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Fun Tricks for Rabbits

Did you know that bunnies can learn tricks? While you probably won’t be able to teach your bunny complicated tricks, you can show your pet some really cute and fun ones. Cuteness aside, there are some definite benefits to teaching your rabbit tricks. If your rabbit is properly trained to come when called, you can let her out of her cage for longer times. Training will also keep your rabbit’s mind stimulated, which is never a bad thing. In this article, your veterinarian Brookfield goes over a few simple tricks you can teach your rabbit.

Come When Called

Rabbits can definitely learn their names. To teach your pet rabbit to come when called, sit a short distance away, and hold out a treat. Call your rabbit by name. If you do this consistently, your bunny will soon learn to come to you when you call her.

Jump

We all know that rabbits love to hop, so teaching your bunny to jump on command is pretty easy. Start by holding a treat up high just enough for her to have to jump for it, and, calling your bunny by name, tell her to jump. Once she has this mastered, you can train her to jump onto your lap!

Cage Time!

Another easy trick you can teach a rabbit is going into her cage on command. This one may be as useful as it is cute! Sit or stand beside your rabbit’s cage, holding a treat out to her. As your bunny approaches, move the treat into the cage, and tell her to go in. She has to see the treat move for this to work.

More Fun Tricks

Once your bunny has these simple tricks mastered, why stop there? You can also teach rabbits to fetch, jump through hoops, slide down a little slide, walk on a leash, or even play dead. Believe it or not, rabbits can even learn to play piano!

All of these tricks can require a bit of time to sink in, so don’t expect your rabbit to get them right away. Shorter, more frequent sessions will generally work better than hour-long classes. You can also try clicker training, which is often very successful with rabbits. When training any animal, consistency, repetition, and reward are key.

Do you have any questions about rabbit care or behavior? If so, don’t hesitate to contact us at any time. As your veterinary clinic Brookfield, we are here to help.

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