Training a Companion Rabbit

by Nancy J. LaRoche  Copyright 1995 - All Rights Reserved  (May be copied for free distribution) Definitions  Certain words used in this article need to be explained in order to increase communication between reader and author: CompanionsThose who share a home and consciously interact with each other (a "family"). They may include rabbits, cats, people, dogs, and others who meet these qualifications. Companions do not own each other!. This is a false notion encouraged by words often paired ...
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Traveling With Your Rabbit

by Nancy J. LaRoche  Copyright 2003 - All Rights Reserved  (May be copied for free distribution) Most rabbits must travel at one time or another, perhaps only to a veterinarian, but possibly on an extended trip. Because it is a relatively infrequent event, traveling may stress rabbits to some extent. With a little forethought, you can minimize this stress. Traveling needn’t be an ordeal! Short Car Trips  The most common trip your rabbits will make is a trip to the veterinarian, since they sh...
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Walking Down–Retrieving a Rabbit

by Nancy J. LaRoche  Copyright 1997 - All Rights Reserved  (May be copied for free distribution) Perhaps you've thought about letting your rabbits play for awhile in a fenced backyard. You may have hesitated to do so because you're afraid you'll never catch them. But this fear denies your rabbits the joy and physical benefits of exercising in the sun and fresh air. If you decide to give your rabbits this privilege, remember: rabbits must have your constant supervision when outdoors for many rea...
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Games To Play With Your Rabbit

by Nancy J. LaRoche  Copyright 1997 - All Rights Reserved  (May be copied for free distribution) By definition, a game should be something that is fun. But there can be some serious purposes for playing a game. When we play with our rabbits, we are increasing their bond to us, stimulating them mentally and encouraging stretching and exercising of muscles. Try some of the following: Hold a papaya tablet or other treat in a loosely closed fist. Hold both fists out to the rabbit. Make him use ...
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Getting Your Rabbit to Exercise

Exercise is as important as diet to maintain both health and good weight. To encourage exercise, get a package of paper lunch sacks. Lay one on its side. On the first day, put a thin layer of alfalfa on the side of the sack. Flatten the sack, roll it up like a cinnamon roll and tie with raffia. Drop it on the floor in the bunnies' space. They'll probably spend several hours tearing it apart and getting every last bit of alfalfa out of it. Do the same thing the next day at about the same ti...
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When a Rabbit Loses a Friend

by Nancy J. LaRoche  Copyright 2006 - All Rights Reserved  (May be copied for free distribution) The Bonded Pair  One of the great blessings in the life of a rabbit is being bonded to another rabbit. But of course, with such a bond, eventually, one will lose the other. When this happens, the survivor’s human must take certain steps to avoid the surviving rabbit from sinking into deep depression which can threaten his or her life as well, especially if they were very devoted. (more…)
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