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Maya, Wy, Woo, Wei and Wyn
Birds and Dogs
Sun Feb 18, 2018 10:20am

Sorry, Kit, I forgot that you live with two parrots. I have lived happily with parrots and dogs for many years also (various species including an African Grey, an Amazon, Macaws and Cockatoos). In my case I brought baby birds into a home with my mature dogs whose natures I knew thoroughly and had an area where I could also close off for the birds to offer each group safe time because as you know the birds can be loud and teasing to the dogs just as the dogs can be curious and playful at times when the birds may not be in the mood. They all learned. The Ws came in as puppies and by then I had a separate aviary but they were introduced to the birds as puppies and have a healthy respect for the by then mature birds who totally dominate them. Although the Ws are advanced seniors now (11-13 1/2) they still maintain that healthy respect for the birds.

I say all this to say that I believe that it would be risky to introduce a mature dog to mature birds and consider it safe. I think mature birds can handle being introduced to young dogs or puppies because they are clever enough to dominate the situation and establish themselves in the pupís mind as a dominant being no matter their size for life especially if you train the pup to support that suggestion. I am not saying it will be impossible to train a mature dog to have the same respect or to accept the dominance of a bird but I think the reliability factor goes way down.

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