Rabbits make excellent pets since they are highly intelligent and can be taught to do fun tricks. Typically, rabbits are highly driven by treats and will go to any lengths to obtain that delicious slice of banana. Spending time and developing a close relationship with your pet may be a lot of fun through training.
I created these skills that I impart to my rabbits. These tricks employ a mix of clicker training, enticing, and straightforward classical conditioning as training methods.
1. Arrive when prompted
I’ve tried a few different methods to train my bunnies to recognize their names and come when called. I began by attempting the clicker training method, which employs a click sound to aid the rabbit in learning the right behavior.
The fundamental measures you should do are:
As you give your rabbit a reward, call their name. When they are already next to you and taking the treat out of your hand, you should initially only say their name (or whatever signal word you wish to use).
When your rabbit approaches, call their name and reward them with a goodie. Try calling your rabbits’ names while they are not right next to you after calling their names for a few weeks while giving them treats. Give them a treat if they approach to strengthen the cue.
2. I’ll kiss you
It’s surprisingly simple to teach a rabbit the trick of giving kisses. In less than a day, some rabbits will be able to calculate this out. Even a few rabbits I’ve worked with were able to figure it out in about five minutes.
For a treat, raise your rabbit’s nose.
Put the treat close to your face.
So that the rabbit has to look for the treat, conceal it in your hand.
Give your rabbit the treat when they begin to sniff around your mouth and make a kissing noise.
Don’t be impatient if this takes a few days if this is your first time teaching your rabbit tricks. The idea is to draw the rabbit’s nose up close to your face, let it sniff about a bit, and then reward it when it does so effectively.