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    Default Dog Starting to Rip Apart Bird Cages

    In the last few days my dog (staffie X) has decided that he has a taste for my love birds. I have (had) two pairs in two cages (approx 1m X 1m) that sit on a table outside. The other morning I found one of the steel cages ripped open and the birds gone and only this morning I found the bird seed container ripped apart on the floor and the second cage opened. Luckily the birds decided that staying in the cage was the best option.

    Why would the dog suddenly go the birds like that when for the last few months hasn't taken much notice? He chases wild birds in the back yard and is generally a destructive dog. Since owning him I have no pot plants left, no herb garden and the shade cloth structure over the herb garden has been bowled over.
    Above paragraph is a bit of a side issue but this bird problem is really annoying because its getting to the point where I feel like the dog has to go to a new home.


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    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    Thought I'd jump in with a couple of questions:

    How often is the dog walked?
    How much training does he have?
    How many training sessions does he get every day?
    Does he get bones to chew on or anything like that?
    What does he do during the day?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2009


    Put the cages out of reach of the dog - build a shelf or hang from hooks on wall.

    Most dogs would be tempted by birds on a table.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010
    Tasmania, AUS


    i understand... but its hard to figure out why all of a sudden he started...has he been getting a little less exercise or something?

    [we looked after a husky one, beautiful girl, but once a budgie got out and she jumped up and snatched it, hardest thing to watch ....]

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    He gets walked off the lead down at the beach every 2-3 days, so he gets a chance to stretch his legs rather than going at my pace, be it walking or jogging.

    He has had no formal or proper training. I picked him up when he was 8-10 months old (had him for 6 months now). I can only blame myself fro lack of training, however after 6 months I can't understand why he's changed his behavior in the space of a couple of days.

    He gets toy ropes/ rubbers chickens and I spend time with him, but he's not interested in toys, only eating pot plants andbeing around people or other dogs (see my thread on digging under the fence for another can of worms...)
    He gets bones on a daily basis but demolished them within 20 minutes.

    He has a large back yard approx 10m x 25m. I'm a shift worker so he gets to see me at random times and is hardly alone for the entire day. Whenever I travel to Adelaide (even overnight) I take him with me.

    Moving the cages would appear the sensible option but I want to work out why he's decided to go for the birds.

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    Join Date
    Jan 2010


    Because he is bored stupid and not getting enough exercise!

    I'm sorry for sounding so snappy, but you have no-one to blame but yourself.

    Even just a half hour walk down the street every day gets the dog out of the stale environment of the yard and activates their mind.

    He would have seen the moving birds and thought that it looked like a good game. As they get more and more bored they start looking for more to do, he may not have seen the birds before and now that he's found them he's found a great game!

    If you can't walk him every day, hire someone to do it for you.

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    Toobs, Staffys are generally active, loveable dogs who thrive on mental stimulation ands affection. My friend has a Staffy cross who is the most wonderful dog but has more energy than 5 Golden Retrievers! She is on 5 acres, runs the dog for 5km twice a day and regularly takes it down to the park so it can socialise with other dogs... and still it is at her all day, wanting her to throw a stick, or a ball, get a cuddle, etc etc.

    I understand working shift work can be a difficult arrangement for you and your dog. My house mate and I work different hours so if I'm not at home she is, and when she isn't I am, which means that our dog is far from starved for attention!

    Dogs are very much routine animals. I wouldn't be suprised if your dog is suffering from seperation anxiety if you are spending large and sporadic amounts of time away from home.

    Before you think about rehoming the dog I think there are some key questions you should ask:

    Is the destructive behaviour happening when you are not home?
    Do you have the time and energy to walk the dog for at least half an hour at least once a day (preferably twice)?
    Can you afford to pay a dog walker to come and pick up the dog and take it for walks with other dogs in an off lead area to wear it out (best to do a couple times a week while you're at work)
    Can you have a friend neighbour or relative come over when you're not home to spend time with the dog?
    Can you take your dog to weekly obedience classes

    There are plenty of things you can do to optimise the physical and mental stimulation of your dog, but the question is whether you have the capacity to do them.

    My money is on your dog being far less destructive once its time is more occupied by you and fun things like walks and socialising with other people and dogs!

    Good luck!

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    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Rural NSW


    Please get the birds up high away from the dog! I suspended my cage from the ceiling when I only had one bird. The rest you can work on once they are safe. Any cage on a table with dogs or cats around is an accident waiting to happen. Sheesh!

    Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.

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    Thanks for the suggestions. After doing a bit of observing through the window, it appears that its not my dog that's going for the birds. Both neighbors to the side and rear of my yard have dogs, one of which I've caught trying to get to the birds.

    After speaking with the local dog warden, she paid a visit to the neighbors and has advised me that both their dogs are unregistered and not de-sexed. She said that the dog's behavior is probably due to the fact they haven't had the snip. It makes sense too, as the dogs always end up in my yard yet my dog never goes into the other yards.

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