Sarurdays at the Santa Barbara County Humane Society they have $5 per person bunny training classes. You bring your bunny and they provide hay, a mat and a cage on top, and some bunny snacks like lettuce and carrots.
I don’t have a bunny of my own but lately have come to be fond of bunnies because my friend Carlee (@eatplaysmile) has one. She adopted Colbert (pronounced Cole-bear) from the BUNS section of the humane society about a month ago.
Colbert is a large black bunny with white tickings in his coat. When Carlee adopted Colbert he was spade, potty trained and very friendly already. He is a house bunny, he hops freely around their house.
After driving to the humane society and trying to find the education center where the training was held at, we were late. And poor Colbert that hates his small carrying cage and the car ride luckily was able to freely hop around in the pen that they brought out. Many bunny owners and their bunnies were already there, about 6 other bunnies.
Most of the bunny owners were kind of odd, lots were obsessed with their bunnies. They all felt they knew everything about bunnies. It cracked me up most of the time because they would pick other people’s bunnies up (that’s allowed there) and they would talk to them as if they were babies. Guilty, I do that myself but I guess to me to do that to a bunny is silly.
During the first hour was all about bunny care and making sure you feed them right to stay healthy. I learned things I had not known or would not have expected a bunny owner should know. The training part started about an hour into the class. The training that specific day was “click training.”
Click training is training a bunny or pet using food to reward them with good behavior. You use a chopstick with a cat toy ball on the end and a clicker.
First you pick out a snack for your pet (kale, lettuce, carrots, cilantro, banana, apple) and make sure your pet is hungry and will eat it. Then start by rewarding your pet when they touch their nose to the ball, once they touch it click the clicker and feed them a bite of the food. While feeding the bite take the ball away and hide it before starting the process again.
If the animal starts getting bored or isn’t hungry any longer stop. And try again later or another day. Keep this training up and soon you can integrate tricks into the click training.
Colbert got bored very quick, but Carlee and I learned a lot about it so she can practice it with home later on.
As well as bunnies at the training class, there were two Guinea pigs. One Guinea pig was a hairless one. He wasn’t hairless all over but mostly, only some hair on his feet and nose and ears.
Have you ever taken an animal training class?