Remember that rabbits are prey animals. Work with them slowly and gently and watch for signs of fear or distress such as those listed above under defensive posturing.
Rabbits can learn to respond to some basic words, such as their name and the word “Come” when called, “Let’s go”, and “No”. They respond to the tone of your voice, appreciate praise and reconsider their behaviour when hearing firmness.
When implementing any of the training techniques with rabbits, remember to work with patience and consistency.
Harness and Leash Training: Rabbits enjoy exploring the sounds and smells of the outdoors, which can be a welcome adventure outside their enclosure. However, the rabbit must be on a leash for safety. You will need to teach the rabbit to wear a harness first.
Learn how to teach a rabbit to wear a harness & use a leash.
Clicker training is a scientifically proven, hands-free and initially voice free means of animal training. It uses a signal to give accurate information and feedback to your rabbit about the behaviour you want him/her to learn. Learn about Clicker Training in a Nutshell.
Teaching a Rabbit Agility Jumping: Jumping is natural and fun for rabbits and can showcase a special talent to your adopters. Learn how to teach rabbit agility jumping.
Rabbit Litter Training: Training the rabbits in your care to use a litter box has many benefits which may include easier clean-up, less staff time, and a more appealing environment for the adopter.
- Clean by nature, most rabbits will choose one corner of the cage as a bathroom
- As soon as the rabbit’s choice is clear, put a newspaper-lined litter box in that corner; and cover the bottom with hay or pelleted litter
- You can also line the enclosure with a sheet or newspaper to show clear separation of living area and littering area
- Never use pine or cedar shavings as litter, as the fumes can make the rabbit sick
- Any clay cat litter can cause respiratory or gastrointestinal problems