Understanding Your Rabbit

 

Affection


Head down/presenting: I want to be groomed by my partner or petted bymy human.
Licking: I really want to be your friend. I really like you
Nose nudging: I need attention. Please give me some pets and head rubs.
Pulling on pant leg: Please pay attention to me.


Contentment


Tooth clicking Tooth clicking:
Mmmmm. I like this.
Lying stretched out, feet behind: Life is good.
Flopping over on side or back: Life is very good.
Sleeping: I need my rest.
Ears back and relaxed: Iím secure and happy.


Curiosity


Ears forward:
I hear something over there. What is it?
Ears forward, body leaning forward: Do I dare get any closer?
Sitting up on haunches: If I could just see over that box.
 

Defense or Aggression


Ears back, chin forward, tail up:
Better watch out!
Grunting and growling: Iím not too happy with what is going on.
Biting: I mean business!
Charging: Iíll get you or Ha! I am just bluffing.
Batting with front paws: Stop that. I donít like it.
 

Excitement, Happiness, Joy
 

Circling human: You are my love object.
Running and leaping/twisting in midair (binky): This freedom is wonderful!
Quick shake of head: So good to see you!
Pushing or tossing objects: Iím in a playful mood.
 

Fear, Displeasure
 

Thumping hind leg: Somethingís not right here.
Freezing: I hope no one sees me.
Running: I have to get out of here quick.
Hiding: I am not sure it is safe to come out.
Eyes bulging, third eyelid visible: I donít like this, not at all.
Nipping: Please put me down.
 

Pain


Loud teeth grinding or gnashing Something hurts a lot.
Hunched up and not moving during regular activity and eating times: I feel terrible. My stomach hurts.
Eyes bulging: I am not a happy camper right now.
 

Territorial Actions


Chinning: This is mine, this is mine, this is mineÖ
Scattered droppings: I want everyone to know that this is my kingdom.


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