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    So Phillip and Snowy have been being bonded for the past month in our lounge. The small, neutral space stressed them both out so we decided to try a bigger but still enclosed area.

    For the first few weeks Phillip continually mounted Snowy, usually on her face, and she literally didn't get a minute's peace. She tolerated it sometimes and ran away other times, but other than that they seemed pretty happy. The mounting from Phillip had started to ease off slightly, but today, Snowy has started mounting him! Now I know that this is her asserting her dominance finally, which is probably a good thing, but the problem is as soon as she mounts him, he tries to do it back and they then end up circling each other very fast.

    What do I do from this point?!

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    Are they together all the time? Fern only tried to mount Frosty once, after he’d been mounting her fairly frequently! That escalated to circling and fur pulling and very nearly a fight, at which point I slid a dustpan in between them to part them! Have you seen mischief and tinkers mums bonding videos? They are of trio bonding but I think they are a good indication of when to intervene. They’re in the bonding sticky http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...Topics-Bonding

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zoobec View Post
    Are they together all the time? Fern only tried to mount Frosty once, after he’d been mounting her fairly frequently! That escalated to circling and fur pulling and very nearly a fight, at which point I slid a dustpan in between them to part them! Have you seen mischief and tinkers mums bonding videos? They are of trio bonding but I think they are a good indication of when to intervene. They’re in the bonding sticky http://forums.rabbitrehome.org.uk/sh...Topics-Bonding

    They're not together full time, they're in enclosures right next to each other then at the moment while I'm off work they're out most of the day together. Thanks you that's helpful, I shall take a look at that

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    They're not together full time, they're in enclosures right next to each other then at the moment while I'm off work they're out most of the day together. Thanks you that's helpful, I shall take a look at that
    I know it’s tricky juggling bonding with life, but I personally think it’s better if you can set aside a few days for them to be together 24 hours a day and it cements the bond quicker, otherwise it can be a bit stop/start for them. This time bonding I slept by the bonding pen for the first night, and after that kept checking the bunnycam frequently once I thought I could trust them.

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    I'm off work for another week so will try my best to set aside some days as I know that will hopefully help

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    I'm off work for another week so will try my best to set aside some days as I know that will hopefully help
    I think if you can set aside 3 or 4 days to watch them together it should help to progress things for you. I used a pet remedy plug in from amazon, no idea if it helped or not but I slept well

    If Phillip is/was off colour that might affect how they are together too.
    Sending lots of bonding vibes xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by nap91 View Post
    So Phillip and Snowy have been being bonded for the past month in our lounge. The small, neutral space stressed them both out so we decided to try a bigger but still enclosed area.

    For the first few weeks Phillip continually mounted Snowy, usually on her face, and she literally didn't get a minute's peace. She tolerated it sometimes and ran away other times, but other than that they seemed pretty happy. The mounting from Phillip had started to ease off slightly, but today, Snowy has started mounting him! Now I know that this is her asserting her dominance finally, which is probably a good thing, but the problem is as soon as she mounts him, he tries to do it back and they then end up circling each other very fast.

    What do I do from this point?!

    Sorry I don't have time to write an in-depth reply, but I wonder whether you've seen these links, and if there's anything helpful there? Perhaps some light reading during the buns' quiet times?


    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/


    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.
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    Watching this with interest as I will hopefully soon be putting two bunnies together, hope all goes well for you.

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    It could be because they are not permanently together the female is becoming territorial making it harder to bond them.

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    So after all the advice on here I am pleased to report that I would say they are now 90% bonded with minimal mounting! We are yet to have an overnight stay in their enclosure as I am waiting til both my husband and I have a night off together but its all very positive anyway. Most of their time together is spent grooming one another, cuddling, binkying and just getting into general mischief together


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