How to discipline your bunny
How to discipline your bunny
Judging the right amount of discipline to use with a bunny can be critical to offer them enough gentle guidance to change their behavior without causing them stress which can be harmful and make them timid. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do that can help stop unwanted behavior and still leave you being the best of friends.
Firstly, never push or hit or grab your bunny, discipline is not punishment and your bunny will simply not understand physical discipline. Unlike dogs for instance where you may steer their behavior with a firm touch, any sort of physical aggressive with a bunny can trigger antisocial behavior leaving them permanently disturbed. This can make your bunny fearful of you, turning away from you when attempts to approach them making them less affectionate as a result. It may even result in them becoming aggression towards you, biting or scratching you when you feed or pet them.
Shouting or loud clapping should also be avoided. Bunnies have very sensitive hearing and loud noises can also trigger a fear response that will ultimately lead to timid or anti-social behavior. You could also find yourself and other family members becoming stressed with this behavior as well so its best avoided.
Only use discipline when you catch your bunny in the act or any telling off will be wasted. If it's a second afterwards they won't associate the punishment with what they are doing, and it will be wasted.
The best way to let your rabbit know it's not allowed to do something is by saying their name followed by a firm NO! If they keep going back to their naughty behavior then take them away from the situation and give them something more interesting to do and encourage them by spending time with them.
If this is having no effect, then you may want to try using some stronger methods of telling your bunny off. Why not try using a water mister, the cold mist will deter them without causing them harm.
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Why are bunnys hard to discipline
Using discipline with a rabbit is very different to cats and dogs. Dogs grow up leaning how to behave in a pack and kittens have the guidance of their mother. These natural instincts to learn behaviour have further been developed by thousands of years of domestication which ultimately helps us control them. Rabbits on the other hand are hidden by their mothers mostly undisturbed when they grow up so learn to survive on their own.
That are still very much wild animals and don’t have many boundaries either as they grow up or in adult life, so setting boundaries for them is very hard to achieve and can be misunderstood by them.
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