Doesn’t your dog want an Angry Birds® dog toy for the holidays?

Likewise, Birds First! should be the modus operandi of every pointing dog owner.
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This same training method also worked with my dogs. However, some dog species are bred for hunting and I don't know if one can "turn off" this instinct. I had German Shepherds, and various mixed breeds live happily side-by-side with my birds. I followed the same procedure. Caution and supervision is always important.
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The dog is gone. (Watching in Dad’s arms from a distance.) The game of fetch ends safely. Each of these episodes helps the dog get used to birds being around but the restraint is necessary to keep everyone safe. Years later and the dog doesn’t even look twice at the bird, but that’s not to say she won’t always ignore it either. Bird Dog Mashups Show DNA Just Won't Splice - #birds #dogs #mashup #weird
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Photos and videos of birds with other pets tend to start wars on social media. There are many people that swear their dogs and/or cats are best friends with their birds but there are just as many tragic stories where those friendships end in disaster. It’s a tough topic.A big part of how my household works is by establishing my own version of “normal”. I make a point of getting the animals accustomed to each other. A dog or a cat is much more likely to chase something small and feathery if it looks like a new game to them. If small, feathery bundles are a normal sight, the novelty isn’t there. That’s not to say instinct won’t kick in and make them chase the bird anyway – so other precautions are still necessary but it pays to make sure your dogs and cats know that birds are around.There are two main reasons to be concerned about letting your birds interact with your dogs and cats. The first and most obvious is the fact that you’re trying to work around the instinctual relationship between a predator and its prey. The second is the fact that is extremely dangerous to your bird. Their saliva contains gram-negative bacteria that your bird has no defence against. Likewise a cat’s claws are usually coated in these bacteria. This means that even friendly play can be a fatal activity for your bird.The other way that I get my dogs and cats accustomed to my birds is to have them around when the birds are out playing. However, the dogs or cats aren’t left free but are held firmly either by me or by someone else. It really isn’t enough just to watch or supervise, because it only takes a split second for something to change. If your hands are on the dog or cat you will feel their muscles tense when they’re taking too much interest in your bird and you’re already there to react to that.There are several ways of achieving this. The safest way is to allow your dogs/cats to observe your birds playing through a window. My bird room has an internal glass door and internal windows, so I can do this safely from a number of different angles. The birds can do whatever they want, whenever they want knowing that a barrier safely protects them.Aside from having a secure bird room (that my dogs and cats can’t access without help), I have found it helpful to choose my birds’ aviaries with some safety features in mind. For example, my lorikeets are overly friendly. They will climb down and say hello to anything that moves. So consequently, I have them in a raised cage. They can’t climb down all the way to the ground, making it more difficult for them to get casually licked by a dog or swiped by a cat. Similarly my galahs spend a considerable amount of time on the ground so their aviary is made of a fine mesh that a cat’s paw can’t fit through.