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Old 11-02-2004, 09:20 AM
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We have just brought a new pet parrot into our house. It is in a large sturdy cage that sets on a stand about 2 ft. off the floor. This is the first day the bird has been here and I have been watching them closely but several times our dog has jumped her front paws up on the side of the cage to better see the bird. I am thinking that it might be better to train her that she cannot go near the cage. Has anyone had experience with this? She will be locked in a different room when we are not around, but I would like them to get along when in the same room. I see something called a scat mat sold and wonder what others think of it? I can tell that our dog is looking at the bird as a nice snack!
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Old 11-02-2004, 07:18 PM
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What kind of dog is she? Bird dog? (sorry, )

I haven't seen the Scat Mat, so I can't tell you anything about that. You could try a motion sensor attached to a tape player that admonishes your dog "Down!" when she gets too close to the cage.
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Old 11-03-2004, 08:45 AM
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I really like the idea of a motion sensor and tape recorder. Would be fun to have a hidden camera too - to see the dogs reaction! She is doing much better now that the bird has been here a few days. I am making her stay a few feet away from the cage. I will take it slowly and carefully though.
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Old 11-03-2004, 09:17 PM
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I have a parrot and a bird dog. We let them check each other out under close supervision. I held the bird and my boyfreind held the dog. My bird lunged at the dog and that took care of it. I wouldn't recommend that if you don't trust the dog. Try using a squirt bottle when you see him jump on the cage. Also make sure you are cleaning the cage frequently. The food or poop in the cage might attract the dog. Depending on the size of the beak it could do some damage to you dogs nose. So it is in is best interest to stay away. But I am sure the dog doesn't know that yet. It is also important for the bird not to be traumatized by the dog because it could become phobic and start feather plucking. Please be careful if you have the bird out of the cage. You could have a disaster happen really fast. Good luck. What kind of parrot did you get?
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Old 11-04-2004, 08:46 AM
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Our parrot is a little Quaker just weaned. She is very tame and has not seemed upset at all by the dog. Yesterday she was even coming down on the cage floor right up to the front of the cage to see the dog up close too. I have been keeping a very close watch on them and am still debating if I want to raise the cage stand up higher so that the dog can't get so close to the bird. I don't feel that I would trust her if she was in the room alone with the bird in the cage for a long time and wonder if in time I willfeel like I can or not. Right now the big cage sets about two feet off the floor on a stand with the birds favorite perch at about 4 ft. Our dog is an animal shelter adoption - a mix of possibly setter, spaniel ? We are only taking the bird out of the cage when the dog is locked in another room - I would not try it otherwise. I have read that Quakers may chase a dog if given the chance though but sure would not want to risk injury to the bird.

When you first brought your bird home what was your dogs reaction and how did you handle it. How long did it take your dog to get used to the bird well. I would really apprectiate any info. you can give me on just how you did it.
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Old 11-04-2004, 09:25 AM
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Quakers are so cute. I have a lab. He was very interested in her. All he wanted to do is sniff her butt. hehehe! I let him do that. My boyfriend held onto his collar and I held onto the bird. All the bird wants to do is bite him. So Fred stays away from her. He will run away from her and she will chase him down. Fred was not happy with the bird moving in. He was very jealous. I think he is better now because when I would talk to her,he would cry and bark. He doesn't do that anymore. I have had her for about a year and he knows that she isn't going anywhere. Just make sure he doesn't feel left out. It wouldn't hurt to put the cage up higher if you can. If you want more info on birds just visit Parrot times forum and flight feather forums.
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Old 11-15-2004, 03:47 PM
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I have an Umbrella Cockatoo. My dogs and him get along fine. Sadie's a bit more aggresive than Nora but nothing drastic.
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