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Forum BONDING Bad at bonding or just personality?

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    • DustyBuns
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        Hi this is Dusty Buns!
        I have a question about bonding with your rabbit:) How long does it take? Will he ever be cuddly and love pets or is it his personality?

        He is 3 1/2 months old male, I’ve had him since January. He is super skittish and it seems like he doesn’t like to be pet or held. After the first couple weeks I saw a good sign that he liked me because I would lay on the ground and he would lick me. Then he also would sometimes let me pet him when he was resting (never pick up). Lately he will not lick me or let me pet him. I’ve watched probably every YouTube there is to know about bunnies and I’ve tried treat training but nothing seems to be working😩😩

        I don’t know if it’s because he may have had bad breeders? Or it’s my bonding techniques? Or maybe just his personality?

        I pick him up to groom him and he always will kick even if I’m under his bum. The first time I cut his toenails I accidentally cut his quick so maybe I traumatized him? But it’s weird because I have groomed and cut his nails since and he has been less quirmy. Just the past three weeks he has been off. Lately I avoid touching him otherwise he will avoid me.

         


      • Bam
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          It’s too soon to tell if he will become a cuddly bun. Most buns do like being pet, esp on the forehead and around the ears. It often takes time though.

          Right now Dusty Bun is starting puberty, which means he can have mood swings, be extra skittish, pee and poop mark, display courtship behaviours and just generally be rather restless.

          This is perfectly normal.

          I dont think you are doing anything wrong. Since he’s a lionhead you do need to groom him, so not picking him up isnt really an option. Rabbits dont like being picked up, but they can learn to accept it most of the times.

          I think you just need patience. Moderator Dana always says to play hard to get with a new rabbit. You can for example sit on the floor and read a book, without even looking at the rabbit, and just let all attempts at interaction come from him.


        • DanaNM
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            Most buns don’t like being picked up (and might not ever learn to like it), but I agree it’s too soon to tell if he will learn to like pets. Lionheads know they are gorgeous and make you work for their love! LOL

            I don’t think you traumatized him! Keep laying on the ground with him and yes, play hard to get! Beat him at his own game 😉

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