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magicjames1
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My rabbits are very active now and they are always playing around. When I pick them up, they don't really struggle, but when I put them away, they go and sit in a corner for awhile. Is this bad? The rabbit always relaxes when I'm holding it and it's never scared.

Is there something wrong, or do they just like to sit still and be petted?

They are 8 weeks old. Smile
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Phillip,

Thanks for your help regarding training of rabbits (throwing the wand, picking the card)!

Sincerely,

Andrew
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James...I don't see a problem. The rabbit is accepting petting, right? You're concerned because when you put them back in the cage, they go sit in the corner? Sounds like perfectly acceptable behavior to me. They might be a little miffed at being put back in the cage.
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Zack is most likely correct. Rabbits can get annoyed with change; whether that is coming out of the cage, going into the cage, new person in view, etc. As prey animals, they are fine tuned to dynamic changes, and they don't want to be involved. It's about survival!

So the trip back to cage adds a little pre-anxiety, and then fun time is over. I'd be a little miffed, too! Smile

Regular conditioning is important for a bunny/rabbit. It reduces the inherent stresses.

My current rabbit is a 5 month old Netherland Dwarf. She won't be in the show until September, but she already makes regular trips in the carrier and car with me, so it won't add too much anxiety at show time.

She also has been hopping freely around and in the rabbit wringer, and starting in July, I will begin getting her used to the show handling (including sound and lights.)

In regards to the magic wand/playing card bit, most rabbit owners quickly realize how picky rabbits can be. They like to rearrange things. This trait is what makes the wand bit work so well.

My rabbit gets annoyed with my thin gold necklace, and when we are sitting together, she picks at it, moving it up my neck. She does it every time until it is off my shirt (high on my neck.) Until it sits high on my neck, she won't stop.

My son has a small stuffed mouse, and if it is out of place when the rabbit is on the sofa, she will always move it to her preferred spot.

My rabbit also fights with my wife, who often puts fresh greens inside the wooden floored section of her hutch. The bunny head butts my wife's hand and throws the greens out of the hutch. She wants them in her bowl, and will push back even harder if you try to put them in again. It is quite comedic.

Here's a pic (if it works):
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Hi,
Is this the 5 month old Netherland or a different bunny?

Only it des not look like a Netherland, from the photo ears seem to big and face too pointy

Phillip
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Sorry! I'm still speaking an older language. In February, my Netherland Dwarf passed on. He was a nervous little guy, always thumping, and he broke his own back one night. It was a very sad time.

I'm so used to referring to the breed that I goofed!

To other rabbit owners, the breed should be easy to guess. She is 2 pounds, 7 ounces, if that helps as a size reference. 50 pieces of woofle dust for the correct answer!

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Hi ,
He looks like a Havana plush or Rex from the photo but a grown adult havana would weigh about 5 1/2lbs as an adult. still he/she is not fully grown yet.
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Yeah she look's a bit like a Mini Rex to me, when my family used to have a rabbit farm we had a rabbit like that one, but it had blue eyes. It was just adorable. Very rare to find a red mini rex with blue eyes though Smile
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I once had a Netherland Dwarf that I trained to jump through a hoop. I used food as a training reward.

I started with the hoop on the floor and held the rabbit pellet on the other side. As he climbed through I said "jump." Then I switched hands, held a pellet on the other side and as he went back through I said, "Jump back." Gradually I raised the hoop.

In a very short time he was jumping back and forth on command only with the hoop a foot in the air. David Letterman stupid pet, tricks here I come!

Then I tried it in a show, but he refused to jump. Later back at my apartment he jumped fine again. Then I figured it out. My living room was carpeted, the stage was not. He preferred the carpet for traction. Unfortunately he did not live long enough for me to get him to do it in a show. He was a great rabbit.
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Yeah, with my rabbit (Netherland Dwarf) I came up with that whole card picking thing on my own a few weeks ago. It looks really cool and it really impresess people. There are also similar effects such as having 5 cards, one red the other 4 black. You have someone mix them up and then turn them face down and have the rabbit pick it out. Could have a whole routine with a rabbit picking cards out. Thanks for all the information guys, this is a good thread! Smile
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