On 8/10/07, Chase wrote:
> I'm new to the board. I have a new parrot so my dog now
> stays outside (no chances on Snappy becoming a snack).
> Now my dog chews cable around the house and has even
> pulled out a few small trees. Is there a product that
> won't hurt the dog that will make him stop chewing . . .
> or do I need to bring him back in the house and train him
> not to bother the parrot?
As we have 3 B&G Macaws, an M2, 2 GC Conures, 3 Miniature
Pinschers and a Standard Poodle, all living in Harmony
together in our home after supervised introductions.
Your dog is now acting out against you because he/ she feels
it is being punished for doing something they have no clue
over and are acting out in this manner. Please, think how
you would feel if all of a sudden you had to stay outside
without no reasoning or just cause.
My suggestion to you is to have supervised introductory time
with your Grey and your dog. Let them be introduced at a
distance at first and don't show more attention to either as
this could cause more jealousy, especially with your dog.
Sit with them together and talk to both of them so they can
become comfortable with each other in the house, include
your dog with your bird time and vice-versa, with very close
supervision of course.
Only you know your dog and its behaviour. My suggestion,
before the dog becomes more destructive and creates bad
habits to the extent that you will need to rehome the dog,
because of the bird, is to start the introduction process
and if that doesn't work make sure the bird is caged and the
dog is confined so as not to make contact while no one is
home. This is the best advice I can give. I'm sure others
will offer more.