Posted By poopy on 02/07/2007 10:33 AM
Aw I wish my bunnies would lick me. Once I tried to put my hand under her nose as a submission but she nipped me instead.
Actually that is considered a dominant move in bunnyland. Only dominate bunnies push their faces under the other to tell the other - "Groom me!" There are more submissive behaviors that mimic that though. Submissive bunnies may put their head down near the dominant bunny. And to us, it can look almost identical. The two main differences are how the body is positioned and how close the head is to the other rabbit.
A submissive rabbit's body will be hunched up, more ready to jump away, and her head will be down but not pushing so much forward. While a dominant bunny who is requesting to be groomed will push her head underneath the the other bunny's chin, and her body will be more stretched out.
Now these rules can easily be put aside once bunnies are great friends and IF they both don't care about their roles anymore. Then they can both request grooming, and both will offer. Sometimes bunnies even start off that way, but usually then dominance will be established another way.
Bailey will give me licks if I put my hand underneath hers, but not for long. And Rucy, well she gets on her boxing gloves if I pull that trick on her. No measly human is going to get groomed from her! Jack gets stressed if I do that. I think he thinks I am going to challenge him, and he doesn't want that.