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What does it mean when a rabbit's ears are down?

Last Updated: 30th May, 2020

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When your rabbit's ears are lying down ontheir head, intersecting with each other in the back, they areresting. This means that they are content. If therabbit's eyes are half closed and it is lying down,it is probably happy. If it is growling, it is probably angry andafraid.

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In this regard, what do rabbits ears tell you?

A good place to start is with a rabbit's ears. Ifthey are close together, facing upwards and pointingoutwards, the rabbit is likely to be relaxed and happy.Alternatively, a worried rabbit's ears will be flattenedagainst their back. Other indicators are a rabbit'seyes and their body posture.

Additionally, why does my rabbit stare at me? If your rabbit stands on their hind legs andstares at you, they want your attention. If your rabbitstares at you with ears erect and nose twitching, something hastheir attention. They're waiting to see you react too. If yourrabbit stamps their foot while staring at you,they're unhappy with something you're doing.

Subsequently, one may also ask, how do you know if your rabbit is happy?

'Binkies' are a surefire sign that your rabbitsare feeling safe and confident: seeing a rabbit leap intothe air is the most joyful sight because it signals a reallyhappy bunny. Contented rabbits will also flop overand stretch out.

How do you punish a rabbit?

Here are some tips for what you can do to discipline yourrabbit:

  1. Voice Training. When your bun does something he shouldn't be,use his name and say 'NO', firmly and sternly.
  2. Nose down. Take your index finger and firmly but gently pushhis nose down toward the floor while saying 'Oliver, NO'.
  3. Time out.
  4. Water.
  5. Squeal.

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