Dominance & Bonding

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  1. Dec 8, 2019 #1

    ALW

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    We have two almost 2-year-old female Holland Lops that were raised together. Neither have been spayed. We got them from a family at just over a year old and they’re just now bonding with us somewhat. We’ve since made them indoor rabbits with a 5x5 running area at no time are they in a cage. They get along 80% of the time. Here’s my question:

    While we’re petting Holly, Lennon (the standoffish one) will come up and allow us to pet her too for a moment but then she’ll show dominance by humping Holly. This behavior is a recent role reversal as Lennon was always the more friendly one while Holly would hide. Any insight as to how to stop Lennon’s behavior? It scares Holly.
     
  2. Dec 11, 2019 #2

    Augustus&HazelGrace

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    Spaying should make this stop. Also, female/female bonds are fragile anyway and spaying can make that bond a bit stronger. But they need to be spayed before they are 3 because females have an 80% chance of getting uterine cancer after the ages of 3-4 years. Litterbox habits will also be greatly better after spaying.
     
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