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Small animal training

Below you will find some of the AHS Training School options for small animals.

Rabbit agility

Rabbits love to jump and explore. Agility programs provide exercise and mental stimulation for both caged and house rabbits. Rabbit agility classes are also an ideal way to interact and have fun with your rabbit, providing a perfect bonding experience.

Tunnels, ramps and jumps are all a challenge for the explorer bunny. To prepare your rabbit for this new experience, the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society offers Band classes to teach your bunny socialization skills and adapt them to a leash.

Band levels

  • White Band: Rabbits will learn socialization skills as well as leash walking skills, foot cues, and targeting.
  • Yellow Band: Intro to Agility obstacles. Rabbits will learn to hop over 4” jumps and negotiate short tunnels and the A-frame.
  • Green Band: Rabbits will be introduced to the bridge and curved tunnels. Jump height and spread increase. Voice cues will begin to be added.
  • Blue Band: The tire jump is introduced. Rabbits learn to turn in response to verbal cues. Jump height and spread continue to increase.
  • Purple Band: Reliability is stressed. Recall and obstacle discrimination by name. Water jumps are introduced.
  • Red Band: Off-leash reliability is stressed. Complex sequencing. Classes are tailored to the needs of the individual class members.

Our methods: We use only bunny-friendly, gentle methods in our Training Program. Our instructors use a combination of lure/reward and clicker training methods because they are fun and easy for all family members. Please feel free to observe our classes without your pet if you have any questions or concerns about our methods.

Our Band Levels program is created so that you can progress at your own speed.

New classes start every 5 weeks.

Training Pass Fees*
5 week Training Pass: $25 ($20 w/ discount)
10 week Training Pass: $50 ($45 w/ discount)
*$5 discount given for registered 4-Hers, MCRS members, and AHS adoptees.

Health Requirements: Rabbits must show no signs of communicable disease, including eye or nasal discharge, diarrhea, or signs of skin or ear mite infestation. Rabbits should be bright eyed and alert, and have been in the home for at least two weeks prior to beginning classes. All rabbits must also be spayed/neutered before attending.

Equipment: Carrier for rabbit to rest in. Either plastic or wire is acceptable. H-style harness (available for purchase). No Figure-8 harnesses. Leash: 4’or 6’ nylon, cotton, or leather leash, no wider than ½”. No double-handled leashes, chain leashes or retractable leashes, please.

Treats: Please do not feed your rabbit, other than hay, on the afternoon of class. Bring your rabbit’s favorite treat cut into tiny pieces. Treat suggestions include carrots, apples, greens, oatmeal, sunflower seeds, raisins, craisins, cheerios, yogurt drops, papaya, dried pineapple, or dried banana.

For dates and information about upcoming classes please contact the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society by email or check out the MCRS website for lots of great information about rabbits.

Hoppy Hour

A social hour for rabbits and their owners.  Held every other Sunday at 1 p.m.  Admission is $3 per rabbit.  All rabbits must be spayed or neutered in order to attend.  For exact dates, please contact the Minnesota Companion Rabbit Society by email or check out the MCRS website for lots of great information about rabbits.

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4375 Hwy. 55 S.E.
Buffalo, MN 55313
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1411 Main St. N.W.
Coon Rapids, MN 55448
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845 Meadow Ln. N.
Golden Valley, MN 55422
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1115 Beulah Ln.
St. Paul, MN 55108
(651) 645-7387

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9785 Hudson Rd.
Woodbury, MN 55125
(651) 730-6008

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