Teach your rabbit to sit on your lap

Rabbits are such adorable and affectionate pets, but it can take a while before they trust people. Before you start teaching your bunny to sit on your lap, you first have to gain his trust, and you will need to be patient with him.

Building trust

Slowly but surely, your rabbit will learn to trust you, if you spend lots of time with him. During these special times, don’t force him to do anything, rather lure him with something that all animals love – food. By using his favourite treats, you can gain his trust over time.

Next step

Even though your rabbit might trust you, chances are that he won’t jump onto your lap by himself. Most rabbits need to learn this, as it is not part of their natural behaviour. A younger rabbit might take a little longer to learn new things, as he might get easily distracted. And the more active he is, the more patience you’ll need to teach him the new skill.

Treats as rewards

To lure your rabbit onto your lap, you need tiny bits of treats close by. Use food that he loves, and take the number of treats into consideration when you calculate his daily food allowance. Keep in mind that carrots have high levels of sugar, and too many sugary foods are not good for his digestive system.

might have lost interest in the training session. Keep the training sessions short, and preferably teach him before a meal, so that he’s hungry enough to want the treat.

To find out what the three steps are, get the May 2022 issue of Animaltalk magazine from leading retailers, or order a digital or printed copy from www.coolmags.co.za



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