How to Teach Your Rabbit to High Five


Rabbits are one of the most popular pets in the world. They are also social, intelligent, and adorable! But did you know that rabbits can be taught to high five? Yes, it is true! It may seem like a silly trick, but training your rabbit how to high five can help build their confidence as well as yours. In this article, I will discuss how to teach your rabbit to high five. So let us get started.

How to Teach Your Rabbit to High Five

A Detailed Stepwise Guide on How to Teach Your Rabbit to High Five:

Step 1 –

Get a rabbit who is “bunny-proud” and likes to show off a little 😉

Step 2 –

Make sure the rabbit is in a good mood. It’s essential that your bunny feels confident and ready to take on new challenges, so try getting him when his energy level is high. On the other hand, if your rabbit seems easily annoyed with you, skip this step until they feel more cuddly.

Step 3 –

Place the treat close to the floor near your side, but not too tight. Hold it just far enough away from you that your rabbit needs to reach for it. This will encourage them to stretch towards the treat without being spooked by sudden movements or reaching out their paws for it!

Step 4 –

As soon as your rabbit stretches out its paws, raise the treat slightly and give a happy high pitched “yes!”

Step 5 –

Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you notice your rabbit seems to understand that stretching for those treats means you will reward them with some praise. If she starts freaking out about how close the threat is, move it an inch further away from you. Keep doing this until she can stretch comfortably with no hesitation.

Keep Doing This Until She Can Stretch Comfortably With No Hesitation

Step 6 –

Once they seem to be very comfortable with step 5, you can start moving your hand a little bit closer as you offer that treat. They may still not know what they’re supposed to do at this point, but don’t lose hope!

Step 7 –

Now it’s time for them to learn the reward for sticking their paws out! Hold the treat in one hand about 2 inches away from their snout and place your other hand beneath them so when they stick their face forward, your other hand is supporting their rear-end, so they kind of have to stand up on their back legs to reach for that treat.

Step 8-

If they stand up on two legs, praise them and give them a treat immediately after. If they try to reach for the joy with their back legs still on the ground, put your hand beneath them and get them to move forward towards the treat.  They may only be able to do this a couple of times at first, but keep repeating these steps (without moving your hand away from their face).

Once you notice more consistency in their two-legged movements, begin raising the treat over their head, so it’s less tempting to bend down and reach for it with their front paws. Of course, the whole process is best done while standing on what they perceive as your “home turf,” so maybe wear some fuzzy slippers or stand next to an armchair before starting! This way, when they stretch out near you, they feel safe and protected.

Precautions While Petting a Rabbit:

1. Never touch a rabbit’s hindquarters, even if it is a familiar rabbit. Rabbits’ back legs are mighty and therefore sensitive to being handled. While they may seem completely docile, the nature of their biological system means that they have incredible strength in their back legs and can kick aggressively without warning. To get away from the source of discomfort, rabbits will also often try to jump high or lunge at you, which could cause injury.

2. Rabbits do not like having their backs touched out of fear that you might turn them over onto their backs while grooming them. This has instinctual connotations with being preyed on by a predator while lying helplessly on one’s back.

Rabbits Will Often Try to Jump High or Lunge at You

3. A rabbit’s appetite is often a good indicator of its health. Keep an eye out for whether or not your rabbit is eating regularly and maintaining a healthy weight, especially in the case of neutered males.

4. Rabbits have very delicate bones that can easily be broken without proper care. Their spines are also sensitive, so try always to support your rabbit’s body with one hand while you pet them with the other to avoid accidental injury.

5. If your rabbit starts to tremble, make a high-pitched noise, kick at you or nip at you when being petted, chances are they’ve had enough! Also, if they start breathing rapidly or seem agitated, stop whatever it is you’re doing and gently push them away from you.

6. Neutered males and females will behave differently when you first reach out to touch them. Females will often flop onto their backs or run away from you because they want you to think of them as the cute, adorable creatures that they are. They may also try to jump up and nip at your hand as if begging for food (bunnies like treats!). On the other hand, male rabbits become still and suspicious but not aggressive – this is their way of testing whether or not you’re trying to play a game with them or if you’ve just reached out to pet them without good intentions.

If their suspicions seem trustworthy, then they may lunge unexpectedly at your hand, which has extremely sharp teeth and claws capable of cutting through flesh. In either case, try to avoid sudden movements and quickly pull your hand away from the rabbit when it starts nipping at you. The longer you keep a rabbit’s teeth away from your skin, the more likely it’ll be that they’ll learn not to bite in the future.

7. Remember that rabbits are prey animals, which means that they have developed instincts that cause them to fear predators like humans. As such, their defensive mechanism is to outrun or fight off their enemy – this includes biting and scratching even if it means drawing blood! If you see minor puncture marks on your hands after petting him/, her chances are he was letting you know what would happen if he had indeed meant business.


I hope this article has offered all the necessary information on how to teach your rabbit to high five. Thank you and have a nice day!

Jennifer Branett
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