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Bunny Games! How To Have Fun With Your Rabbit

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Part of the challenge of rabbit ownership is learning to interact in fun ways with your bunny. Many complain that their rabbits do little but sit around and chew hay, or perhaps run away when they are approached. Both these activities can quickly become tiresome after a few minutes of observation, and once owners realize that their bunny isn't going to do much more than eat and look at them, many rabbits are left to sit in their hutches or cages until they eventually die years later. This tragic problem is compounded by the fact that many rabbits are not huge fans of being handled, and may nip when irritated or frightened

Playing with your bunny is an essential part of ownership. Through play you can bond with your rabbit, make it become accustomed to being handled, and you will both enjoy your relationship much more. Here are a few games you can try out with your rabbit.

Find the food game. Hide some of your rabbits favorite treats about your person. Let the bunny have some idea that there is food to be had, and let bunny find it. This can be a good way to build trust between you and your rabbit, and is a great way to start with timid or handling shy rabbits.

Obstacle/Jump Game. Make up some rabbit sized obstacles, and use the rabbits favorite treat to lure it over jumps, through tunnels, and around objects.

Hide and Seek. This old children's game can be easily tailored to playing with rabbits, but will require you to get down to their level. Once on the floor, hide behind something, whether it be a couch or a bed, or chair. Peek out a little and let your bunny see you doing it, then hide again. Chances are that the bunny will hop over to investigate what strange thing you are doing. You can run away, or jump out a little at the bunny (not in a loud, threatening, screaming fashion, more like a playful hop), depending on what the bunny does, it might be your turn to run away and hide again or maybe you can seek your bunny.

Teaching tricks. Though this isn't technically a game, you can spend some time teaching your rabbit tricks. Most rabbits learn to recognize their name, and to come to it if they associate it with positive things. You can also try teaching your rabbit to beg by holding the food above its head and making it stand for it. Variations such as getting the rabbit to spin to get the food are also possible.

Work with your bunny's own temperament and natural inclinations. Some rabbits are naturally more sociable, others are more retiring. Some rabbits will take to the games listed above like the proverbial duck to water, and others may just look at you as if you're insane. Spending time with your bunny is the important thing however, you will probably find that the more time you spend with them, the more games naturally evolve.

Comments

#####you on January 22, 2020:

bunnies are soooooo cute

#bunny on January 17, 2020:

Bunnies are very cute

kaylee on September 26, 2015:

My dwarf. Netherland bunny keeps on hopping is this natural all I do is hold a carrot above his head should I take her to the vet?

crystal on August 20, 2014:

cool

angel on May 23, 2013:

rabbits like to do i think playing with other rabbits i think that

beans on April 01, 2013:

I think this was a very good site. I myself have a rabbit named Beans and she loves to play with her angry bird stuffed animal it is another game to play with rabbits. She thinks its her baby so she grooms it sleeps on it and jumps around with it. I suggest adding stuffed animal play to the list of games bunnies can get very attached to them. And when I try to take it away she follows it out of her cage into the kitchen for supper.

annika on March 04, 2013:

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Cameran Lynch on December 30, 2012:

don't lisen to my friend she doesn't even have a bunny rabbit of her own.

camerans friend on December 29, 2012:

i think that camerans bunny rockie is very cute but....... he always gets scared. i know tha he is a bunny, but i think he could be a little more fun. i also want to know when he is going to pee or poop. sorry i brought that up. also, he is very fluffy and likes to go in corrners and hang out. he still the best bunny ive met. no efence

Cameran Lynch on December 28, 2012:

My bunny is very active and loves to run around but I have no games to play with him. I don't want him to only have fun when he's just running around the house.

dog rose on December 24, 2012:

My two rabbits love to dig in a big container full of shredded newspaper. They also love to rip cardboard and to race about and binky. They also spend a lot of time laying next to each other on the carpet outside their bedroom (an indoor rabbit cage). They have half my bedroom to themselves and its great hearing them running about early in the morning. They are so so so pretty!

