Without doubt any rabbit owners dream is to live with an amiable companion rabbit. It has been established via experience that the cottontails are very gifted, smart, social animals and it is pretty easy to train these little folks via provision of proper and timely incentives by the owner.
Unluckily, many owners fail to train their rabbits; either because they use the off beam tactics or they do not employ an adequate amount of time on Rabbit Training. However if any owner relishes to build an enhanced relationship with their bunny, they need to follow the guidance provided here in.
All-Purpose Training Guidelines
When it comes to living with an endearing companion rabbit, the only better treat can be living with a well-trained confidante bunny. Rabbits can be taught simple actions and trickeries by the use of positive as well as mild negative reinforcement and a lot of patience. Following are some guidelines listed for any type of training to be followed:
Cottontails do not have the natural instinct of being chiefly motivated to delight the “top rabbit.” This fact establishes that tough punishment, for example yelling or whopping will not make the rabbit more cooperative. Rabbits are very clever, gifted and zealously retort to encouragements and rewards and a correct use of these incentives will cause most rabbits to react positively and quickly.
when beginning training, one needs to decide on a really tasty, sugary treat that the bunny does not get often, for instance, alfalfa hay or yogurt drops. It should be given to the rabbit once or twice before training begins so that it identifies what that is, making sure that the rabbit delights in it. If one is uncertain as to their bunny’s favorite treat, they should try to figure it out by experimenting with different ones and the owner should also make definite that certain food is safe for the rabbit.
Timing of the rewards
Treats should be given to the rabbit straightaway when a request is executed. For example, while training a rabbit to come to the owner upon being called, the reward should be given ad the precise time when the rabbit reaches the owner. Also, the trainer will need to be consistent and they should make sure that the little companion knows why it is getting a treat. The owner should use the precise commands, such as “Sit, (Name of the bunny),” or “Up, (Name of the bunny),” each time, to help him be aware of the owner’s requests and associate those particular words with receiving a treat.
Number of treats
one will have to keep providing treats until the rabbit follows commands properly nearly every time. Care should be taken as to not skimp on the rewards while trying to teach the bunny a new skill; thoroughly conditioning of the rabbit needs to be assured here.
The owner should gradually wean the rabbit off treats when it learns the request firmly. One should also begin to give delights less frequently once the bunny has a skill down pat. This can ideally be done by giving it his reward once and then not the next time, or the treat can be given only every few times. In due course, the need to give a treat will come to an end. In the meantime, the usual rewards of the bunny should be the petting and toys, and the food should be used intermittently in order to keep the behavior strong.
Devoting plenty of time
One needs to plan on devoting at least thirty minutes, in the beginning and if possible an hour or two, day by day, to train their rabbit, for best results. It may seem like scores of time, but in the long run it will be well worth it. Training will most likely be needed to carry out only for a week or two, results might even be positive from the very first day.
The place to train
A small room, short of any distractions, should be made familiar to the rabbit before commencement of Rabbit Training; this will prevent him from getting too busy exploring the room rather than being trained! Instead of putting the bunny loose in the room, one may also set up a hefty exercise pen to train the rabbit. This will help avert the rabbit from running away to explore or get stuck under or damaging the furniture.