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BINKYBUNNY FORUMS > BONDING > how to bond my rabbit and dog
Last Post by Gordon at 10/06/2012 4:12 PM (9 Replies)
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User is Offline 0molly0
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10/01/2012 9:39 AM
he looks at her like shes food but he wont hurt her hes actually scared of her all because once she lunged to bite him on the nose and he keeps his distance now and watches her but he still looks at her like shes food and licks his lips ive had a rabbit before with this same dog he never hurt him  hes a red cloud kelpie he trys to round her up because hes a sheep dog hes a lovely dog he would never hurt anything and he never has!! has any one got any ideas on how to bond them?? pleease answer any one

User is Offline CinnabunMom
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10/01/2012 10:40 AM
Honestly trying to bond them is not the best idea. Even if you dog is really sweet and would never intentionally hurt the bun, dogs are much larger and more powerful than bunnies and they could accidently take a swipe at the bun (just playing) and kill the bunny. I'm not saying that small dogs and bunnies can't be friends, it's possible. But they must be supervised at all times since, again, the dog may think he's just playing with the bun, and one swipe of his paw could break her neck.

User is Offline Sam and Lady's Human
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10/01/2012 12:45 PM
I have my dog ( a beagle) with my girls, she doesn't have that "drive" though. You pretty much need to get your dog to the point where he doesn't fear her or like her, but rather is pretty much indifferent to her. From there they might grow to like each other, but they are 2 completely different species and 99.9% of the time won't really bond so much as tolerate each other

ETA- accidents happen when fear and the prey drive get together, so even though you think he won't hurt her, please watch him closely.

User is Offline 0molly0
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10/01/2012 7:01 PM
thanks for posting i understand where you guys are coming from but he has never hurt any of my pets i used to have a rabbit acouple of years ago his name was jack he never hurted him RIP jack i mean i might have molly on the couch with me and he would just sniff her and nudge her with his nose she doesnt mind at all she just keeps lying there molly doesnt mind him he keeps his distance from her but when shes just chilling he will come up to her and sniff her and lick her in an affectionate way litterally he will turn his head close his eyes and lick gently! but i just want to know how to bond them more i mean molly just ignores him!

User is Offline LittlePuffyTail
New Brunswick, Canada
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10/02/2012 3:17 AM
No matter how gentle the dog, it's my best advice to NEVER leave a bunny and dog unsupervised. Rabbits are prey animals, after all, and can be easily hurt or frightened.
Proud to be a Bunny Hugger and a voice for the voiceless

User is Offline 0molly0
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10/02/2012 6:15 AM
and no im all ways watching both of them when there around each other

User is Offline Monkeybun
Hillsboro, Oregon
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10/02/2012 12:02 PM
I'm still concerned about the "looks at her like she is food" thing. That worries me.

User is Offline 0molly0
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10/02/2012 7:09 PM
haha thats what i thaught but he is a sheep dog he only looks at her like that when hes rounding her up legit he rounds her up like a sheep dog haha funny but he doesnt hurt her thats the only time he looks like that its becoz he has his ears pricked up eyes wide open and tring to round her up but he has never hurt her and ive had them together for 1 year and a half now

User is Offline Elrohwen
Hudson Valley, NY
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10/05/2012 10:56 AM
From your description, it sounds like they get along pretty well already if he's able to be in the same room with her and not get reactive. I don't understand how he looks at her like food if you're saying he's good with her?

Honestly, rabbits and dogs don't speak the same language and don't know how to be friends. Having them get along in the same room (while supervised!) is really the most you can hope for. If you want him to stop trying to herd her (which I think would be a good idea, as bunnies generally don't like to be herded) train him on the "leave it" command. You can find some tutorials online, but basically he needs to learn to leave whatever he is focused on and return his focus to you when you ask.
- Elrohwen

User is Offline Gordon
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10/06/2012 4:12 PM
I have an English Bulldog/Boxer mix who is a real sweetheart. He is good with small animals and such, and is very obedient and minds his behavior. I am getting two new bunnies soon and the two will be completely apart (separate rooms), but I really want to get to the point where they are comfortable with each other in the same room, so I plan on bonding them a little. I don't expect them to be playing leapfrog in the living room while I am away, but I would be pleasantly satisfied if they were even indifferent Good luck with your bunny and dog! Keep two close eyes on 'em!
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