Why a Mature Bunny Rabbit is Easier to Train

You might be curious to see how some bunny rabbit owners manage to train their pets on using the litter box, going to and from their cage, and some other amazing things. As we all know, rabbits can be very stubborn most of the time and training them to do things will take you lots of time, efforts, and frustrations. If you are new to rabbit care, one thing you have to learn about is your bunny rabbit’s behavior as they age.

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Training a much older rabbit compared to the younger ones is easier to do. This is actually the exact opposite for dogs, as the saying goes “You can’t teach old dogs new tricks” or “Train them while their young”. In the rabbit world, the older they get, the easier they learn. Younger rabbits are too energetic and they have very short attention span to even care about the things you want them to learn.

Building a bond with your young bunny rabbit

If you acquire a young rabbit, it is important that you interact with them on a regular basis. Doing this helps build a bond between you and your pet and training them as they age will be easier for you. Handling your rabbit for interaction is like training them how to socialize with humans. You have to make them feel comfortable with people around so that they can overcome their instinct of getting anxious as if they are threatened.

When your pet hits puberty and pregnancy

Expert rabbit owners would agree that this phase in a rabbit’s life could be the most disturbing for their humans. This is because the sudden outburst of their behavioral change takes place. This definitely has something to do with their hormones. Between the ages of 3-6 months, when male rabbits reach their sexual maturity, they will start to feel the urge so they will be looking for a female rabbit to mate and will display some signs of temper tantrums like aggressiveness and even spraying of pee.

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As for female rabbits, they become dominant and very territorial in their space. The stress brought by puberty and pregnancy makes this phase worse for them than what male rabbits would experience. This is not the best time to teach your bunny rabbits some obedience training.

So if you are nurturing rabbits as companion pets rather than hoping they would multiply, spaying or neutering is a very important thing to consider at this stage. In fact, spaying or neutering plays an important role in rabbit training, particularly when you want them to learn how to use their litter box.

So what age exactly are the rabbits easier to train?

If we talk about litter training, there is no specific age to train your rabbit how to do this because it will all depend on you (see our post: Litter Training Rabbit the Easy Way), but once you have them neutered, training them would be relevantly easier because they will lose their desire to mark their territories with urine and fecal pieces. The thing with older rabbits is that as they mature, they become more comfortable in adapting to the things around them.

As they reach the age of 3, they become less playful and curious on the things around them. They would prefer more quality time sitting beside you or sleeping more often.  This is the stage where they become more sweet and affectionate towards their human who takes care of them and had built the bond with when they were still younger. This is also the time you would start to appreciate your pet bunny rabbit as a companion pet.

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They become more attentive and would listen when you call them to come to you. Their attention would be focused more on cuddling with their human rather than curiously roaming around. They are still active at this stage that is why having fun time with your bunny rabbit is still possible until the age of 7, especially if their health is regularly maintained and checked. By the age of 7 and above, their activeness will start slowing down and complications may start to arise due to old age.

Some rabbits, during their middle age or as early as 2 years old may start acquiring complications, but a rabbit that is well taken care of lives longer.  Building a bond between you and your pet bunny rabbit in every phase of their life gives them not only the kind of obedience training, but the love and care they need.

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