marky lover on November 17, 2012:

i don't get it. i just don't know how to play with my bunny marky

Jodi on August 27, 2012:

my brothers rabbit keeps flipping out when we get it out of its cage and then it gos calm after stroking it for a while but the next time we get it out its jumpy again?

cute bunnys rock on July 23, 2012:

im getting two rabbits in 3 days i actully never had a rabbit before!

i got the rabbits a massive cage with an upstairs and downstairs and iv made a massive run for them nearly as big as my garden. i hope my rabbits will like there home when i get them

Rabbits on July 15, 2012:

When I Will Get A Rabbit And I Take Him/Her Outside I Don't Want She/He To Run Away Or Get Lost Or Even Go Somewhere Dangerous So It Means I Have't To Put Him/Her A Leash And Then Hurts Her/His Neck And I Want To Treat My Pets The Best. Even That I Don't Have Any Pets Yet

raina on July 01, 2012:

my bun alistair is all black and so cute! he wakes me up every mourning by doing binkies!

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summer on June 02, 2012:

if i was you i would name him albert lol

Ashley on May 30, 2012:

I'm getting a bunny soon but I don't know what should I name him

KK on May 24, 2012:

My bunny doesn't really do much. And she gets really scared when i try to play the chase game. Help???

SweetFyne1 on May 21, 2012:

I started training my bunny the day after I got her (she was 4 weeks) and shes been following me around the house ever since. She comes most of the time I call her, she begs, and she runs to the kitchen when she hears the fridge open. Shes pretty much litter trianed now, and shes very sociable like having a cat only better. This is my seccond rabbit as an adult and I enjoy it. The only live a few years but you can stretch that time by bunny proofing and letting them roam the house. Anyway, Ginger will come to me to let me pick her up and she will flop on me and relax. I get on the floor with her alot too tho and she will run around and we play a hand game when I chace her with my hand but then I get her and shake her up. She loves it when I scratch both her hind legs with my fingers all at the same time and it relaxes her jump reflex so much that she will fall over. Anyway, I have a Rex mix. Rex is the smartest breed and softest. Ive always had pure breeds but i adopted a mix and she might have the best of both worlds.

Bunny luver!:3 on May 15, 2012:

Cute! I really want a bunny!! :(

Sarah on May 08, 2012:

My two bunnies love these games, especially for treats... they know where the treat jar is and if I go near it they are hopping circles around me feet! I love them and if im home they are not in their cages!

Alex on April 29, 2012:

I tried the games but it seems she is more interested in running then playing or cuddling like she did at the pet store how can I get her to play with me!!

hunnie bunnie x on April 15, 2012:

i have 2 netherland dwarf rabbit i love them to bits i have bought them so many toys like rattle rabbit toys, large rabbit tunnels and loads more but neither seem to bother i love them so much there about 1yr old and i want them to have a greatr life ahead still but all they do is sit there and move around there cage i want to play with them but no with toys and im trying to think of ideas but im stuck so please help me :(

morning_light on April 09, 2012:

my bunny won't come out of her cage!!! I lure her out with food, but once she's got it, she just jumps back in!!!

WHAT DO I DO???? D:

Kennedy Williams on April 02, 2012:

it is fun to play

flying pig on March 22, 2012:

This is a really good website with lots of fun games foe YOU and your rabbit

sherlock's mama on March 17, 2012:

Don't forget catch! Sherlock and I like to throw cardboard boxes, pens, paper, and headbands at each other. It's his favorite way to play, although it's not really a game.

shasta (my rabbit) on March 12, 2012:

my rabbit is very hyper and she needs something to do . so can you put more games on this website

kayleigh on March 11, 2012:

i have always wanted a bunny.1 day my brother out of the blue made a powerpoint on why he needs 1.i was soooooooooooooooooooooooo mad because all i would do was beg for 1 and my parents would say no.its good that my parents are vvvvvvvvveeeeeeeeeerrrrrrrryyyyyyyy nice and said it would be me and my bros bunny.bbbbbbbuuuuuuuuuuuuutttttt we will have to good in school to get one.this website is so awesome because i told my parents what i got from here about bunnies and now i think they want one.tttttttttttthhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk yyyyyyyyyyyyyyoooooooooooouuuuuuuuu

leah on February 25, 2012:

my rabbit is so cute I just went to huge her for 3564466553553545778654167853465837258672348567`74365278`4062`38562783750891 hours i love her a hop I she never dies my rabbit is a she she is very cute and everyone would went her.

