Aileen Kara Hudspeth: Hi, my name is Aileen Kara Hudspeth I am here with friends of Rabbits. We are talking about how to care for your rabbit. Now we will be discussing how to handle your rabbit. Today I have as my willing participant Jenny. Jenny is going to need to be supported when I pick her up so I want to make sure that I follow the proper procedure. Proper procedure would not be pulling on her ears and trying to pick her up by her ears, trying to pick her up by her scruff which is not going to happen because really she doesn't have a lot here, not like cats would for example. I am not going to pull her by her tail because that's definitely not anything that's going to make her feel like she is being supported.
The proper way to pick up your rabbit is to make sure that they feel secure at all times and they will kick if they don't feel secured and they really do not prefer to be picked up. So what you want to do is you want to put your hand around the front and one hand under the back and you want to make them feel secure. I am holding firm and tight, but I am not squishing her and I am not squeezing her. So I can feel her and she can feel me. When I put her down, I want to be just as gentle putting her down as I did when I picked her up. That's how to handle your rabbit. Next, we are going to talk about how to relax your Rabbit.