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Re: Lovebird pet aggression

Posted by Jessica on 7/13/06
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    Aly,

    Pet lovebirds DO want to be on and with their owners as much
    as possible. They are very hands-on birds. However, this
    does not mean that you can't teach your bird to stay on his
    playgym.

    Some birds do need routine. Lovebirds are alright (and
    probably even better off) without it. Like you said... if
    they get used to a specific routine and you break that for
    one reason or another, you're bound to end up with an angry
    lovebird. Lovebirds are stubborn little creatures and can
    hold a grudge against their owner for a little while if
    you've done something that makes them mad!

    Due to the fact that you have been gone all day, your
    lovebird is understandably in need of some one-on-one
    attention when you get home. He's waited very patiently for
    your return, and once you're home, he expects that this is
    HIS time. :) This does not seem like an unreasonable
    expectation, so try to give your lovebird some physical
    attention when you first get home. Set aside at least 15
    minutes to interact with your bird. Let him out, pet him,
    rub his cheeks (isn't that the cutest?), etc. Once he gets
    some of this attention, he may not feel as "starved" for it.

    Put something fun and interesting on his play-top. Add some
    of his favorite toys. Give him food treats when he is on
    it. While we think the play gym or play top is supposed to
    be a fun place, many of them are plain and boring and don't
    offer any entertainment for our pets unless we add
    something. If your lovebird knows that he will get a special
    food treat when he's on his play top, that might make it more
    interesting for him.

    You say that he stays on his play top for 5 - 10 minutes.
    That's a great start! Lovebird attention spans can be short,
    and their activity level makes them want to move after about
    this length of time. Try to intervene BEFORE he jumps off of
    the cage. Go over to him, talk to him, step him up once or
    twice to get some of that physical interaction, and then put
    him back down on his play top. Right now, he feels like he's
    not really getting any attention from you unless he jumps off
    of it (when you go to pick him up and put him back on the
    top). If you can give him attention while he's still ON the
    play top, that would be better incentive for him to stay
    there.

    Otherwise, stubbornness and patience are your best tools!


    On 7/12/06, Aly wrote:
    > He and again only guessing cause he acts/looks like a boy
    > . Anyway, he just turned 9.5
    > wks and he doesn't really nip at all. I have been playing
    > and massaging his cheeks which he loves. He'll turn his
    > head to get places he wants rubbed like his check or the
    > back of his neck. I put him on his back in my hand and rub
    > his tummy and he seems to enjoy it. He allows you to open
    > his wings (practice for when they need cutting again). He
    > really is doing very well thus far. I could not be
    > happier, he enjoys showers and he was actually upset this
    > morning b/c he didn't get one this morning (he needs to
    > learn not ALL the time he will get s shower, just in case I
    > don't have time one day or something else, I don't want to
    > make anything a routine that would upset him if I miss a
    > day, better doing it all now so he won't be upset later.
    > My only other issue is he is like glue to me. I bring his
    > cage out into the living room when we get home from work
    > which is anywhere from 3ish to 6 at the latest (and he is
    > very patient during the day to wait (his cage is very
    > entertaining). Anyway, he is clipped and done so properly
    > by his breeder. BUT, he still can fly quite a distance
    > before losing any height. I mean he'll fly 6-8 ft from his
    > cage to me on the couch. And he isn't content to just stay
    > on the cage or playtop, he wants to be with me. How can I
    > break this habit? I continue to put him on the playtop and
    > show him food and toys but 5-10min. and he chirks, dances
    > and comes flying back to me. After 3-4 put backs I put him
    > into his cage where he waits happily without noise or
    > fuss. But if the door is opened later he's like glue
    > again. So I continue to do this and over and over we go.
    > Am I doing this right? Should I just be as stubborn and
    > continue? I don't mind doing this I just want to be sure I
    > am doing it right. I am going to go get a small time out
    > cage this weekend for him so I can replace the cage for
    > his "time-out". What are your opinions to keep him on his
    > cage for a bit while I work etc.
    > THANKS for all the help, again, I really appreciate it.