to Trance Your Rabbit
extracted from the Chicago
House Rabbit Society website
people are surprised to see a bunny in the position
shown in the photograph. However, with practice, most
rabbit owners can get their own bunnies to go in a trance.
This can be extremely useful when : (1) Trimming Nails
(2) Assessing your rabbits health (3) Visiting
your veterinarian (4) Bonding with your rabbit.
There are two approaches -- some bunnies prefer lying
flat perpendicular to the floor and others prefer to
be on an angle (requiring you to bend your knees). Take
it slowly. It is recommended that you do this on the
floor to lesson the possibility of injury from a fall
if your bunny jumps free of your hold.
First, see how your bunny reacts to being placed on
his/her back. This may take practice -- consider it
a success if they stay still for only a few seconds
before wiggling free. Practice this several times a
day. Get your bunny used to being handled. Once they
are still, try removing your hands from holding them.
Again, this may only be for a few seconds in the beginning.
Next, gently touch their paws so that they continue
to relax and not tense up. Speak gently and slowly to
reassure them. Stroke their heads and ears. Some owners
place a small towel over their bunnies eyes so they
remain calm if they get too agitated during their beginning
"trance" sessions. You want your bunny to
reach a level of total relaxation -- eyes normally close
during this relaxation period. Good luck!