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Welcome to you and Totoro! When I first got my bun Charlie I picked him up a lot and spent a lot of time with him. He let me pick him up but then once he was more comfortable around me started to resist being held. I’m thinking he was probably just terrified at first and was just giving into being picked up and not trying to fight me, but now he lets me know if he doesn’t want to be held.
I think what helped me bond well with Charlie was spending lots of time with him just laying on the floor. He would hop all over me and eventually started licking my face and hopping in my lap. Treats help too, so you could always present him with a treat when he sees you so he associates you as being good. We’re huge to them so it’s best to get on their level and show them you don’t want to hurt him. If he hops away or hides just give him his space and try again later. They can be tough to win over but once you do it’s all worth it .
Recently I’ve been clicker training Charlie and I think that’s helped us bond quite a bit as well – he’s learning to listen to me and associates me with treats. He runs to me every time I open his door now.
Good luck, I’m sure you’ll win him over in no time!!