How to get a dwarf rabbit to become attached
Some people are surprised when they see their rabbits or their friends’ rabbits behaving like “pets”. In fact, many people don’t even know that rabbits are wonderful house pets that can provide strong emotions just like cats or dogs, in their own unique way.
But how can you make a dwarf rabbit grow attached to you?
Actually, rabbits can be very expressive. For example, when they are happy and full of energy, they hop and jump around the room like arrows. When they are angry or hungry, instead, they chew on anything nearby: from furniture to books to carpets. When they want to get your attention, they dig with their little paws on your feet or leg to interrupt you and receive cuddles. And if, finally, they think you are in their way, they give you strong nudges to make you move.
Understand their language to build a relationship of trust
Understanding your rabbit’s language will certainly help you build a solid and lasting relationship with them. But if you have just adopted a rabbit, you may not know where to start.
Here are some tips:
- Rabbits are more comfortable when they stay at ground level. Your rabbit may not appreciate being lifted and held constantly. You will immediately notice if it is to their liking or not when you put them back on the ground. They may run away, or even nibble or puff at you. In any case, if you do it repeatedly, the effect will be to make them hide scared every time they hear you coming.
- If you find yourself in this situation, don’t be afraid, just sit on the ground patiently and let your rabbit come to you and establish a relationship at their “height”.
- Every rabbit has their “weak spot” for cuddles. You will need to discover your furry friend’s preferences to understand exactly what they enjoy the most. However, be aware that rabbits usually do not like to be stroked on their belly or have their tail touched.
- Another tip I can give you is to take advantage of the post-lunch nap. If your rabbit doesn’t seem like a very cuddly type, I’m sure they will appreciate your cuddles after a nice lunch. This effect is easy to explain: rabbits are very curious animals, so during the day they can be distracted by a thousand noises or objects that attract their attention. After lunch, they will be so satisfied and calm that they will want your cuddles more than a tour of the house.
Just like every one of us, every rabbit has their own personality, tastes, and habits. The best advice I can give you to make your dwarf rabbit attached to you is to spend as much time as possible with them. You will learn their language over time and with a little patience, and you will give them the opportunity to trust you and become fond of you.