We've had our rabbit for just over a week, he is 15 weeks old.
Handling him is going well, except when I put him back in his cage. He is scared and kicks out, which I've learnt to handle by holding him firmly until he calms down. However, the final transfer to his cage generally earns me some scratches on my chest.
I returned to the pet store for advice and the lovely lady showed me how to place a rabbit down, backwards with rear feet first. This was great and I even got to practice with a shop rabbit. However, getting home I realised the crucial difference - in the shop I was placing the rabbit onto a waist-height platform, while at home his cage only has two entrances, both of which I find challenging.
Right before putting him down, I'm holding him to my chest. My right hand is supporting his backside, while my left hand is cupping his skull with a finger between his ears. (This was a position the shop taught me). I try and complete a final movement by shifting my left hand under his front legs and using my right hand to deposit his backside into the cage. Due to the need to put him down and across into the cage, he panics and kicks out.
Clearly my hold is not filling him with confidence. Does anyone have suggestions for how to handle him so he feels safe during the final placement into the cage?