Techniques for handling rabbits vary depending on their weight and size. However, it’s advisable to always try and pick up a rabbit with one arm under his bottom to support his weight. Never lift a rabbit by the ears or by the scruff of the neck. If your rabbit doesn’t like being handled, stroking when feeding will help him become accustomed to being picked up.
Because rabbits are a prey animal, their default is to be nervous. They have a wonderful ability to interact with humans but need time and regular, gentle handling from an early age to become comfortable around humans.
To help gain your rabbit’s trust, spend time with your rabbit at ground level, lying or sitting on the floor and letting it approach you in its own time. Tempt it with bits of food, talk to it in a low, soft voice and avoid sudden movements. Let your rabbit become comfortable with simply being close to you before you try to touch or stroke it.