Ambun on February 23, 2012:

Thank you I will try this because my bunny is often bored with toys but he does like to play.

hannah on February 12, 2012:

if you have a long kition let your rabbit out its hutch and run up the kition and the rabbit will folow you fact if your rabbit lick you it means she loves you and if the rabbit stamps her foot it mean that she is crying

Gabriella on February 11, 2012:

I have a bunny named Scooter. Shes really cute. I need some suggestions on how to make your bunny feel more comfortable when they are being picked up though. Can anyone help??? Pleaze??????? I need advice. Thankz, Gabriella

megan on February 04, 2012:

u can chase them around!

selena on February 01, 2012:

back agin

your website is awsome!

how can i make my bunny d tricks?

selena on February 01, 2012:

bun bun my mom calls my bunny that cool name

Flurry the Bunny on December 04, 2011:

im gonna try this with bunbun! but he doesn't get to run around the house as much since he always decides to go potty on my mom`s couch :( so can you please tell me how to get him to stop so he can run around the house all day long please? thank you so much and i love your website!

fudgers on November 11, 2011:

my bunny is named fudgeo and he is EIGHT YEARS OLD!!! 8D

Speckles on October 26, 2011:

My rabbit jumps around in her fenceing area when she is inside of it..I mean like crazy does that show she is happy or wants to get freedom ??

SooKie on September 07, 2011:

my rabs name is sookie.... cutest thang ive ever seen.... but she craps on the couch... does anyone wanna babysit??? lol

Roger on September 05, 2011:

my bunny is the best bunny in the whole wide world. He gives me kisses all the time and loves to have his head rubbed. his favorite treat is romaine lettuce. i9t os even cute to watch him eat his ffod because he always tips over his bowl and rumages through the food. so cute. he is also a little nipper. it hurts sometimes but it is out of love. please everyone...alwways be kind and loving to your raBBIT.

honeybun on August 26, 2011:

My rabbits called Sooty and he's 3 next april! He like to jump around in his run and play with his jingle ball. However i bought him a new hutch a month ago and all he seems to do is chew the wood and try to bite the bars! He had a wooden hutch last and we had no problems! I feed him every day too! Do you have any tips on why he may be doing it?? Thankyouuu :)

Charchar on August 26, 2011:

I have the cutest bunny in the world called honney he has honney patches all over him and big brown eyes soooo cute :) sadly he's really likes to eat paper and won't play with me:(

boo on August 25, 2011:

I just got my bunny Poko yesterday. He doesn't eat much but he loves to run and snuggle up to you. He's black with big blue eyes and loves to explore. He does this thing where he'll run behind you and lick your back!! I'll try to play some of those games with him!

amber on August 16, 2011:

My indoor rabbit bogie is turning 9 yrs/old next month. He has only gotten better with age. His favorite treats are green beans, graham crackers, and vitakraft carrot slims. His favorite toy is his baby blanket. He loves for me to drape it over him and let him tunnel around. They make such great pets and they usually get along great with dogs and cats. Just remember the more time you spend with your little friend, the more love they will give back. They are very smart and easy to litter box train. Just keep them away from woodwork and electric wires!

chloe on August 05, 2011:

in it rabbits r so cute mines called bugsy its been siting on my brothers lap for 2 hours

chloe on August 05, 2011:

how do u teach a house rabbit to play football

Angela on July 16, 2011:

@claire. I have a bunny named oreo too!! Shes a lionhead! And adorable!

