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    Question Teaching a Staffy to Get Along with a Rabbit

    Hi All

    Anyone out there got any tips for teaching our 12 week old staffyxlabrador to please be nice to his sister, a mini lop rabbit?

    I feel bad that the rabbit has to stay cooped up in her hutch all day when i know how much she loves exploring the garden. I let her out at every opportunity when the dog is asleep inside, or let her roam inside when puppy is outside, but the face to face meetings do not go so well. Buckley (the pup) is never agressive towards millie (rabbit). When i put them together in the same room millie will hop up to buckley and he will wag his tail and lick her. It's when she hops away that we have a problem...he runs madly after her.

    Not much on google, but a few sites tell me to let them play when he is tired or keep him on a lead and praise when he is good. I have done both many times over, but it seems when they are outside all instincts take over and buckley completely forgets his 'gentle' command. It's at this point that i get scared he is going to hurt her and put millie back in her hutch. I've also caught him scratching at her hutch at times and there's no doubt in my mind that when he is older he will be able to break into it.

    Would love to hear anyones personal experiences..

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    I, personally would keep them well separated. I have no personal experience with rabbits and dogs. I give the same advice to people wanting their bird and cat to be friends. An accident waiting to happen despite even many years of co existence.

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    to start with has your pup shown any over the top interest in bugs?

    i would start off slowly by introducing by having pup on lead and bugs in someones arms.continue this for a few days.then allow bugs to wander the yard,but have pup on lead.let him follow bugs if he doesnt seem to be getting over the top exuberant but some excitement/play like behaviour is to be expected.

    if he seems too exuberant even after a few weeks of consistent trying then the only option will be to let bugs out while pup is inside/contained.

    just always remember though the prey drive is stimulated further by animals running from pooch.....but if done with patience,commom sense and consistency it can be acheived.
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    i wouldn't say he is over the top with his interest in the rabbit..it's easy enough to temporarily distract him with a squeaky toy but as soon as she comes back into eyes view he will madly try and get to her.

    when we first got buckley i would let millie out on the lawn for about half an hour and have buckley attached to the lead. I probably didn't persist with this long enough because he would get frustrated and bark/whinge...and come time to take him for walks, would hate the sight of the lead. He has never gone to open his mouth at her, he is just very jerky with his movements. guess i'll just have to keep trying

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