|Barked: Tue Nov 20, '12 4:21pm PST |
|Ah, Tornado! I miss that angry furball! I still have the scar on my thumb where he bit me as a kitten. It's hard to see, but it's there. He always reminded me of Buster (childhood rabbit), their personalities were so similar.
I think if someone is going to get an animal, they need to do as much research as possible into the species, they need to keep it in a species appropriate environment, feed it a species appropriate diet, and species appropriate training. Clicker training is the only method I know of that can be successfully used with different species of animal. Dolphins, horses, dogs, cats, and rabbits have all been successfully trained using that method.
The only problem with it is the click sometimes scares timid animals. I tried clicker training my oldest sisters dog, Echo, and she freaked out the first time she heard the click and since then, she associated that sound and clicker with evil. Every time she saw me pick up the clicker, she would tuck tail and run from me. I would assume a timid rabbit or other critter might possibly react the same way. But, it really is the only universal training method I'm aware of.
I'm not an expert on rabbits by any stretch of the imagination, I just love them. But, no one has to be an expert on rabbits to realize that pinning and alpha rolling a rabbit in order to show it you're the boss in the house is just plain stupid. It doesn't take an expert on rabbit behavior to realize that the rabbit you've just pinned or rolled on it's back is probably having a panic attack thinking it's about to die. Good luck with trust issues from now on! It's a great way to turn a gentle rabbit into a raging monster who will attack anything that tries to touch it.
I do put Ava onto her back on my lap in order to clip her nails, but I do it slowly and gently and if she shows the slightest fear, I let her turn over. This last time I clipped her nails I was able to clip all of them without her wanting to get up and she even fell asleep! I always look at it as a personal victory if I can get a rabbit to trust me.
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