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Last Post by Gravehearted at 10/08/2006 11:43 AM (6 Replies)
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User is Offline Pixie
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9/21/2006 9:57 PM
Hello all.  I just found this site a couple of months ago and have been lurking ever since.  Seems as though I've always had a rabbit of one type or another all my life. Currently I have two.  Clover is a six year old Netherland Dwarf and Toby is a four month old Lop.  As the age would indicate Toby is a new addition to the family.  Things started off a little rough.  The main issue was with Clover who would growl and dig at Toby when he got too close.  They are now both getting along much better and will frequently chase each other around the house.  They certainly have their own unique personalities.  Clover for instance has always been a growler, mostly when anyone approaches the cage to feed her. I guess you could say she's a little territorial.  You can pick her up and pet her, but when she's had enough she'll let you know.  Toby on the other hand is very affectionate.  He'll lay back in your arms like a baby for as long as you're willing to hold him.  Life is pretty interesting with these two.

User is Offline BB
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9/24/2006 6:59 PM

WELCOME KSharp!!  I am glad you crossed over from lurker to poster! 

Clover sounds like a typical Netherland Dwarf.   They can be sweet, but they can pack a big attitude into a little body can't they?

When they chase each other does it every escalate?  Or what happens exactly?  Many times this is a dominance display.

Chasing and a little hair pulling is okay, but now that Toby is reaching sexual maturity, his hormones could cause major conflicts, so just watch to be sure it doesn't turn into a full blown fight.

It sure is amazing how different bunny personalities are.   And now that more people are keeping them with them in their homes, they are able to really see this. 

User is Offline Cuddles_Momma
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9/26/2006 6:34 AM
Welcome to the group!
Mom to 7 month old Dutch bun Cuddles

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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9/26/2006 8:09 AM
welcome KSharp :-)
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!

User is Offline bunnymama
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10/07/2006 7:18 AM
Hi - I'm new to the site also and love it. I have a 5 month old female Netherlands Dwarf named Baby. She is quite a hand full. She hates to be picked up and hates being put into her cage - she feels that she should never have to go into the cage. I chased her for 25 minutes yesterday before going to work -needless to say - I was exhausted. I'm going to try tossing a towel over her and then bunny burrito her and try and put her into the cage that way. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

She also is diggin into the carpet and into me when on my lap. I was going to try an enclosed cat litter dome but I'm not sure what to put in it to encourage her to dig in it. I use corncob and recycled paper chunks in her litter pan. Any suggestions?

Also lost power this week and had a hard time seeing a gray bunny against gray carpeting and gray walls but the binky bunny flop wreath and willow tunnel kept her busy most of the 2 nights we had no power. Thank goodness for having those!

Love the site and products --thanks!

Bunny Mama

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10/07/2006 9:24 PM
WELCOME BUNNY MAMA!    We are happy to have you here.  Thanks for the kudos about the site.  We are working hard to make it a fun informational place to come.   There are a few quirks in the forum we are trying to iron out, but as new updates with the software become available, we are expecting continued improvement.

There are many members who have had the same issues you are dealing with right now, and I'm sure there will be more posted tips to help you.

The destructive behavior: 
That should get better after the hormones die down (can take up to six weeks) and as she ages, but young bunnies (under 2 years) can really  be energenic and need things to keep them busy to prevent destruction. 

The digging box is a good idea. 
Stay away from corncob as that can cause impaction in a bunny's digestive tract.   Instead, crumple up paper in a loose little balls, (golf ball size, and use shredded paper if you have a shredder. Some bunnies like to also push, and rearrange blankets, so if you have an old toss blanket, you can try that too.  (if your bunny starts eating it, then take it away)

Place phone books in the area your bunny likes to chew and/or place a phone book in the path of your bunny - just partly blocking one of her regular routes - like behind the couch  or ?? 

Also, it might be a good idea to just use a plain old cardboard box first before purchasing a kitty dome.  She may not be interested in a digging box, and so you haven't wasted any $$. .   Also, when you do create an enclosed dig box or hiding place make two holes - many rabbits prefer to have two escape routes, otherwise they won't stay long.

Bunnies dig for many reasons - Regarding Carpet
:  1. Boredom (but that's not always the case!)  2. To try and make a sunken lounge area.   3.  A smell from food, a particular cleaner, a previous pet (even though it's not detectable by us)    Either way, chewing carpet is never acceptable, so I keep a squirt water bottle near by so I can shoot a harmless stream of water to chase the bunny away.  If a bunny does it again, then s/he should be put back in her pen.   It will take time for her to understand, but it doesn't take tooo long for them to associate carpet chewing with lack of freedom.

Regarding diggin at your lap, again could be several reasons. 
   1.  Move!   2. Put me down!  3. Pet me!   If it hurts when  your bunny does this, give out a little high pitched squeel as this is how they communicate to each other regarding pain.   This should make her stop, unless she wants down, and doesn't care if it hurts you.

Regarding how to catch her.  For now, you may have to catch her with the towel method, but even with that, once you have caught her place her just before then entrance of her cage, and block off escape, so that she will go in on her own.  THEN, give her a treat for entering.  As she is going into the cage and while you are giving the treat, repeat the a key word like "home" so she begins to associate going into her cage with that word.   Depending on the bunny, it can take a few days or a few months. (Don't use the key word when  you are trying to catch her with the towel - of course)

My bunnies know  words like litterbox, get home and treat very well.  You can even start with teaching your bunny the word treat - as they learn this one VERY quickly.   This way, you can actually entice your bunny to the location you want with that word, and then teach him a new word with a new assocation  - like home, and litterbox etc.  

It's easy to teach a bunny "Treat!".  Many people say their bunny comes running at the sound of opening a package.   If yours already does this, then you just say the word, with the sound, and then just eliminate the sound.    Otherwise, you just say the word treat exactly at the moment you give the treat to your bunny.   So that you don't overload your bunny with treats, which can be immediately very harmful for him, just cut the treat up into tiny little itsy bitsy pieces.   Do training sessions like this everyday.

Well, that's it for now - quite a novel!  It's also late, and I am boogly-eyed, so forgive any grammar typos etc.  I'm sleepy...zzzzzz

User is Offline Gravehearted
Campbell, CA
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10/08/2006 11:43 AM
welcome bunnymama! you got lots of great suggestions from BinkyBunny :-)

Is Baby spayed yet? Bunnies tend to be less destructive post-spay. I also use treats to get my bunnies in - although mostly I give them hay at bedtime - which for some reason is still very exciting and they'll run in for it. :-)
~ bunny mom to to HRH Hareiette, Viktor the crazy Krum and Pandora, prima binky ballerina ~ Save a life, Adopt!
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