Kristin A. McClinton

Rabbit Person
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I work full-time as a computer software engineer and I am a published poet. My books can be found on Amazon. I have 2 bunnies right now - Stormie and Lady Bridgerton.

Interesting Morning

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In this clip it is raining outside. Stormie also has his ears straight up and he periscopes a few times. I think the rabbits use their nose to identify which button they want to press. This would make sense because I usually rub food or put food on & around the lower part of the board to help with memory and word association.

In this clip, Stormie sniffs the OUTSIDE button before standing over and pressing the MAD button with his right paw. If he was asking for food, hay, or water he would have hit either FOOD, HELP, or LATER.

I can't think of anything other than the rain that he would be mad about at 5:30am. The only other thing I can think of is that I opened the blinds a little bit yesterday for the first time. They seem to be curious about the window so I opened it and said OUTSIDE. So, Stormie could be mad not because it's raining, but because he can't see the rain with the blinds closed.

Also, the MAD button is not used often. When it is used, it's usually by Lady Bridgerton. Interestingly enough, Lady Bridgerton sniffed around the buttons before Stormie but didn't push a button.

Additionally, about 45 minutes after this, Stormie pushed the NIGHT button. I explained that it's actually morning even though it's still dark. For this reason, I wonder if Stormie used the MAD button because he was confused about why it was still dark and there's no sunlight...or if he was MAD that it was still dark and there was no sunlight.
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Hex Tiles & Picture Labels

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I checked Amazon but couldn't find the hex tiles and picture labels. Where should I look?

Arguing With Rabbits

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Me: Night
Rabbits: Happy Food
Me: Night Now
Rabbits: Night Later
Me: πŸ˜πŸ€¦πŸΎβ€β™€οΈ

The rabbits are demanding treats after having several. They hit the HAPPY button without being prompted. Then, when I hit the NIGHT button and tried to move on with my life, the button marathon started...at least they asked this time and didn't just go steal the treat bag (on top of a drawer and inside of a bucket). I spent a 2-3 minutes laying on the floor with them before going to my room. I wonder if that sparked the sudden communication frenzy...

Also, they don't always hit the buttons right after the other. Sometimes the different words are spaced out after repeated presses of the first word. Sometimes they work together to hit the buttons in sequence. Sometimes they will use each paw on two different buttons at the same time. Lady Bridgerton is more prone to frustration so she will just walk on the buttons when she doesn't get what she wants. Stormie is more careful, patient, and strategic when he's excited or frustrated. He rarely uses the MAD button and often uses the HAPPY button without expecting a treat... Lady Bridgerton uses the MAD button more often and always expects a treat.

Video coming soon.
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Never Too Early For A Bunny

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Alarm: *Jingle*
Me: {Hits Snooze}
Bunnies: {Hit Buttons} "Food, Happy"
Me: Ok, I'm up. I'm coming! {runs to bunnies; remodels buttons} Food, Happy, Now?
Bunnies: {Begging and Looking Hopeful}
Me: Yes? Ok. {Thinks} I should really get a Morning button...
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Answering A Question

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Stormie Rabbit hit the HELP button while I was working. I asked "What do you need help with?" The next button he pressed was FOOD. What's interesting is that he didn't push the buttons directly in sequence like I model sometimes to encourage putting words together. Lady Bridgerton used HELP FOOD in sequence for the first time a few days prior to this. However, this was the first time the buttons were separately in response to my question. It was more of a conversation rather than a one-sided demand like I had been modeling.
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Trying To Find The Best Place

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Trying to find the best place for Stormie's buttons. He prefers them flat on a surface rather than at eye level. But he likes to take the button off of the board so... challenge accepted.

Stormie Rabbit - First Button: "Out"

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Today I introduced Stormie to his first button "Out". He seemed to be confused about the button: why I was using it, what it meant, etc. He hasn't pushed it yet, but I modeled it a few times while he was biting the bars of the cage. He decreased the force of his bites on the bars after the video. He also did a little thumping (a bunny foot stomp) to express frustration. This is different than the destructive tantrum behavior he displays when he is extremely bothered and feels the need to protest. That kind of behavior is displayed during moments of closeness with a rabbit he is not yet bonded with. He also displays this destructive tantrum behavior when he is jealous of the other bunny's free roam and exercise time. I do not allow them to free roam at the same time because my home is a new environment for them and they are not completely bonded. This makes them more prone to ignoring or forgetting their designated litter boxes due to the level of excitement and/or preoccupation with their new surroundings. This, as well as them wanting to mark everything as their territory makes sharing spaces slightly more complicated than it would be with single bunny to human bonding. That is why I thought "Out" would be a good first button word because it is a request for territory. Stormie's favorite thing to do is escape his enclosure and run to my bedroom (at any given time of the day). Just yesterday, he escaped to wake me up. If I allowed him to sleep at the end of my bed he would. I just don't trust him in every area. I don’t want to wake up to a mess in my bed because a bunny didn't make it to their litter box in the middle of the night. Overall, Stormie will be my primary learner because I know he has a major interest in communicating and experiencing new things. He is also easily motivated by things other than food.
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