Basic Training to get started in Rabbit Hopping
How To Train
Depending on your individual rabbit, the hopping training could take two or three years before a rabbit is good enough to compete in the elite class. Training doesn’t always come easy, and it doesn't always work out. Put the rabbit’s interests first and foremost — if it doesn’t like hopping, don’t force it. Some rabbits, however, seem destined for competitive hopping.
It is best to start with a youngster about 3 months of age. The first thing you need to do is train your bunny to walk on a harness and leash. Rabbit harnesses can be purchased from Pet Shops for around $15.
Before you even start hopping, train your rabbit to walk in a harness and leash for a few weeks. Not until your rabbit is comfortable in the leash should you move on to the next level. This training can start when the rabbit is as young as 4 months old.
Rabbit Hopping works with a rabbits natural hopping ability, but it is not natural for someone to follow behind a rabbit. A rabbit's natural pattern of movement is to hop and stop (in a grazing pattern). Generally rabbits run to escape, fight, or show off. This ment that before we could hop the rabbits over jumps we needed to do ground work with them.
Walking behind your rabbit and let them run in front of you with a small tap on the bottom if they stop is the only way to start .
DO NOT DRAG YOUR RABBIT LIKE A DOG WITH THE LEASH THEY DONT LIKE IT and you can injure your rabbit this way.
When You become a member of our club you will get the "Ground work" information for rabbit hopping.