Signs that your rabbit trusts you:
- Your rabbit lies next to you
- Eating from your hand (treats, pellets, ect) NOTE: Your rabbit may not do this if he isn't hungry
- Standing up in his cage when you approach, or coming to the front of the cage when you approach
- Doing binkies around you
- Climbing into your lap
- Grooming himself in your presence.
If you have never seen your rabbit do any of these things, then he probably doesn't trust you. How can you gain your rabbit's trust?
- Sit on the floor while you let your rabbit play (whether on the grass or in your house), and just observe your rabbit.
- Never chase your rabbit or intentionally injure them. This will be counter-productive.
- Lie on the floor on your stomach and engage your rabbit with treats and toys when he comes near. Don't grab at him, don't try to pick him up and talk in a soft, quiet voice.
- Feed treats (such as oats), out of your hand. Have your rabbit watch you while you put treats into his bowl.
- Don't grab your rabbit by the scruff. They associate this with predator behavior, and think they are about to be eaten!
If you lie on the floor with them enough, carve time out of your day to spend playing and being with them, and spend quality time with them, they will begin to understand that you are not a predator - you are a friend!