Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Handling problems - update post 4

  1. #1
    Forum Buddy susie bun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    38,954

    Default Handling problems - update post 4

    My new bunny, Bertie, is VERY difficult to pick up. I knew this when I took him on, but am a bit disheartened that progress is so slow. We were doing well until a nasty cut on my finger meant I had to take a week off from picking him up. The skin on my hands is very fragile so his nails scratch easily. I don't expect him to like cuddles but am concerned because I know it is not good for a rabbit to be impossible to handle. Any advice or shared experiences would be appreciated.
    Last edited by susie bun; 07-02-2018 at 07:43 AM.

  2. #2
    Mama Doe kattymieoww's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Glasgow/Scotland
    Posts
    2,608

    Default

    My bridge pair hated being picked up.I just had to chuck a towel over them and then scoop them up when I had to.Cotton gloves might help protect your skin.

  3. #3
    Warren Veteran daphnephoebe's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2015
    Location
    Cambridge
    Posts
    9,639

    Default

    I use positive training to get buns to willingly go into their carry case.
    I also use the training to get them to stand up on a box for tummy checks.

    It's easy to do, take it slow, don't force them into it and lots of treats... you can even use their pellet feed at dinner time to do training.

    For emergency situations I throw a blanket over them, scoop them up and put them into their box. They soon forget about it and we just start training again.

    Sent from my SM-G903F using Tapatalk

  4. #4
    Forum Buddy susie bun's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    38,954

    Default

    Poor Bertie has had a setback. He was frightened of visitors at the weekend and got into a terrible state. Thankfully stress didn't send him into stasis, but I've had to put handling on hold until he is more settled.

  5. #5
    Wise Old Thumper
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    IOW
    Posts
    13,796

    Default

    Poor Bertie. Give him lots of time, months really, and then start doing what DP suggests. Good luck.

  6. #6

    Default

    my Noah is quite same he doesn't let me pick him.
    I try and sit next to him and stroke him quite alot. once he's laying down ice slowly out my hands under his front body so am holding both his hands and lift from his bum. I do this every so often and I've got him to sit on my lap at the moment. maybe that will help him trust you

    Sent from my SM-G925F using Tapatalk

Bookmarks

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •