I am getting a very tame, handraised rainbow lorikeet in about a week but also have a 15 week old Dalmatian. The bird was already paid for and organised before we got Floyd (the Dal). After seeing Floyd chasing every mosquito, moth, lizard etc in the house, the bird isn't sounding like such a good idea -- but we can't turn back now!!! Can anyone give me any pointers on how I am going to introduce this new pet? I am so scared Floyd will try to chase him, bite him etc. The bird will have to be on our shoulders and being handled quite a lot so it remains tame. It will spend the rest of the time in a cage inside the house. We were hoping we could let him go in and out of his cage at will but I don't think we will be able to do this now in case he gets on the floor and Floyd gets too excited. I'm really worried. What am I going to do?????
I have this problem with my cats and mice. If you don't mind that it's not the nicest way to get along with a dog, Introduce them, and then every time he starts to bother the bird, spray some bitter apple on ihs gums. This is how I deal with some problems with my dog.
It's a chew deterrent spray. It tastes really bad to them, but is completely safe. You spray it on problem objects they like to chew on or in their mouth if they are misbehaving. Sorry, you wrote that we should be more specific, huh?
I will go to the pet shop this weekend to see if they have any. Yeah...it gets hard sometimes when people say a brand name or something and I have never heard of it here down under. Thanks for clarifying it though. Hopefully it will work. I have seen quite a few photos on the internet of Dalmatians lying around with cats, birds, chickens on their heads etc etc. I really hope they can be friends. I would love for me to be able to leave them together in a room on the couch and not have to worry AT ALL that something will happen. We'll see!
your dalmation is a baby. of course everything he sees is something to chase and play with. i think if you maybe only take the bird out when your dal is in his crate or when he takes his puppy naps that may work. make sure to keep the bird cage stable so the pup can't jump on it and knock it over. good luck by the way what is a lorikeet? what do they look like? i never heard of that type of bird before. sounds pretty
That is very true Scout. He is only a baby....I think I sometimes expect a bit much of him. Rainbow lorikeets are beautiful birds. They are no longer allowed to be exported overseas from Australia. They might come from New Zealand and maybe Asia as well. Here is a website with photos: http://www.birdsnways.com/mowen/rainbows.htm