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User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/23/2007 4:29 PM
well i bought my bun a harness last sunday. and i am trying to let him get used to the feeling. so every single day i put the harness on him so i can follow him. and i want him to kind of follow me when he gets used to it. so how long should it take for him to do that? and do i need to take any steps to do it?
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline DAWN
Perth, Western Australia
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5/23/2007 4:38 PM
Aawww that so cute! I've never tried a harness on my buns ... think they would have a fit! Its great you got the harness on him in the first place.

I would probably just let him do his thing ... Does he seem comfortable in the harness? Just see how he goes and let him be the leader.

Sprinkles follows me around in the garden. I have a fully fenced yard so I let her roam around at her leisure, but she will let me know when she has had enough as she will scratch at the flyscreen door. She generally likes to lie in the garden bed amongst the plants. I just manage to see a bit of a black and white thing in the bed sticking up!

Good luck with the harness training ... sounds like fun.


User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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5/23/2007 7:28 PM
bunnies are pretty strong willed creatures and many have no inclination at all to walk on a leash. none of my rabbits have ever deigned to walk on a leash, but i know some buns who love it.

so, I have no personal experience to share - but I did find an article on bunny agility that includes a section on leash training. please let us know how it goes!

http://www.rabbitagility.com/traini...ticles.php

~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline Hedi
Dayton, OH
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5/23/2007 8:56 PM

Since Cooper is just so happy and friendly I thought he would be fun to attempt going outside to the park with. The girls wouldnt be interested. I think Cooper may have been outside before because if he sees you heading for the door he runs and catches up hoping to go out. My girls run the opposite direction.

I just bought him a harness last week and it was so cute because when I would try and put it on him he would lay down flat and put his chin on the ground so it wouldnt go on. lol We did finally get it on and he ran around the house with it. So we will try this again a few more times before we attempt to go outside. We will probably take him to my inlaws house since they live out in the country and they have a nice big yard-they even have wild buns!

Carrera 6yo Mini Rex
Pookie 5yo Dwarf
Cooper 2yo old Mini Lop
Hooper (Hooptie) 2yo Mini Rex

User is Offline DAWN
Perth, Western Australia
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5/23/2007 9:18 PM
That rope harness looks lethal ... there is no way I'd use that specific one on a buuny. Looks like the rope is digging into the bunny like it is strangling him.

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/24/2007 4:31 PM
oh. . . ok
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline DAWN
Perth, Western Australia
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5/24/2007 8:31 PM
Your bun Cookie has massive ears ...don't think I seen a rabbit with such huge sticky up ears ... all the better for earing you with my dear LOL.


User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/25/2007 12:39 PM
lol.
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline Bear
United Kingdom
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5/26/2007 1:05 AM
I tried Teddy with harness but he was havin none of it... it took 2 of us to try and attempt it.. first time he grabbed it off me and threw it across the room then next time i held him so that he would only bite me whilst my friend tried to put it on him and im pretty sure he does not have front paws.. they are very much hands lol.. he was throwing them around like arms and growling.. so we eventually just kept placing it on his back to get used to the feel and he just shook it off and jumped in his toilet box til he thought we would stop lol! guess il give my harness away to my friend as she was going do try one out on hers as Teddy is adament that it is NOT going on him lol!

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/26/2007 4:27 AM
lol!! Cookie doesn't like the harness that much. But i've been doing it since last sunday. so he's pretty used to it.
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline x liddo bunny x
Fullerton, California
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5/29/2007 12:23 AM
funny, my brother had just bought my bf a harness for his bun (but i use it for mine too) they look so cute in it. he had gotten the vest one. they didnt seem so much bothered by it when i put it on but my brothers said that they had a problem putting it on them. (they love their mommy better =P) at first they were not used to it so they would try to hop really really fast under the futon but as soon as they feel a little pressure they would stop. the think i like best is that the leash part is elastic so it puts lots of ease on them and doesnt choke them. =) and u can take off the leash and let them wear it as a vest. emo seemed to like the vest. once it was on, she didnt want to take it off. =P she looked too cute. i have pictures. (she still hates the flash so she looks really scared. kinda funny) ill post them on my myspace soon. =P
my name is Carolyn and my precious babies are 2 holland lops named Mochi and Emo and a uhh uhh not sure what he is.... but his name is Moogle

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/29/2007 2:47 PM
ok!! hurry!!!!! i want to see the pics!!
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline LillyBear
Chicago, IL
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5/29/2007 8:42 PM
my bun hated the harness.. . until we took her outside in it.. now she knows if the harness is going on, she gets to go outside.. so now she doesn't even fuss when we put it on!!!
Lilly - 3.5 y/o french lop mix
Harry - 2.5 month old mini lop
Henry (RIP)- 3 y/o holland lop

User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/30/2007 4:26 AM
that's so cute!
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline skunklionshow
City of Brotherly "Shove"
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5/30/2007 12:08 PM

Jessica HATED the harness!  Here's a disturbing story....

