What is the proper and safe way to introduce my dog to the family bunny?
Rabbits are very sociable creatures. Not only do they enjoy interacting with people, once they’ve learned to trust you, but they can also get along well with other pets, including the family dog.
However, rabbits can also be territorial, and that can lead to a vicious fight with another pet, so never leave your rabbit alone with another furry family member.
Introduce them slowly and carefully, with the help of another person:
• Take your rabbit and the other pet to a neutral place, like a bathroom or bedroom. Make sure neither animal considers it her territory.
• Each person will be responsible for one pet.
• Kneel on the floor and hold the smaller of the two pets on your lap.
• Have the other family member hold the second pet and slowly approach you and the smaller pet.
• Let the two pets sniff one another. It’s a good sign if they nuzzle one another, but also be prepared for fights, so you can quickly pull away.
• Talk to the pets calmly and praise them for being so good. Encourage them to be nice to one another. Only one person should talk at this point, so the pets won’t get confused.
• Speak loudly and clearly if they begin to fight or do something not allowed, saying, ‘No-no-no-no-no! No Fighting, No Biting” and clap your hands loudly.
• Separate fighting pets immediately to avoid injury to them and to you.
• Repeat this process for about 10 or 15 minutes every day, until they begin to act calm toward one another. Some form strong friendships and may even groom each other.