A low prey drive dog is gentle with other animal species, even in play. So, if you want a better relationship with your new dog, try these dog bonding tips to get going. Dogs should be obedience trained to ease the introduction. This introduction is known as bonding. A rabbit can be an adorable, beloved pet, but because rabbits exist as prey animals in the wild they can often be frightened and mistrustful of humans. Even rabbits who have been injured can bond. Let the injured rabbit heal completely physically and emotionally before any more attempts at bonding. But go gently and very slowly, and watch carefully. In addition, rabbits are not quick to forget, so a bad fight could hinder future bonding sucess. The rabbits need to establish trust now with a bad history behind them, rather than a blank slate. If you want to bond with your rabbit and teach them to trust you, above all you have to remember to respect your rabbit’s boundaries. A rabbit who is feeling comfortable around another rabbit will eat. But some dogs DO have an instinct to hunt and potentially hurt a rabbit. Edie Sayeg, bonding counselor for the Georgia House Rabbit Society, describes it as putting the rabbit next to each other and stroke them on foreheads, just the way they like to be stroked. Rabbits can do SERIOUS damag Can we ever overcome the dog's instinct for predation? The two animals can be friends, even curl up and nap together. But they are fussy about what friends they keep and fights (causing severe injuries) can break out if you don’t introduce rabbits properly. Look for these dog traits: • Low prey drive is REQUIRED • Dog follows basic commands such as ‘sit’, ‘down’, ’stay’, and ‘leave it’ • Calm, submissive dog However, there are three golden… There are many different methods and techniques used to bond rabbits. "Microspace" coupled with "Marathon" Rabbit Bonding - easiest and fastest method in 1 week! It’s not always easy to bond with a dog as several factors can impact the bond-building process: Your dog’s age: Older dogs might have established preferences and habits that can be tougher to change. 15. When they don’t want to interact right now, then leave them alone. **Please note: with this method (and pretty much any other rabbit bonding method) you must supervise at all times, even at night! Start out with the dog on a leash lying down next to you and let the rabbit explore the area. 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