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So....I started a thread about this before HERE but never asked for solutions. Lola is irrationally PETRIFIED of the oven (and grill....but we don't use it as often so not as a big of an issue). Our apartment is only 500 sq ft so we can't move her out of the living room to a den or something so she is further away from the oven. Has anyone else found a solution to this problem?
We are baking tater tots right now for lunch and she is FREAKING out.....
Soothing music wouldn't be pampering, but it might become associated with the oven in her bunny brain so that she's scared when she hears music as well as when the oven is on. You could try putting a different association on the music; play it when you stroke Lola or give her treats or when she gets something she really likes, and then when you see that the music alone makes her happy you can try putting it on before the oven/grill/etc starts and seeing if it soothes her.
Another (more stressful for Lola) way of desensitising her might be to put the oven on frequently for short periods, say 5 minutes three times a day. It will help speed up her learning that "oven does not mean impending death". Though as said above, if it's just an irrational phobia then nothing may work
Just to re-iterate I am no bunny expert. I am an animal behaviourist but I focused my research (and my studies during my degree) on livestock, and in classes we mainly looked at cats, dogs and horses. So I'm just talking about general principles, and they might not be applicable with rabbits. I really don't know but I wish I could help.
she'll hunker down in a corner as soon as the oven starts heating up