I don't think you can train a GSD pup to not go after your bird in flight. Soft mouth is rare, though Kastle brought his momma a baby cardinal unharmed! https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-cardinal.html
Cute budgie and sable!
I would keep them separated for the budgies safety.
My dogs got our little lovie Mojo, and there was nothing left but a few feathers...he was the best violet fischers lovebird in the world. It was heartbreaking that the escaped his cage for a bit of freedom.
I do have other birds and only one dog was safe with them...my golden/border x. She never ever harmed a bird, and let our chickens free range along with her in our yard.
My GSD's are not like that, but you can train your pup to leave it. Not sure I'd 100% trust it, however.
I agree with this. You could probably teach your dog to leave the bird alone, but you probably shouldn't trust that training. No animal is 100% obedient. Even people aren't(probably especially
). It just takes one little slip up to end that little budgie's life
. I have 7 birds and a german shepherd with high prey drive. He's nearing 4 years of age, and he's still never met them. I crate him or put him outside when I'm having birdy time in the house. You can train as much as you want, but you'll never have 100% obedience from an animal(even super well trained police dogs screw up sometimes), and it's just too risky to trust them with another life.
It's still a good idea to teach the puppy to ignore the bird, though, for those times when they accidentally are out together. What I would do is bring the bird cage downstairs with the bird inside and the dog on a leash. Every time the dog looked away from the bird, I would praise and treat. Whenever the dog looks at bird, I would say "No" and redirect with a toy. You'd probably want it to the point where the dog makes an effort to avoid the bird.
I don't think I'd try to train the puppy to ignore the bird when it is flying around unless the puppy was leashed and wearing a muzzle. It's just so risky.
Most likely you'll end up having to keep the bird in a separate room when the dog is out, and keep the dog in a crate or in a separate room whenever the bird is out. My birds have their own bird room, so they don't mind as much that they don't have free roam over the whole house since the room is big enough. Chrono sleeps so much in his crate anyway that having to crate/cage and rotate isn't that big of a deal for any of the animals.