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It really is hard to say for sure because though some bunnies really are queenish/kingish about the hierarchy, others are much more lenient about it and will groom a submissive bunny once the hierarchy has been set. For example. Bailey and Jack are rebinding right now. Jack clearly displays dominant behavior when first setting the rules, and Bailey is VERY submissive to Jack when they meet. But once they start cuddling, he will groom her and vice versa.
Jack does not lick/groom me, I pet him only. But he never shows dominant behavior toward me
Rucy does show dominance but will try to lick me, but I can tell she's not liking the taste of skin or cotton. She ends up grooming the floor right next to me. Bailey is also a dominant female and will insist I pet her, but she will sometimes lick my clothes after a long petting session.
I just think that once the hierarchy has been set, grooming no longer has to be a sign of dominant or submissive behavior with many bunnies. It can just be sign of friendship even if they don't groom back.
cy does show dominance but will try to lick me, but I can tell she's not liking the taste of skin or cotton. She ends up grooming the floor right next to me.
Mable loves licking us, especially my husbands head. he only has to lie on the floor for a second and she's over licking his head, she also stays really still sometimes for ages with her head low, sticking out waiting for us to groom her. She is equally as happy to lick us though if we put our heads down to her....
All this licking this can be quite confusing considering at the moment she is attempting to be the dominant one with Booboo. She licks Booboo all the time too.
Booboo never licks us or really demands that we groom her, in fact she not that bothered with grooming, she just wants to be free and roam. (and eat apples)