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I am new to the site and this is my first bunny. Eggo is a 10 month old neutered Lionhead, and I have had him since he was 8 weeks old. he has a pretty large habitat, he has his cage set up with a play pen around it and he has free reign in that. However, Eggo still likes to get out as much as he can. The first thing you have to know about Eggo is that he has a VERY strong personality. He has always been VERY ornery and sassy. Well lately whenever I let him out he doesn't run around, he hides under my bed and just rips at the carpet. I'm tried stomping at him, spraying him with a water bottle, and all I can resort to is putting him back in his run which makes me feel guilty. There is carpet, mats that I bought, in his pen but I have never seen him dig at those, only when he is out. That is the first problem...
The second problem is I feels like I don't have a very good relationship with my bunny because he is so ornery. He really just likes to be by himself and only likes me when he knows I'm letting him out or giving him food. You can pick him up and hold him, but do it too long and he bites you. Or every time after you pick him up he stomps his feet at you. Are there any ways to make my relationship with him better?
As far as the issue you had about not having a good relationship- all bunnies are different and a common factor among most bunnies is that they do not like to be picked up. Him stomping his feet on the ground is just a sign telling you he does not enjoy it. You can pet him while he's on the ground and most bunnies will sit still for you to do so. His personality might just be more "sassy" but stomping at you after he gets picked up does not mean he doesn't like you- he just doesn't like being picked up.
A site I found very helpful in reading the signs Yuki gives me was:
Very interesting and eye-opening stuff! You should check it out when you have time :]