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lemonbalm 01-15-2014 05:24 PM

Bunny biting puppy!!!
 
....... Toffee is 6 months old.:):halogsd: :welcome:


:wub:


... He has incredible bite inhibition:hug::halogsd:. He's so gentle that my parakeets are not afraid of him (after many years with careful handling with parakeets, they STILL fear me:eek:. They met Toffee and during the first day with him they kept trying to fly to him:crazy:).

... With my other killer-high prey drive dog:crazy::crazy::crazy:, the bunny runs and hides from him:eek:. I had to tie the bunny's room shut because that dog was OBSESSED with the bunny. Can't take his eyes off of him for one second and tries to bite the bunny. His bites are ferocious:cry: when he play fights with me. It gives me huge cuts:rolleyes:.


B-b-b-b-b-b-b-uuuuuttttt.... Toffee can actually ignore the bunny:cool:. He could, voluntarily, walk away calmly:cool:. And he does. Oh, you bet he does:laugh:. He is so sweet and gentle:wub:. After playing with the bunny for a few seconds he calmly ignores :halogsd: fluffy-bun-buns in which the bunny takes that chance to run right up to him to get chased again:crazy:. Just like with a flirt pole, when the toy/bunny stops moving (from being chased), Toffee just stops, too. No biting, no anything. :cool:


*~ I thought it was cute, the two being buddies. :o That was until the bunny just started running and biting Toffee (making him whine and cry :() when we were just walking in the hallway (bunny has his own room!!! This hallway is where everyone walks. :p

I always supervise even if I trust Toffee 100% with not hurting the bunny. I'm way more worried about the bunny hurting Toffee. Does anyone know why the bunny does this to Toffee? He also did it to me; he never has done it before but ever since he met Toffee, he started doing it. :confused:

Stevenzachsmom 01-15-2014 05:45 PM

Rabbits can be very territorial. My male rabbit hates dogs and would attack, if given the chance. My shepherd used to hide from him. My vet said she used to have a bird room and the rabbit lived in the room with the birds. She kept the door shut to keep the cats out. One day, she came to an open door and feared the cats had attacked her rabbit. She was shocked to see the cats sitting on furniture and shelves well off the floor. The rabbit ruled that room.

Does your rabbit grunt and lunge, as well as bite?

lemonbalm 01-15-2014 06:51 PM

The bunny doesn't grunt, but he lunges and bites.

Another thing is that when my dog goes into my room the bunny runs into my room and lunges at the pup. Harmless pup doesn't do anything but whine and run away. :(

SuperG 01-15-2014 06:56 PM

You aren't kidding that rabbits can be territorial.....watch this video of an "innocent" little white bunny protecting it's cave.



SuperG

Sunflowers 01-15-2014 07:44 PM

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I don't understand why you are putting them together. Why are you letting a rodent bite a puppy until he whines and cries? Paybacks could be heck for that rabbit. I just don't get it.

SuperG 01-15-2014 07:54 PM

[QUOTE= Paybacks could be heck for that rabbit. I just don't get it.[/QUOTE]


Ummmmm. I have to agree...my yard used to be infested with rabbits.....keyword "used"

SuperG

lemonbalm 01-15-2014 09:29 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunflowers (Post 4840273)
I don't understand why you are putting them together. Why are you letting a rodent bite a puppy until he whines and cries? Paybacks could be heck for that rabbit. I just don't get it.

After seeing it happen twice (I thought the first one was an accident or something) I closed the door to the bunny's room. I just wanted to know why the bunny would act that way. I'm sorry I forgot to include this bit of info.

Courtney 01-15-2014 09:39 PM

The rabbit feels the need to be defensive around the dog, perhaps you now as well. Keep them separated, they don't need to be friends. Seriously. Be happy that the dog will not obsess over the rabbit & all can live under the same roof-stress free. Not fair to the dog either to be attacked by the rabbit. Might see something happen you don't want to see eventually.

I have also owned several rabbits. The grunting, thumping feet, lunging...not good.

Stevenzachsmom 01-15-2014 09:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunflowers (Post 4840273)
I don't understand why you are putting them together. Why are you letting a rodent bite a puppy until he whines and cries? Paybacks could be heck for that rabbit. I just don't get it.

Oh no you didn't call a rabbit a rodent. They are not.

I agree you should not allow the rabbit to hurt the puppy. I have always had rabbits and dogs. They can see each other, but I do not allow them to interact.

Courtney 01-15-2014 10:00 PM

HaHa. I loved my rabbits. When we got a Rusty I decided no more rabbits. But I do miss the little buggers. My last one lived to be almost 8. She was litter box trained & would follow me around & cuddle. Sweet little girl.


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