Claire on July 15, 2011:

My bunny oreo is soo funny and sweet!!! Wen I take him outside he plays in the garden and b behind the bushes and he'll stand up on his bac legs then wen he cs me he hurrys and ducs!!!:D and he sometimes goes in the grass and jumps around and wiggles his buttt lol!!!!:) and wen I hold him up to my nose or cheek he always gives me kisses!!!:*

ollieoxen17 on July 13, 2011:

what do i do if my rabbit is kinda fiesty?????

ollieoxen17 on July 13, 2011:

i cant wait to try hide and seek with my bunny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Acorn the rabbit on July 10, 2011:

this is a great website if you have never had a rabbit before.

My rabbit loves treats so that game was a brill idear

bunnylover on June 25, 2011:

bunnys are so adorable

bambi118 on June 14, 2011:

i have a rabbit called bambi too but is really picky he hates me picking him up but leave him to run around the garden he a really energetic rabbit. my rabbit well it got him at 10 to 15 weeks i called him his name after 3 or 4 weeks he picked it up but i called im his name often so he doesn't forget it like every time i go past his hutch i would say hi bambi (he would look at me)

Humphrey (: on June 04, 2011:

Humphrey, my rabbit is only 12 weeks old but I only got him a week agao. I let him out ever day for a good hour and then rub/handle him for another hour as I was instructed, He doesn't really play game so how can I introduce the games without him running of????? And how do i teach him is own name?????

smokeylover on May 04, 2011:

hello ,

i have a question to ask a pro about rabbits...?

My Bunny Smokey is turning brown on the side of him near his butt. Is this i sign he is maturing?he is only 6 months old.We have 3 bunny's and smokey is the only one that has the brown, he never used to have it.

can you help?

asap!

thank you!

smokeylover

uninterested bunny on April 27, 2011:

my bunny, zoey, really doesn't like to do anything with me. she just plays by herself when i let her out of her cage. i used to hold her alot when she was little so i could have possibly scarred her mentally, but anyway, if anyone knows how to bond with an uninterested bunny i would really like to know how. also, i tried to bribe her with treats to come near me, but she only eats food in her cage. otherwise she stares at me.

bri on April 13, 2011:

well i dnt have a rabbit yet but im getting one he is huge and fat but very playful i cnt wait to get him ty for ur help

SMOKEY IS A BOY! on March 21, 2011:

Oh My Gosh!(omg)

MY BUNNY SMOKEY ......IS A BOY!

i am happy but then disapointed,mum thourght smokey was having babies but he was just fat.lol!

thanks so much all of your advice has helped me bond with smokey.thank you again!

aj on March 12, 2011:

i think pumpkin is happy but can you put a dog and a bunny toget her

theo bour on February 24, 2011:

i bot 2 bunny 2 days ago i was wandering what do they play with

lauren1993 on February 23, 2011:

This article is great; I have a bunny called Bunnola who we rescued. He is about 5 & is the loveliest bunny in the world-he loves cuddles & to be talked to behind his ears! He binks around my feet every morning-he is a beautiful house bunny :) when we got him, he was so scared but now he is so cheeky! :D

jodi on February 23, 2011:

My bunny was very quwiet and very kind and wen i go to bed she foloas after and sleeps on me p.s shes only 1.

ginger on February 18, 2011:

im getting a rabbit in 5 weeks and i don't know what to feed it ? or make sure it dosent die or eat what its not meant too p.s its only 2 months old its sooooooo cute its name is piggy because hes chubby

i love smokey on February 18, 2011:

hey that would be so funny if the balloon popped !!!!!!!oh but then again it would have a heart attack!

