Bowie and PaiMei follow me down the hall. They are very good together.
Bowie is a 5 yr old Indian Ringneck; PaiMei is a 1.5yr old Maltese.
I've received and read differing opinions on this duo of species interacting with each other.
In my opinion, I do believe there is always a chance of animal instincts that may come into play, but the domesticated interaction can be very dependant on the training and personalities of each pet.
A big reason I make them 'play' is because it's not a matter of 'if' the birds fly to the ground, it's "when" they will. And they have. And when they do fly to the floor, what will my dog do when it happens?
Reducing the total risk of injury is more important for me than constantly keeping them apart because it could be dangerous.
I've worked a lot with each of them to have them interact without aggression, right from how they were first introduced to each other. Bowie is hand-raised and both are socialized well. They are always supervised when they are both on the floor.
Note, dog saliva is not that harmful to birds. Human salvia however, is harmful to birds. Goggle it:)
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