While some rabbits enjoy head scratches and such, that wasn’t the case with Yohji. He used to always shy away from people. He’s fine with people being near him, but the minute anyone reaches out to pet him.. he’s off like the wind!
Good thing he’s a little piggy with a huge appetite for treats! For the past year, I’ve been trying to teach him that coming into contact with humans isn’t going to make a bunny sizzle and melt away 😛 To encourage contact with me, I offer him treats in such a way that he had to climb on me in order to get to the treat.
He was very reluctant at first, but over time his appetite got the better of him. He climbs all over me for treats, and lets me pet him while he’s munching away. Most amazing of all is that he has actually progressed to demanding attention, something I never expected from him! I’d be watching tv or reading a book on the couch, and he’d plant himself on the ground in front of me (just like in the first picture), with an expectant look on his face.
There goes a good tv programme or book.. how dare I expect time to myself when there are bunnies to slave over!