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Old 08-23-2017, 11:07 PM
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The dog is no longer chasing the bird. But my buddy has started doing something a little crazy. Pretty much I started training him with millet yesterday, but now he is craving millet he is now trying to pry his way out of his cage and flying to anything that his a crumb of millet on it. He seems unhappy when he doesn't get it but I don't think he should have it if he does this. What should I do?

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Old 08-23-2017, 11:21 PM
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Are you feeding him a balanced seed mix?

Also it doesn't matter if your dog is chasing the bird or not. Your dog is an animal that has a natural prey drive and may decide at any time to attack your bird. I assume that since you have a dog you have a backyard for it. Put your dog outside whenever your bird is out of it's cage. Or if you don't have a fenced in yard, then move your birds cage into a room (like your bedroom) when you want to take your budgie out of its cage. That way you can keep your dog out of the room without having to lock it up.

Try to keep millet as a treat for training. Millet is like candy to budgies. A child is going to want candy if they see it, and if they don't get it they will likely chuck a tantrum (Budgies do this too). You wouldn't give candy to a child just because they want it, so you shouldn't give millet to a budgie just because they want it. If given the choice, a budgie would eat millet and ONLY millet for the rest of its life, but that would be like a human eating chocolate for it's whole life.
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He is getting a balanced diet and I used this when he did a trick now he is okay.
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Ninjarat, please can you address the issue of whether or not your dog is still in the same room as the bird when you let the budgie out?
The fact that it was chasing your bird around and when we addressed it, suddenly it has stopped seems very unlikely to me.

if you can't be honest with us, we will be unable to help you and more importantly, unable to prevent a terrible accident from happening.

So please address what is happening with your dog while your bird is having out of cage time.

If your parents won't allow the dog to be in a different room, can you move the bird to a different room for out of cage time?
I'm not sure why your parents allowed you to get a bird if they will not allow it to be safe in your home.
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O.K. The reason my parents decided to keep them out at the same time was so the dog could get used to the bird. It didn't happen suddenly the dog was doing it less and less he was getting punished for chasing the bird and is very small and easy to restrain. I have been keeping the bird in a different room when I'm holding him and yes I will be very careful and not let them near each other.
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