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    So I've had 2 successful bonding sessions now. Used the bathroom as neither had been there before. Had one session of 30mins and another of 20 (Lola seemed a bit more stressed out tonight so cut it short...she had just been for her vet check a little while earlier though) in both sessions she was really really wary of Buster and any time he goes near she freezes/bolts/bangs but in both nights he only actually chased or nipped her once which I think is good. And they both recovered from it well. I made sure to end the sessions when they both seemed relatively relaxed and gave them a bit of individual play time and attention each! any other suggestions on how I can get them back to living together happily would be gratefully received!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crinklewhiskers View Post
    So I've had 2 successful bonding sessions now. Used the bathroom as neither had been there before. Had one session of 30mins and another of 20 (Lola seemed a bit more stressed out tonight so cut it short...she had just been for her vet check a little while earlier though) in both sessions she was really really wary of Buster and any time he goes near she freezes/bolts/bangs but in both nights he only actually chased or nipped her once which I think is good. And they both recovered from it well. I made sure to end the sessions when they both seemed relatively relaxed and gave them a bit of individual play time and attention each! any other suggestions on how I can get them back to living together happily would be gratefully received!

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    Sounding promising

    You've probably seen all these, but just in case ..........

    http://rabbit.org/the-most-important...g-is-patience/

    http://actionforrabbits.co.uk/bonding.html

    http://www.cottontails-rescue.org.uk...nding-bunnies/ (good for pair bonding)

    http://www.fatfluffs.com/info/bonding/

    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...68#post6934868


    Book in RWAF shop:

    https://shop.rabbitwelfare.co.uk/pro...iona-campbell/


    Mischief and Tinkerís Mum
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...y-trios-videos!

    Also, Mairwen Guard has put some brilliant bonding videos on YouTube which are well worth watching - do search for them as there are quite a few.
    Reliable and up to date info on RHD2:
    http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...RHD2-July-2018

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    I would say that the longer you can keep them together, with no fighting, say for a whole day, then you are well on the way to having bonded bunnies. Chasing, fur pulling (a little) is normal. Sorry got to go.

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    I'm really really struggling with this bonding. Lola gets so stressed out when I try to move her to the bathroom to bond (only neutral/safe area I have) that I think she is too freaked out for bonding to work. She is jumpy and banging before I even introduce Buster to the room! I have got an area in my kitchen cordoned off now as they tend to stay in the other half so I thought it might work but even now she is banging at being made to go in there and it's not a 100% neutral space either so I'm really scared about introducing Buster. Help! Should I do it or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crinklewhiskers View Post
    I'm really really struggling with this bonding. Lola gets so stressed out when I try to move her to the bathroom to bond (only neutral/safe area I have) that I think she is too freaked out for bonding to work. She is jumpy and banging before I even introduce Buster to the room! I have got an area in my kitchen cordoned off now as they tend to stay in the other half so I thought it might work but even now she is banging at being made to go in there and it's not a 100% neutral space either so I'm really scared about introducing Buster. Help! Should I do it or not?

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    I would say that irrespective of the normal advice given regarding a neutral area, if your gut feeling tells you that they would be more relaxed in an area where they have been before, I would say give it a try.

    I bonded my two in a large area, which was not neutral and it was successful. This wasn't due to lack of knowledge, I just felt it would be OK. Rabbits are rabbits and they sometimes don't behave in the way the text book advises

    My guess is that Lola is getting stressed, which in turn makes you feel stressed. Everyone needs to feel reasonably calm for it to work imo.
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