Although we at Lovely Bunny's stay extremely interactive via call or text the first days you take your bunny home especially, it is certainly beneficial to have a breakdown of the best way to continue personality development, litter training, and bonding most efficiently in the initial days of introduction without having to worry about creating set backs, and rather just continue a seamless transition. Fortunately, the steps are extremely simple to follow, the only catch is you need to be aware of effectively implementing them in the proper manner. Click READ MORE below to view all the eight steps that can make your bunny feel like it has been with your family for years.
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The eight steps are listed in order so you can follow along and use as a reference if necessary to accelerate your bunny being open to giving lover and care to their new owners from day one. The beauty of the steps is we already laid the foundation for this with human interaction, along with personality development prior to your bunny going home, so simply continuing the steps will result in a happy, healthy, bunny full of personality. The steps are as follows:
1. Following you reading the Bunny Care Information Packet sent along with your receipt post reservation, and determining how we will approach tackling the proper set up, we will coordinate and map the best route to have the set up finished the day of pick up once you arrive home. The significance of this highlights three major factors. First, is transitioning your bunny into an environment it is currently comfortable with. Next, is reducing the stress of whether the bunny is in a safe secure set up, where they can live out the next month and a half injury free prior to extending an Ex-Pen. Lastly, it is creates the swiftest amount of time for your bunny to adjust and therefore being able to start spending time with your new baby Holland Lop.'
2. We Recommend bringing a clean, topless card board box, or soft cat carrier with access to pet your bunny on the way home, of course whoever is not driving. This creates two things, one the scent transition of you to your bunny, along with the ability to keep your bunny completely calm as if they were being showered with love and attention at the Rabbitry prior to them going home. Talking gently to your bunny will actually go a long way in soothing them as well as voice recognition is introduced.
3. Following the Cage Package being set up, send a picture for approval. Once confirmed, allow your bunny an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half of adjusting. Make sure pending they are introduced to the whole family for the first time, they have grazed, gone to the bathroom, drank water, and had some pellets. Fast forward post this instead of your bunny being timid, your bunny will become curious. This is the sign we are looking for! Once they start to show some exploration interest you can now allow them to introduce your bunny to you on a one on one situation, or your whole family. A Customer from yesterday, followed all our directions, Cage Package wise, Bonding Bag Kit wise, and this was their day one result, that I was thankful they allowed me to share could share.
***Some Pet Stores and Breeders will recommend leaving your bunny in their cage for two week without human contact. DO NOT DO THIS!!! You can clearly see even spending day one with your bunny is more than effective bonding wise. Two weeks in a cage alone is inhumane, no question. In fact it will even undo the work we have put in prior to your bunny going home.
4. Day one of taking your bunny home leaves you with two resources reachable by phone call or text at any point. Use this to your advantage both prior and following your new bunny going home. No question is ever one that should not be asked. If you have fifty questions in one day, do not be shy to call or text. That is exactly what we want, to help you every single step of the way. This communication and relationship, factors in directly to raising a happy, healthy, full of personality new pet bunny, which is why we give phone numbers to respond immediately as opposed to simply an email.
5. Make sure you stay vigilant of chewable materials and that your bunny is not chewing anything ingestible. This is a very, very important step. We do not want any issue of a stomach blockage that can lead to a hasty trip to the Veterinarian, so let us take the proactive approach to make sure it is not even a possibility for that to occur.
6. In the beginning you are naturally going to want to spend every second with your bunny. It is important to keep in mind it is a baby and does need to complete litter training, so limit playtime to two hours and the let the baby get some rest, water, hay and pellets. Also, when your bunny is brought out of their set up, make sure the litter box follows so your bunny has constant access to it to avoid accidents.
7. Using this article in combination with the Bunny Care Information Packet and using us as a constant resource by phone will be the way without doubt the most successful way to tackle the initial bonding process and make sure that the litter training is finished properly and the bond form only grows stronger and stronger.
8. Education, communication, and following our website specifically will get you the best results for Holland Lop bunnies, specifically ours. Please do note my expertise does not range outside of the Dwarf and Lop family so other breeds with different temperaments, may not find ultimate success in this set up, along with rescues. I do not want anyone to be mislead that this is the specific way to achieve ultimate success with every bunny, but this certainly is the way to replicate the most successful results with our Holland Lop Bunnies specifically!
Wishing All The Bunny Lovers The Best,
Matthew- Lovely Bunny's Co-Owner
Phone: (973) 330-2928