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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 05-07-2009, 04:05 PM Thread Starter
 
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Here's another question... harnesses... yay or nay...

What do you think... I knowd of like the idea. I want Coco to be able to outside and enjoy himself but I don't want to have to try to catch him... as if I could...
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I have harnesses for all three of my rabbits and they love going outside to play . I don't actually find it difficult to get the harnesses on but I guess it would depend on the rabbit! It might help to let Coco wear the harness in the house for a bit before putting on the leash and bringing him outside. The ones that are more like vests are easier to put on than the standard harnesses--you'll see what I'm talking about when you go to the pet store to look at them .

That being said, I have heard of rabbits who absolutely hate harnesses. For rabbits like that, an exercise pen would be a better option for letting them get some fresh air.

Here are my rabbits outside, you can see the kind of harness I have as well:










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It really does depend on the rabbit. My first rabbit Zeus loved going outside in his harness. But the rabbit I have now, Barnaby, can't go on one. I tried it with him once and he was very nervous. He tried to run and when he felt the pull of the leash he started screaming and flipping out. It was not an enjoyable experience for either of us and I decided that Barnaby is just too nervous of a rabbit for me to take out like that. With both Zeus and Barnaby I started out by letting them wear the harness around the house, so they would get use to it.

I did let him out once since then in an outdoor NIC cage I built and he was still nervous, but not as much. I would never put him on a harness again.


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Smudge loves his harness, but I dont use it very much any more because he is yard trained. But I love taking him other places with it on. ^^
I think it depends on what kind of harness you use too- once I bought him a different kind than usual, and he totally freaked out... I was worried that he seriously hurt himself by the way he was struggling. But hes perfectly fine with his other 3 harnesses, so I guess it just depends.



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I had a harness for my first bun Tabby. She enjoyed going out in the yard. I really didn't need to put a leash on her because she was not physically able to run on the grass. I never walked away from her though because I was afraid a hawk would grab her.
I took Penelope out once but she didn't seem to enjoy it.
I take Teddy out and he loves it. He is not fond of me putting on the harness but once we are outside he is very happy to explore a bit and then flop out. He was found in central park so I guess he was used to being outside. I don't let him go out as far as his leash will go because I am so scared that hawks will grab him.
I would never ever try to harness Ollie or Ophelia - I know I wouldn't live to tell about it.

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I found both my bunnies hated the harnesses in the house and acted the same a s Zues -screaming and flaining madly until I took them off. Once I put on the harnesses in my arms and put them out right away, their fine. SO it REALLy depends on the bunner as mentioned above try some things out to see what works with Coco, good luck
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The first time I put Holly's harness on, I got half of it connected and he ran off. But he did come back pretty soon after so I could take it off him, I guess he knows I will look after him! But for a while it was quite difficult to get on him, I'd just try and he'd stay away from it, he didn't put up a huge fuss just avoided it completely. But if I cuddle him in my lap I can put it on with no complaints at all and he'll sit happily in my arms while I carry him outside to the lawn. He doesn't try to run much, just hops around, explores a little, and he's pretty fine like that.
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