How to Leash Train Your Rabbit the right way!

by Joshua Paulson

Do you have a rabbit and want to show it off to your friends? Or, do you want to take it to the park so it can hope around enjoy itself in a different environment than your yard? You can always carry the rabbit, but that’s no fun. Teach your rabbit to walk on a leash—then you’ll for certain stand out from the crowd and your little furry friend will get more exercise.

A rabbit needs to wear a collar that does not put any pressure on the neck. A spooked rabbit may try to bolt, and a collar that has a strap around the throat can cause injury before you get a chance to calm your bunny. A rabbit collar should go around the shoulders and the chest, and use a firm rope or light chain as a leash. As with teaching most animals, there will likely be some stern tugging by the rabbit to go where it wants to go in the beginning. A stretchy rope will make it more difficult to convince the rabbit that you are in charge.

The only time the leash should be attached to your rabbit is when you are training it. The leash should be an indication to the rabbit that work is going to be done. Soon enough, when the rabbit learns how to walk while on the leash, it won’t seem like work, but at first it needs to learn that leash = work, no leash = play.

Rabbit Leash Flemish Giant

Don’t fall into a habit of leaving a leash on a young rabbit in the yard or even in the house. Some will do that because it can be easier to catch a young rabbit with a leash. However, it is also a way to get a leash wrapped around something, resulting in the rabbit getting injured, or, if outside, becoming prey to a predator.

As with any animal, you may have to do a little pulling to get the rabbit to walk on the leash at first. That’s all right, and that is why you choose a harness that doesn’t put pressure on the neck or throat. Once the rabbit begins to walk, then you have to use the leash to pull it to walk beside you when it is on the leash. If it chooses to try to wander off, a gentle tug to redirect its little bunny brain should be all it takes to remind it that when it is on the leash, it goes where you go.

Time and perseverance are all that is required to leash train a rabbit. Be patient and don’t give up, and soon enough you and your bunny will be well known in your neighborhood.

Author: Joshua Paulson and Quality Cage Team
Josh is the owner and CEO at Quality Cage Crafters since 2015. During his time at Quality Cage Crafters he has been able to learn from tens of thousands of pet owners and pet educators. He blends his ambition for manufacturing and passion for animal care to create solutions for pet owners, breeders, animal rescues, and zoos. He has brought together a team of great animal lovers to create high quality pet care content for the Quality Cage Crafters audience.


  • Steve McGee

    My bunnies love walking on a leash, everyone watching us thinks we are weird af!

  • Haileigh Lezada

    My Rabbit always wants to get out of his collar, but there is no pressure at all. What should i do?

  • Tink

    I have a harness and leash set for my bunny. As soon as I put it on him, he flops over is is like lum… nope!” How can I get him over his fear/aversion to the harness?

  • Kaylie Von Honaker

    What if I am at a standstill. Should I keep him on the leash?

  • George Foster

    Mine takes one look at the leash and goes elsewhere! He will not go near it, and he has not even tried it on.

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