Hi, I just adopted a 10-year-old QP named Penny a week ago. The first few days, I kept her in the bedroom in her big cage so she could get used to where she would spend most of her time. The last three days however, I have been bringing her into the living room, in a smaller cage, so she can be around and get used to my roommates and the rest of the house. She is adjusting quite well. The problem is that I also own a Shih Tzu and my roommate owns a Chihuahua. At first the dogs were just curious, trying to figure out what was making the chirping sound. Now that I've brought her into the living room,however, their behavior has changed. My Shih Tzo is extremely jealous. He barks and whines at me a lot but when I try to pet him, he backs up out of my reach. When I bring the bird out, both dogs scratch at the gate to go back in the bedroom where they are usually not allowed. They are also both depressed. They lay in their beds looking forlorn and dejected. The Chihuahua is scared of the bird and shakes if she is made to come anywhere close to her (within 5 feet). Penny is in her cage on top of the table but she still terrifies the smaller dog. It breaks my heart. I'm trying to spend extra time loving them, playing with them, giving them special treats, etc., but it is not making a difference. My dog, the Shih Tzo gets extremely jealous when I feed the bird, so I have tried to include him. I've found out that he likes sugar snap peas, apples, blueberries, and grain bakes! Any advice on making this transition easier for the dogs? (Penny is doing fine.) Thank you.
I have two Coton de tulear, they really like having a Quaker buddy, Casey always tells them when to wake up and bark and around the cage is always cleaned by the pups! It sounds like you are doing the right thing by sharing the treats... Just give them time and hopefully they will get use to having Penny around.