De-Sensitisation Bonding Method

Developed by Kim Cooney

This rabbit bonding method is based on the premise that the rabbits become used to each other. Fear is gone and the way is open to the rabbits to relax and come to trust each other.  


TABLE BUNNY BONDING involves putting rabbits on thick blanket / towel on a table & slowly allowing them to de-sensitise to each other.  In time, this will allow them to earn each others trust & hopefully become friends.


NOTE: THIS CAN BE A LONG PROCESS SO IT IS IMPORTANT TO BE EXTREMELY PATIENT & KIND WITH YOUR RABBITS. DO NOT RUSH THESE STEPS.


Follow the steps below & if necessary, manage their movements gently with your arms and hands. Do not allow them to get aggressive or hump.


STEP 1

Place both rabbits butt to butt & monitor their behaviour 

(once they are relaxed & sitting comfortably together you can move on to the next step)


STEP 2

Place both rabbits side by side & monitor their behaviour 

(once they are relaxed & sitting comfortably together you can move on to the next step)


STEP 3

Place both rabbits on the floor. 

Repeat this step 10 times with 15min toilet / rest breaks every day for 3 days

(once they are relaxed & exhibiting calm behaviour towards each other you can move on to the next step)


STEP 4

Place both rabbits in the original rabbits enclosure

(Ensure you monitor them closely to ensure no fights break out)

Extra Tips for Rabbit Bonding

Ensure you have a sturdy table

A wobbly table will not help the bonding process.  Ensure the blanket on top is not sliding around.  People should sit around the table so the rabbits feel relaxed in their presence.

Rabbits should be desexed

Un-desexed rabbits can show more aggression & territorial behaviours.  Do not attempt to bond un-desexed rabbits.  It could result in expensive vet bills!

Don't allow aggression

Rabbits holds grudges so it is up to you to control any aggression that surfaces.  Control the rabbits head gently but firmly. Use a towel if need be as rabbit bites to the hands can hurt!


Firm control of each rabbit must be maintained until rabbits are settled and happily sitting together.

How do I know its working?

There is no time limit on how long it takes before rabbits will bond.


For some rabbits it's love at first sight & it could be all over & done with in a day!  


For others, it's all about learning to love & tolerate each other which could take weeks or months!

Two bunnies are best!

Like humans - rabbits need friends too!


We run a very successful rabbit Bonding Program at the sanctuary & are more than happy to bond 1 or more rabbits of your choice.  

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