Karine on February 14, 2011:

My rabbit's favorite toy is a balloon (about the same size as him) that he can push around with his nose. He spends hours doing so everyday. Just make sure to always supervise when the bunny plays with it so if it pop he doesn't eat the rubber.

katty loves smokey!(L) on January 20, 2011:

Hey

My Bunny Is Going Mental!!! Smokey Is Jumping Around Like a CrAzY little a little , a little umm a little......any way u get the picture!She Has Hit Her Head Once or Twice , but it was only a little bumb , should i be worried?!:S

signed

katty smokey's owner

luv ya smokey!

i love smokey! on January 13, 2011:

umm yeah right hores and bunnt lover!but how is that meant to help me!HOW how HOW!!!smokey is getting fatter really fast should i be worried and take her to the vet's or should i just leave her be?!it's all very confusing!!!

luv ya smokey!

cloehanna on January 12, 2011:

My bunny loves to sleep and lay near me to rest, is that bad?

Horse and bunny lover on January 08, 2011:

Morgan its bunny nature to scrach and dig you cantstop

you could try rewarding him?her if thay don't scrach you or dig you

Horse and bunny lover on January 08, 2011:

i love smokey if your worried to chande your bunnys diet why don't you go and CUT NOT pull grass as pulling can pull up roots witch is not good for bunnys.

but soz cant help with the jumping, why don't u get it cheked with a vet. i cant help with the pregnancy either...... buck and doe? i would look at some books to see any thing there or ask a vet

Horse and bunny lover on January 08, 2011:

I love smokey since my rabbits sister died and he is small and skinny(we have had him cheked he had a tooth abcess so he wasent eating fine now:))we have had him in a meadian dog cage over night and let him go out side in his upstaires downstaris hutch and hes fine

thinkin of gettin nother bunny and bonding any tips?xxx

horse and bunny lover on January 08, 2011:

my rabbit is well weird since his sister died he keeps liking my and my mums face and arms so we got him a salt lick but he tries to dig through it instead of eat it or lick and when i lay down on the floor with him on my chest he jumps up to the couch.....Hes one weird bunny

skyla on January 04, 2011:

ok listen i am gettin a bunnie thursday and i haVE THE CAGE FOOD TOYS TREATE LITTER BOX SOOOO YEA BUT I DON'T know what to like how to train him you know

Nikhil Patil on January 03, 2011:

I have a pet rabbit , whoes name is snowy , he is 3 months old ,he never bites me , he is very cute and white , he hopps all day and always cares 4 me .

LOveBunnies on December 29, 2010:

Why do rabbits always want to run away

i love smokey!(L) on December 28, 2010:

help we think smokey is pregnet!

I LOVE SMOKEY! on December 23, 2010:

CAN SOMEONE PLZ REPLY!it's important!

i love smokey! on December 23, 2010:

Me and my two little sister's are wondering how to tell if our bunnies are female's or males!?it's sooooo hard to tell and my mum's friend said to press down on there tummy and if something come's out of there butt then it's a boy if nothing comes out it's a girl so we did that nothing happened so we think there girls but i am starting to wonder bout smokey,smokey is bigger than the other's.......

i love smokey on December 23, 2010:

Smokey is basically CRAZY!we have this paddock next door to us and we let smokey and our other rabbits out coco and ebony, so we sit on the grass and watch them run around it's really cute!but they always do this like big high jumps that are dangerous and we don't know what to do please someone help!?plus we cant not take them out 4 grass time because thats part of there diet!

help ASAP!

love ya smokey!

i love smokey on December 23, 2010:

Are you meant to let your rabbit insidemor should they stay out side?

plesas someone answer ASAP!

love ya smokey!

i love smokey on December 23, 2010:

smokey is basically my life and i don't know what i would do with out her plus i am trying to get ready to play these games every one is on about,if i am going to do them i need to know what foods are there fav to eat!please someone nswer ASAP!

love ya smokey!

morgan on December 06, 2010:

my rabbit is so cute but it needs to learn how to not to scratch.

meme on October 22, 2010:

i love rabbits

Laura-Mae on October 18, 2010:

I'm really interested in trying these games out!! My rabbit loves to hop around, and I'm pretty sure she and I have a good bond already (she doesn't mind me picking her up, and she always runs over whenever I go to her cage to pet her). All I have to do is make sure I have a rabbit-proof room in the house so she can run around without any worries!

