Harley feeling threatened?

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Ok so here is my problem,

We have just taken in my sis-in-laws pet bird. It's a tiny little budgie named ben. The girls love him and everyday stand at his cage and talk to him. we keep his cage on a desk inside.

I have just noticed for the last couple of days that Harley will go up to the cage, cock his leg and 'mark' the desk where the cage is sitting.

He only does this when one of the girls is talking to Ben. I have told him off for doing it but so far the usual repremands aren't working. I'm wondering if he is feeling threatend by Ben and is marking is territory? He still squats when he pee's outside and so far on our walks hasn't showed any interest in 'humping' (sorry couldn't think of another word ) any other dogs and has only 'marked' once or twice.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated as I'm afraid if this doesn't stop, Im gonna have to give the bird back. I can picture the conversation now....

Me- "Sorry but I'm going to have to give you back your bird because my 35kg doberman is feeling threatened by it"

Sis-in-law - "What the.....?!"

Keep in mind that all my inlaws are still under the impression that the doberman is a very vicious breed! I guess this is one way to sow them otherwise! lol

LOL, I'm sorry this is just to funny, the visual of this has given me a good chuckle this morning. Maybe Harley is showing little Ben that this is his house and he better not step one foot out of that cage. I so appreciate my females lol.

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You are lucky! My Sasha loved every dog besides my mother in laws Maltipoo. When we went to her house and I did as much as touch the little guy... Sasha would repay my by pooping right next to me on the floor! EVERY SINGLE TIME! I was always inspected when I got home. Sniffed from top to bottom. My hubby and kids could touch the Maltipoo as much as they wanted!

It took us a while to figure that one out! Needless to say that I did not touch THAT dog till our Sasha passed away!

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Try giving your dobie a treat every time he doesn't pee when the bird is getting attention, or put him in time out whenever he shows jealousy.  My dobie Eva will get jealous when we pay attention to the cat and not her by either chasing that cat off or sitting on the cat.  We started putting Eva in time out each time she did it, so she realized that getting jealous meant she couldn't be near any of us.  We put her in time out on the landing of our stairs.  She can still see us, but from behind bars (the stair rails).  For her this is the worst punishment ever, and 2 minutes feels like an eternity. Now she mostly just moves in closer, but doesn't send the cat away.

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Lol yes rnd it is a sight to see! The first time I told him off but was trying so very hard not to BOL! 

Thanks EvaB, We use time out's often for Harley, they really can't stand it can they?! lol. Any way, I have been doing the timeouts as soon as he cocks his leg near the cage, He's just not picking it up as quickly as he has done with everything else. I even give him his fav treats as reward for ignoring the bird, but I guess I just have to keep at and hope he picks it up before he gets any worse!

Thanks :)