Hi!!! I'm not sure where to post this, but here goes: I got my first dog! He's a 3yr old Maltese cross, we adopted him from the RSPCA (a rescue organization in Australia.)
As you might already know, I have 3 birds: a cockatiel and 2 budgies. At first (about a week ago) they completely flipped out when they saw him. Flapped around in their cages, screeching etc. The dog (Frankie) is not aggressive at all- He sort of looked at them and sniffed the air, then pretty much ignored them. The birds are much better today- Frank's asleep on my floor now and the birds are just eating and whistling and going about their business fine.
So my question is; what are other people's experiences with birds and dogs? Will it ever be ok to have a bird on my shoulder while the dog is in the room? Missy seems keen to come out right now and I'd let her, but I'm not 100% sure if it's ok? I'd never leave them unsupervised together obviously. I'm not really even aiming for them to be friends, I'd just like the birds to be able to feel comfortable with the dog being around- I don't want them feeling terrified and upset about it, especially since I really don't think he'd harm them.