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Thread: Dog and bird in the same household

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    Default Dog and bird in the same household

    Ok, so our puppy dalmatian will come home with us at 8 weeks old. The only problem is we already have a cockateil bird that rules our back room. He is not clipped so can fly, we keep the cage open but close the other doors to the rest of house, mostly because I feel terrible locking him in the cage all day. When our Dally is older and it is cooler I have no issue keeping him outside under the verandah but it will be too hot when he first comes home. He will be crate trained for when we our out of the house, but is there anyway to teach our Dally from the start that the bird is not a chew toy? I cant imagine keeping him in the crate all day while we are working. My other half works down the street so can come frequently to let pup out to pee but can they ever share the back room? I am very nervous about this.

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    Accident waiting to happen. Keep them separate at all times. I have to do this with my 3 dogs, the cat and 3 tiels and all have their times with me. I don't care how many people say their bird and dog, cat and bird get on as it only takes the cat or dog to be off colour etc once and turn. I once read on my bird forum of a cat and bird that were very happy together for 7 years...then one day...

    Maybe buy a bigger cage for the bird if the dog is in the back room, I had mine suspended from the ceiling with my other dogs at first when I only had one bird. Toys in there, farraging ones and especially shredding ones keep tiels occupied. They can be easily made..google bird safe stuff. You can then manage who is where and when. The bird will still have safe time out though more limited. Personally, I would rather limited time than a dead bird.
    Last edited by Di_dee1; 09-24-2014 at 11:20 AM.

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    I agree with Di dee1 -. I would dearly love to get another hand raised Tiel but I am sure it would only take one slip such as forgetting to close the cage and an accident occurs.

    good luck

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    I have 2 tiels as well, and yeah, I'd be keeping them under constant supervision around the dog. You can probably train the dog from a pup that the birds aren't to be eaten, but birds are extremely fragile, wouldn't take much for a dog to kill them at all, even purely by accident.

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    I had a lovebird while my cat was still alive and my dog Oscar was about 3. Oscar was great with the bird, let it climb all over him and ride on his back. But I would never have them unsupervised as just an unintentional pawstep and goodbye bird. The cat was another matter, never to be trusted. Her mission was to get that bird. I ended up rigging up a rope and pulley system for the bird cage so it could be hoisted up into the rafters at night when cat and bird were inside together. That worked well.

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