Picking Your Rabbit Up

Using the correct technique to pick up your rabbit will make it more comfortable for your rabbit and easier for you.

Remember, if a rabbit were to be picked up from above in the wild it would usually be in something's mouth. If a pet rabbit isn't used to being picked up it may take some time before it is happy for you to pick it up.

A good technique for lifting your rabbit is to put one hand on the back of its neck and slowly bring it round to the front. At the same time put your other hand underneath the rabbit's hindquarters to support its weight whilst lifting.

Getting to know you rabbit
If your rabbit is very timid it may be hard to get close enough for you to pick it up. So let's go back a stage, try offering something irresistible like a carrot or a dandelion leaf. Once it is familiar with you being on the other end of the food, try stroking its head. If you do this repeatedly then you will soon become associated with food and you will hopefully find the rabbit bounding up to you expectantly! Remember not to become frustrated - some rabbits will simply never like to be picked up and it will be easier for you to spend time with your rabbit on the ground!

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Ana, 11 November 2013

I pick my rabbit like this: by putting your hands under his/her tummy and your Tums on his/her back and lifting him/her. Without hurting him/her. Never pick a rabbit by its ears.


Kitii, 28 July 2011

my rabbit loves me! at first she was shy but now we get alonge great!

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