Updated: Sep 29, 2022
Classical conditioning is essential in training rabbits and other pets. The concept is discovered by Ivan Pavlov. It is about associating things with something rewarding, and we will need that today as we teach our bunnies with these 4 simple bunny tricks!
First of all, you must have patience. The key to training your rabbits successfully is being patient and not giving up. You can't expect your bunny to learn something overnight, so take it slow and steady.
Second, don't forget the treats when teaching your bunny new tricks! You must reward them every time they do something right.
What tricks can you teach a bunny?
You don't need much money, and you don't have to be a professional trainer. All you have to do is teach your bunny the basics: stand up, come, turn around, kiss, high five—and there are so many other tricks out there (like what Binni the bunny does). But we're going to start with the simple ones.
Start With These 4 Simple Rabbit Tricks
The first bunny trick is "stand up."
Step 1: Have a piece of treat in your hand and hold it up at the level of your bunny's head or higher until it's standing.
Step 2: Once your rabbit has done this successfully once or twice, ask it to repeat the action multiple times with you saying "stand up!" each time. This will help support the behavior and show your bunny how rewarding this trick can be.
Step 1: Hold the treat in your hand, and let the bunny sniff and follow it while you turn it around. Remember to turn the treat around slowly when starting to learn this trick.
Step 2: Once they've turned around, give them the treat! They may need help turning around to get it, so don't be afraid to gently guide them if they get confused.
Step 3: Repeat this process until they have easily mastered turning around!
How do you train your bunny to come to you? Here are the steps you can try.
Step 1: Get closer to your bunny.
Step 2: Show the treat, then say its name. Repeat.
Step 3: Try to do the same, only you are farther from your bunny.
Step 4: You'll have to repeat this process until your bunny gets used to coming when its name is called—then, you'll know it's time to move on to the next trick!
Step 1: Show your rabbit the treat and let it sniff it.
Step 2: Slowly bring the treat close to your face, hiding it between your fingers.
Step 3: When the bunny gets close to your nose, make a kiss sound and give the treat.
Step 4: Repeat until the bunny is familiar with the kiss sound to signal that they will get a treat if they come closer to you.
Can Bunnies Learn Their Name?
Most rabbits can learn their names and come to their owners when called. Some bunnies don't care about their names but only approach owners for the treats. Either way, you must establish a good relationship with your bunny.
Disclaimer: We are not professional veterinarians or medical doctors. We created this blog based on our experiences with pet rabbits, volunteered hours in the rabbit shelter, extensive pet product research, and experienced peers. The purpose of this blog is to provide information about properly taking care of rabbits. Please know that it is still best to visit the vet regularly. For medical emergencies, contact a rabbit-savvy vet. Always observe your rabbits around new products or environmental changes.
Final Thoughts on Simple Rabbit Tricks
Treats. Patience. Repetition.
Those are the 3 magic words you must remember when teaching new bunny tricks! Make the training session fun with your bunny, so it will always be excited to learn next time!