My dog is being harassed by a new family of wild birds!

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Lay off the bird, its a wild animal and could even be protected.  Your dog should be smart enough to figure out what to do.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

BellaDee:  It’s just that time of year for birds. This too shall pass. For the time being, just take the dog elsewhere or arm yourselves with umbrellas.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I would call local animal control and see if they have any advice.  We are always calling them because we get a lot of wild animals out at my house and they can be assholes just like your birds.  I’m sure they will have some advice on how to handle the birds.  You’re right you and your dog shouldn’t have to be afraid to go outside to take care of business just because of some rude birds

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Birds and other animals don’t have the capacity for “rudeness” and the dog can and will figure things out on his own.  There are animals that are dangerous, like eagles, but they are protected.  You could not shoot one or hit one even if they had your dog in their claws.

It is not “your home”  that’s a man of law thats rather abritrary.  What’s a bird supposed to do?  “oh, by the way let me check with the town zoning laws” before building a nest?  Find another spot until the bird goes away.  It’s nature.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

It sounds like a mockingbird to me from your descriptions. They can be very territorial and aggressive. People who have never had to deal with one will not understand. They will literally rip the hair out of your head when you go outside (animals too); sometimes even when you are at the other end of the yard. So, it really get your frustration.

You can’t harm the bird, as they are protected as songbirds. The best thing to do is wait it out until the babies leave the nest. For right now I would suggest using an umbrella when you go outside, or using a different section of the yard.

ETA: Here is a picture of a Mockingbird

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Southern California

There are tips online about things you can do to keep birds away from yiur fruit trees, vegetable plants, etc. that doesn’t harm them so I would look into that.  Animal Control might have some ideas as well, but otherwise just bring an umbrella out with you & keep apologizing to Luigi until they hopefully leave 😉

Post # 12
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Worker bee

You said your dog didn’t notice/wasn’t paying attention. It sounds like your dog was peeing and you were harassing birds. Leave them alone, I assure you that your dog will not be harmed by a 2oz bird.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Lmao at this entire thing and the responses. Town zoning laws hahaha

 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I’m not sure what I would do but I would be bothered by this, too. I wonder if making a loud noise might get the birds to scatter long enough for your dog to go outside? Or would it just piss them off? not sure lol

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee

At our old house there was a rather large blue jay who would harass my Chihuahua. To be honest he never really DID anything besides for scream and dive at him, but he never touched him. Obviously the bird was too small to take on my dog so I think he was just trying to scare him off. This went on for a bit til my dog finally realized hey, maybe I shouldn’t pee over there anymore.

I agree with others that it kind of sounds like you over reacted and swept him off before he even had an opportunity to react to it. Birds are doing what they’ll do and have every right to do. If you’re uncomfortable with it, then find another place to take him. Otherwise I’d say ignore it until they actually do something to him, or until he figures out maybe not the best place to potty anymore.

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