Rabbit Toys and Training: Busy Ears

If you want to keep a rabbit busy, you can do this with toys, training, intelligence games and other forms of animation. Mental and physical tasks and interaction ensure both happy and healthy long ears. Read more about rabbit toys and employment here. Rabbits, rabbits and other rabbit-like animals can learn tricks - but you should never overwhelm the long ears - Shutterstock / anetapics

Rabbits do not need a particularly extensive animation program, since they can usually work very well with their peers, body care, hopping around, eating and observing the surroundings. Nevertheless, the Puschel are happy about species-appropriate employment opportunities.

Food as an intelligence toy for rabbits: you should play with food!

Food is one of the best rabbit toys ever. Simply hide carrots etc. in the indoor or outdoor enclosure. Whether in egg cartons, in a hay pile, under cups or in feed toys from pet stores (such as a snack ball) - rabbits usually like to "work" a little for their feed. You can also hang the rabbit food at a height for which the fur monsters have to stretch. Incidentally, new food is always exciting for the Hoppler; Rabbits make sure in several stages whether the unknown food is edible or not - a real brain jog.

Species-appropriate rabbit toys: tunnels and digging boxes

Rabbits love digging and straying in tunnels. In the outdoor enclosure, the animals can pursue their natural behavior simply by digging around a little in the grass or in the ground - indoors this is more difficult, but not impossible. For example, provide your long ears with bottle boxes. The boxes filled with earth or sand offer the opportunity to carry out digging operations.

Rabbits not only like to dig, they also like to deal with tunnels of all kinds for their lives. Therefore, put a few cardboard tubes, boxes, drainpipes or rustling tunnels in the rabbit pen. Hay tunnels or cork tubes are also welcome. Rabbits simply feel at home in tunnels - in the wild, tunnels hide from predators and are therefore essential. Basically, the placement of obstacles such as smaller boxes is recommended.

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Clicker training with rabbits: learn tricks in a playful way

Clicker training for rabbits is a good way to challenge the animals sensibly and playfully. In this way, the mummelnasen learn little tricks such as retrieving or making males. For the clicker training you need a clicker, also called a cracked frog, and a few treats such as carrot or apple pieces.

Spread out the treats in the open-air enclosure first and then click with the cracking frog whenever your rabbit gets a treat between its paws. So the rabbit combines the clicking sound with a reward at some point. After each click, the treat must always be rewarded immediately. If you now want to train certain exercises, such as skipping obstacles, you can use the clicker as praise if your rabbit has done something correctly (e.g. has overcome an obstacle). The timing of clicker training is important. You have to click while your rabbit is showing positive behavior, not before and not after. The following applies to any training with the long ears: never overwhelm the animal. You can find out more about clicker training (using the example of a dog) in the guide: "Dog training with clicker: how it works!"