|01-15-2014 10:37 PM|
|Stevenzachsmom||Oh honey, you're going to be fine. Hang in there!|
|01-15-2014 10:32 PM|
[X] Separate Bunny and Puppy
[ ] Study for next midterm exams tomorrow
[failed] Do good on presentation in French class
At least I have one thing on my list done. You know what they say, "Better than nothing." Unless it's mystery pellets for lunch with a 50% chance of poison being in it. In that case, I'd rather eat nothing then those pellets.
P.S. I love these winter smilies.
|01-15-2014 10:27 PM|
Courtney, same here. My rabbits are litter box trained and speutered. The female came from a shelter and she is even microchipped. They follow us around, sit on the couch, and watch television. They definitely have their own personalities. I currently have a beagle mix, of all breeds. He play bows to the rabbits. The female ignores him. The male lunges and grunts. He would scratch, if he was out of his cage, but he is always safe behind bars, when the hound is around.
lemonbalm, it is important to remember that rabbits are prey animals. They are always on the defensive. Even though your pup hasn't bothered the rabbit and it seemed they were getting along, apparently that has changed for the bunny. I don't know why the change, but the bunny probably feels stressed, which isn't good for him either. If you have ever been scratched or bitten by a rabbit, it hurts. Totally unfair to the pup. Best for the two to enjoy each other from a distance.
You can read a rabbit, just like a dog. They have their own body language, sounds and actions. If a dog puts his head over another dog, it could be a show of dominance. If a rabbit puts his head over another rabbit, he wants to groom it. For a rabbit to put his head under another rabbit's head is considered rude, because that rabbit is asking to be groomed. I wait for the rabbit to come to me to me when it wants to be pet. I leave them alone, when they are in bad moods - as Courtney said - lunging, grunting, thumping are negative actions.
Give bunny and pup some one on one time alone with you. I expect the bunny will settle down and start acting nicer to you without the pup around. Just keep them both safe and everything will be fine.
|01-15-2014 10:17 PM|
|Courtney||Don't beat yourself too much over it Intentions were good. But the two creatures don't mesh well together. I think by separating them you are avoiding a tragedy from happening.|
|01-15-2014 10:03 PM|
Puppy is nice and safe in my room while bunny is in his own closed room.
I'm not letting them play together again. What I was thinking before (I know better now) was for the puppy to play with another companion (strict parents do not allow both dogs in house at once/outside at once - uncontrollable. Soon we'll have more time to train them but as of right now they don't listen when together).
What my mindset was hours ago:
-See bored puppy
-Look at massive amount of homework
-Look in dismay at bored puppy
-Remembers that puppy loves to play with bunny
-Puppy cried when playing
-Hmmm what had happened? Bunny just sniffed puppy right?
-See puppy panting
-Refill water bowl going downstairs
-go back upstairs and go into room
-bunny sprints to pup and bites
-bunny no longer granted freedom near pup
-bunny behind door in his own room
-If you can't do the time, don't do the crime; I whispered to the bunny as I shut the door
Thank you all for answering. I feel horrible now because I can't believe I let the bunny hurt my angel TWICE.
Frisbees, tennis balls, Kong toys, treat balls, and more do not entertain this pup (first he barely bites. He may chase the moving object *ex. frisbee or ball* but once it stops he stops. Second he gives up on those treat dispensing toys for some reason).
.... I also paused the flirt pole games with him because I got paranoid that he would start biting harder (to hold on to the toy).
|01-15-2014 10:00 PM|
|Courtney||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.|
|01-15-2014 09:50 PM|
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.
|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.
|01-15-2014 09:29 PM|
|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"
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