Thanks for posting this!! C:

Magen on September 26, 2010:

Its really fun to train you rabbit? i am teaching mine to walk on to legs it really easy to do this take it favorit food hold it above its head then say up or beg but if your bunnyy all ready knows beg or up don't give it the treat once your bunnie has learned beg or up tell you bunnie to beg or go up once its in that form move the treat slowly away from your bunnie keep it a little above head level and one it takes a few tiny steps give it the treat and av=fter a while your bunny will be able to walk about a foot like this or more. im also teaching my bunnie to be littler trained there is a secret to doing this if you put bedding in the its cage take all the bedding out they will not need it inless its winter ( in a good time to start the tick in the spring if your bunny is an outside bunny but if not you cant stare when ever you would like) after you have taken the bedding out fill the litter box and put in the cage. your rabbit will finally get the hang of this.

emily on September 26, 2010:

training my rabbit is a fun thing to do now my rabbit is smart horay!!!

melon on September 22, 2010:

I looovve my bunny Benny! She's my behbs.

bunnyboy on September 15, 2010:

hey i have bunny

Jasmine on September 09, 2010:

My bunny was a bit older when we got her, (about 1yr and a half) and I cant get her to play! lol I think she just likes to relax on the couch lol. I've tried EVERYTHING with her, stuffed things into cardboard tubes, made little tunnels, places for her to hide, lol nothing seems to get her excited, well except when I rattle her lead, then she knows its time for a walk, although, she chews it sometimes ha ha

clo on August 05, 2010:

my rabbit molly loves playing football and plastic goals with no net in! she pulls it all apart then sits down by her treats and looks like she wants another treat but she only gets one a day! she also likes playing hide and seek with me its really hard to find her because she is black! one more thing she likes to do is scrape out the wood shavings and hay when I've cleaned her out!

Rita on July 22, 2010:

I bought a bunny about a month about, she is 3 months old. I made a little necklace out of wood blocks and I wave it around in front of her while she trys chasing it, circling around it, standing up to reach it, all sorts of cute little things! Its adorable. After doing this, she runs around me doing binkies.

We also found her playing in this giant pile of bubble wrap which we had for moving. She found it in our closet and she jumps on it, digs through it, and gets caught in it. Its adorable when shes triyng to find her way out of it. I think she really likes it when the bubbles pop under her feet.

Another thing she enjoys is going into the center of a bed sheet. We then pick the bedsheet up, with her still on it, and gently swing it from side to side. She gets really excited!

diana the biggest rabbit fan alive on July 09, 2010:

wow i have 10 bunnies and i cant give attention to all of them plz help! WHAT DO I DO! i wanna play with them all at once

hailey on June 21, 2010:

i have had my bunny for 18 monts i love them

LeeLee on June 14, 2010:

I just got my baby bunny about 3 weeks ago she is adorible she already knows her name and when I let her out to hop around on the floor she sitts on my dog it so funny she loves dogs its funny though because my dog is so calm about it. When I got her she was a little frisky so I had to put her up in her cage in my room I turned on my disco ball n she started hopping around in circles and when ever I take her outside on her leash she likes to play the car game (Witch is hop out of her leash find the nearst car thats parked and hide under it and when I finaly go under there to get her shes out from under the car!)

Rugters on June 13, 2010:

I noticed that my bunny loves to lick so i tried puttin food on my legs and he would lick it off and clean the food then me its so fun

daisybunny from Canada on June 03, 2010:

Don't forget to cuddle it!! xD

Simi on May 28, 2010:

I just noticed that half way through the comments it started to sound like a bunch of 10 year olds were rambling on... Anyways.

Great ideas for bunny play, but I already do things like that with my bunny... She just seems... bored all the time. She still occasionally binkies for me... but no where near as much as she did when I first got her. I almost think she would enjoy having a playmate. But I'm not sure.