How To Train A Rabbit To Come

How To Train A Rabbit To Come


Rabbits can be difficult to train. They’re naturally prey animals, so they are often quite skittish of anything that moves quickly, including you. Training a rabbit to come is possible, however, if you take it slowly and make the training as fun for your rabbit as possible.

Have a reward ready

You should have a reward ready when your rabbit comes to you. This will be a special treat that is only given when your bunny completes the command. The most common treats are apple slices, carrot sticks, and raisins; however, it’s important to note that these treats should be used in moderation since they can cause health problems if consumed too frequently or in large amounts.

If using an actual treat as the reward for coming to you works for you and your rabbit (which it often does), then go ahead and give him or her one after every successful attempt at obeying the command. Once he starts getting the hang of things, you’ll find that he might even come over just because he knows there will be some tasty goodness waiting on him at home!

Get your rabbit’s attention

There are many ways to get your rabbit’s attention, but it can take a little time for them to learn what these cues mean. The key is consistency and repetition. Use the same voice tone, phrase or signal every time you want your rabbit to come over to you. A good way to do this is by using an attention-getting sound or noise that will get their attention every time.

You can try using:

  • A high-pitched happy voice (just like how you would talk with a young child)
  • Clicking a clicker on each side of their face as they approach
  • Tapping them on their head as they approach

Give your rabbit the come command

Once you’ve established the come command, practice it. Say it several times a day, in a variety of locations and situations. Use a high-pitched voice that conveys your excitement over the fact that your rabbit is coming to you—they’ll take it as an invitation to follow suit! Make sure to say it loud enough for your rabbit to hear, but not so loudly that they begin chasing after their own tail or trying to hide from an imaginary intruder in the room (both common behaviors).

When your rabbit is at your side, immediately reward it for coming to you.

Once your rabbit is at your side, immediately reward it with a treat, a pat or a scratch. This will encourage it to come again in the future. If your rabbit is small enough, you can play with it by chasing it around the house and letting them run away from you when they get tired of being chased! A game of chase can be very fun for both rabbits and their owners alike!

When training a rabbit to come, be sure that you are always patient and kind when teaching them new tricks or commands.

Recognize what your rabbit likes as a reward.

It’s a good idea to have some treats available as a reward. This can be as simple as some pellets, but your rabbit may also enjoy pieces of fruit or vegetables (apples and carrots are popular choices). You should give the treat immediately after they come, making sure you have it ready beforehand so that you don’t miss the opportunity to reward them. If you’re training your rabbit to come when called, this is important because there has to be an immediate payoff for them—if not, then it will just seem like they’ve been called over without reason and they won’t want to repeat this behavior again.

Use a clicker to train your rabbit.

Clicker training is a positive reinforcement technique that uses the sound of a clicking device to inform your rabbit of good behavior. It is easy to learn and offers a great way to train your rabbit. When you want your rabbit to come over, click the clicker and then reward him with either food or attention.

Your rabbit can be trained to come to you when you call it

Your rabbit can be trained to come when you call it. This is a useful thing to know, as rabbits have a tendency of running off and disappearing for hours on end. It’s also important that they learn this skill because, like other pets (like dogs), rabbits are curious and will explore new areas that could be dangerous or inaccessible; being able to recall them quickly is vital in these situations.

Here are some tips for training your bunny:

  • The first thing you need to do is teach the bunny its name—this will help them remember who they are and where they belong when calling them back home during an emergency situation.


Now that you know the basics of rabbit training, you can start training your bunny from a young age. Just remember to keep it fun, positive and simple—and be patient! And don’t forget to reward yourself with a carrot (or whatever treat you like best).

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