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How To Teach Kids To Behave With a Rabbit

Watch more How to Care for a Pet Rabbit videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Teach kids how to behave with a rabbit; these tips will keep both your children and your bunny happy. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Prepare the kids Before you bring the bunny home, prepare your kids for the new arrival. Explain that you'll be in charge of the rabbit, but that everyone in the family will be helping to make her a happy member of the family. Tip Rabbit-care books, magazines, and websites all have tips for helping children and rabbits to get along. Step 2: No picking up Rabbit rule number one is: "Pet her, but don't pick her up." Kids love the idea of lugging a pet around in their arms, but rabbits don't like being carried. If scared, they may scratch or bite, and, if dropped, they could get hurt. Step 3: Make caged introductions When the rabbit first comes home, introduce her to your children while she's in her cage. Make sure there's plenty of space in the cage for the rabbit to beat a retreat into her box or hiding place whenever she feels like it. Step 4: Speak softly Show your kids how to talk to the rabbit in quiet "indoor" voices, so she'll stay calm. Step 5: Try treats Have your children offer the bunny small amounts of leafy greens or carrots as a getting-acquainted trick. Remind them not to poke their fingers into the cage or they may get nipped. Step 6: Let loose To let the bunny out of her cage around children, place the cage in a room with a door you can close. Or pen off an area around the cage with a puppy gate. Step 7: Sit Have your children sit on the floor before you let the rabbit out. Leave the cage door open so she can get back inside whenever she feels like it. Step 8: Relax Sitting on the floor with your children, watch the rabbit as she explores her new surroundings. Try to keep everyone relaxed. Point out how much happier the rabbit feels when no one is chasing or following her. Tip Always be there to keep an eye on things when the rabbit is out of her cage or pen. When the kids have friends over, leave the rabbit in her cage in a closed-off room. Step 9: Use treats If you or the kids want, you can hold small bunny treats to lure the rabbit closer. Step 10: Pet the rabbit When the rabbit approaches, show your children the best way to pet a rabbit--gentle stroking on her head and ears. Remind them of the cardinal rule: "Pet her, but don't pick her up." Tip Most rabbits get nervous if you pat them on the back. Step 11: Let the bunny be If and when the rabbit wants to go back into her cage for some time out, let her. Tell the kids that she needs to decide for herself when she's had enough playtime. Step 12: Keep bonding Repeat the bunny bonding sessions once or twice daily, until everyone is comfortable. Most rabbits need at least 3 or 4 hours of daily exercise outside their cages--so your kids will have plenty of chances to interact with their new bunny buddy! Did You Know? Rabbits can turn their ears in any direction--a fun thing for you and your children to watch together.
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