On occasion the hubby and I bring one of our cats outside to enjoy a sunny day when we are out in the yard.  We always harness the cats, b/c I don't want to worry about one running off.  We never take out more than one cat at a time.  Anyway, Wolfy (our youngest & most spry) was out in the garden w/ us as we were doing our yard work.  We live in a Philly twin, so our postage stamp yard directly abuts both next door neighbors.  The rear of the yard is a stone retaining wall.  Atop the wall is the next street, an overgrown alley.  Our next door neighbors wall has partially fallen down.  W/ all the overgrowth (Eastern Ivy)...that passage has become the neighborhood animal super hwy.  We've even been in the yard when animal families stroll in to make use of this prime highway bypass.  These animals don't care if humans are present.  We've had opossum and raccoon FAMILIES use this as their personal roadway.

Anyway...a bird flew by and Wolfy wrangled out of his figure eight harness and was off to the super hwy.  My husband ran out to the front yard to start running around the block.  Its only a super hwy for animals, not humans, and I grabbed the tippy hair on Wolfy's tail.  I barely was able to get an ample grasp on him.  I could freak thinking about Wolfy running off and something happening to him.  He hasn't gone out since!  Now only our 20 lb Tom is allowed to go out in the garden...he's just to fat to be spry!

"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated." Ghandi


User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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5/30/2007 1:03 PM
wow!!! that was close.
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline BB
San Francisco Area
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6/01/2007 11:52 AM
Posted By skunklionshow on 05/30/2007 2:08 PM


These animals don't care if humans are present.  We've had opossum and raccoon FAMILIES use this as their personal roadway.

 


FYI for anyone who has raccoons that venture about the yard.   I just recently learned a few weeks ago that raccoons can carry a deadly disease to rabbits. It affect their nervous system and there is no cure.  I found this out when I took Bailey in for the weakness of her back legs, and the vet asked me if I had raccoons that ventured into the yard and if I let Bailey outside.    She then told me the name (which for the life of me I cannot remember the name - will ask on Monday, when I return)  which can also display symptoms much like e.cuniculi, but the disease is more deadly and it can act quickly.   It is passed via urine and feces that is left on plants, lawn etc.     Doesn't mean every raccoon is infected, but how are we to know if a raccoon is infected or not, so we just have to be careful. 

and actually, I'm not sure what being careful means...as I do want my bunnies to enjoy outside when supervised, but I will be looking for ways they can play out in the fresh air with minimal danger.  Right now, I haven't let them out because they get fleas!   It's crazy  flea season around here.

Once I get the name of the disease, I will be looking into the percentages of raccoons that have it and what parts of the country/world may have more problems with it.

 

UPDATE:  Okay, Here's the name and more information:

Baylisascaris 

here's the info on it.

http://www.cdc.gov/Ncidod/dpd/paras...scaris.htm http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/eid/vol8n...1-0273.htm

The article above does discuss it regarding human infection but what I've read and been  told by the vet was that children are more susceptible. (they say this because not necessariliy because of the immune system, but because they are more likely to get down on the ground, hands and mouth contact - but even adults can get it)    So obviously that's scary!!  Our pets are also very vulnerable when it comes to surviving it.   The House Rabbit Society says it infests 68 to 82% of some raccoon populations.

So though I don't think anyone should freak and panic about it, it's something to be aware of.


User is Offline cookie627
Naperville, IL
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6/01/2007 1:49 PM
wow. another reason why i don't wan to take Cookie outside.
My adorable baby
Cookie 1 year old

User is Offline MooBunnay
Dallas, Texas (Allen)
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6/01/2007 6:11 PM
I am trying to imagine my Juli on a harness, its pretty funny, I have NO DOUBT that she would know exactly which way I want her to go, and then hop in precisely the opposite direction! And Kramer, he's such a baby about things, he flies into a corner and hides when I turn the WATER on, if he was outdoors he'd probably be shaking in his little bunny harness!

User is Offline x liddo bunny x
Fullerton, California
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6/01/2007 11:53 PM
oh, i got the picture of emo in her harness. =P its on my my-space though... once i get the chance ill post it here. =)
my name is Carolyn and my precious babies are 2 holland lops named Mochi and Emo and a uhh uhh not sure what he is.... but his name is Moogle
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