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Help for rabbits behaving badly

PUBLISHED: 11:31 19 April 2003 | UPDATED: 13:45 03 March 2010

PET owners have often taken their dogs to a behaviour group, and maybe even their cats, but what happens when you have a naughty bunny to deal with?

Well, now owners of rascally rabbits can take their furry friends to a new bunny behaviour clinic in Suffolk, set up by Ipswich TV vet Emma Magnus.

PET owners have often taken their dogs to a behaviour group, and maybe even their cats, but what happens when you have a naughty bunny to deal with?

Well, now owners of rascally rabbits can take their furry friends to a new bunny behaviour clinic in Suffolk, set up by Ipswich TV vet Emma Magnus.

Emma, from the BBC1 Barking Mad series, is widely known as a pet behaviour counsellor and is trying to train those rabbits who now live in the home.

"Behaviour counselling presents a real option to both owners and the rabbit, and the results are just as good as with cats and dogs," said the former St Joseph's pupil.

As well as the usual litter training problems associated with keeping animals in houses, rabbits can also become aggressive so the owners have no choice but to leave them alone.

Emma, who herself has three rabbits, Parsnip, Swede and eight-week old Porcini, decided to cater for bunnies after she "saw a few cases every now and then when the rabbits had become aggressive," and found that the cause was often their lifestyle.

"People have to understand that rabbits are social animals and need as much attention as a dog," she said.

Emma advises that to keep your bunny happy, they should be given lots of hay all year round, suitable toys to play with, and space to exercise in.

Hutches should allow a fully-grown rabbit to stand on its back legs and take three or four hops in any direction.

The regular clinic sessions at the Orwell Veterinary Group in Kesgrave will begin on Wednesday, April 23.

Alternatively, hour-long sessions can be arranged to take place in the home itself.

For more information contact Emma on 01473 421886 or 07721 062455.


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