Early on, I gave Miss Bunz too much space to explore. When she was out of her cage, she could go anywhere in the room. While ideal for exercise, it was not ideal for socializing. It was too easy for her to run and hide. Fortunately, it was a mistake that could be corrected. I started using exercise pens. The smaller area made it harder for her to avoid me as I sat inside the x-pen with her. Instead of reaching out to pet her, I waited until she approached me. Bunnies are curious. It didn't take her long to notice me. With each tentative step, she leaned toward me with ears forward and sniffed the air. When she reached me, she put one paw on my leg, sniffed and quickly hopped away. After a few hops, she looked back, as if she was expecting me to give chase. I didn't.
Time in the x-pen became a daily routine. During feedings, I touched her gently while she was distracted by food. On days when the hours felt short, I napped on the floor inside the x-pen. When I did this, Miss Bunz became more comfortable with my presence. She initiated more contact and I often woke when she nudged my feet or put her paws on me, or when her whiskers tickled my face.