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Hello, im a new member of the forums, as well as a new owner of a galah cockatoo. My galah is about 1 yo, he's hand fed.
We got really connected, straight from the moment i got him.
He's housed in a huge cage, with toys, food and water, the cage is near my pc where i spend most of my day awake.
when he's in his cage he keeps walking back and forth on his perch, asking me to take him.
he will go to his seed bowl to take a seed and immediately return near me to eat it while watching me.
the moment i leave the room he's in he will start calling for me.he will stand on me and literally put his while head in mouth to play.
the worst part is that he will attack anything that comes close to me, including my girlfriend. we both lay in the bed, with him on me, and he will actually lunge to attack her, so she wont get too near.
is there anything i can do about this? im actually getting sad when i have to leave him,as i feel he might get depressed, but my girlfriend cant even handle him to make it better...
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Old 11-04-2018, 04:42 PM
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Re: My galah is too attached to me

Yeah...you need to draw a line and wait it out.
There will be backlash, but you can't give in.
I will re-post what I just posted for another member.


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Hi! I would look into training your bird. Training canít be achieved through YouTube videos but for the sake of information you can look up videos on parrotsí aggression towards strangers to know more about the behavior that your bird is exhibiting.
From then on, I would leave it to an expert to teach me how to train the right way.

My U2 bit someone the other day whom sheís known for years, and it looked like a territorial thing.
Your bird doesnít like your girlfriend (which is something you can try and change through training) and of top of that it might be that sheís territorial of your bed. I watched a video recently where the owner said that his bird becomes deadly territorial whenever he is in his bedroom, so whenever they have a training session to get the bird aquatinted with the girlfriend, they go to a neutral place in the house like the office.


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Yeah...you need to draw a line and wait it out.
There will be backlash, but you can't give in.
I will re-post what I just posted for another member.


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Ive read the whole post, and got alot of info from it. However, im still not sure how to approach the situation..
I realised im petting my too wrongly, and will work on that, but how do i stop him from trying to terminate anything that come in touch with me..?

Edit since i just saw the new reply:
My bird is agressive towards others anywhere, not only on the bed. He will However let my gf pick him up or pet him when im not in the house, but even then He might still attack her..

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You approach it by veeeeery patiently train the behavior out of your galah. Heís also young and might be going through hormonal changes that are beyond his control.
Your birdie knows that your girlfriend doesnít live in the house and isnít a member of the flock, but you can slowly, at his pace, change his perception of the situation. Definitely take a step back and donít allow him to be so near your girlfriend so much that he can lunge at her. Safety first.


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You approach it by veeeeery patiently train the behavior out of your galah. Heís also young and might be going through hormonal changes that are beyond his control.
Your birdie knows that your girlfriend doesnít live in the house and isnít a member of the flock, but you can slowly, at his pace, change his perception of the situation. Definitely take a step back and donít allow him to be so near your girlfriend so much that he can lunge at her. Safety first.


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I actually live with my girlfriend.. We both hane no idea why He hates her so deeply, as hes only been with me about 3 hours more than with her... And about the training, it seems counter intuitive to train the bird to not like me, and because of that i cant really understand how to do it.. Will the only options be contacting a trainer?
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You approach it by veeeeery patiently train the behavior out of your galah. Heís also young and might be going through hormonal changes that are beyond his control.

Your birdie knows that your girlfriend doesnít live in the house and isnít a member of the flock, but you can slowly, at his pace, change his perception of the situation. Definitely take a step back and donít allow him to be so near your girlfriend so much that he can lunge at her. Safety first.





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I actually live with my girlfriend.. We both hane no idea why He hates her so deeply, as hes only been with me about 3 hours more than with her... And about the training, it seems counter intuitive to train the bird to not like me, and because of that i cant really understand how to do it.. Will the only options be contacting a trainer?


What do you mean by ďtraining the bird not to like youĒ? Your bird is bonded with you so heíll always like you, no matter what. Iím actually a big supporter of parrot training. I find it life enriching for them and if you get to the point of flight recall training them, they will live as close a life to the one theyíre meant to live. I would just reach out to a good avian vet and ask for their advice, also for their opinion on your birdís hormonal stage at this point in his life. Iím about to move to a state where a notorious avian vet center is located and I will be contacting them for training purposes. Maybe they do long distance Skype sessions? I will post their website in a separate reply.


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You approach it by veeeeery patiently train the behavior out of your galah. Heís also young and might be going through hormonal changes that are beyond his control.

Your birdie knows that your girlfriend doesnít live in the house and isnít a member of the flock, but you can slowly, at his pace, change his perception of the situation. Definitely take a step back and donít allow him to be so near your girlfriend so much that he can lunge at her. Safety first.





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I actually live with my girlfriend.. We both hane no idea why He hates her so deeply, as hes only been with me about 3 hours more than with her... And about the training, it seems counter intuitive to train the bird to not like me, and because of that i cant really understand how to do it.. Will the only options be contacting a trainer?


What do you mean by ďtraining the bird not to like youĒ? Your bird is bonded with you so heíll always like you, no matter what. Iím actually a big supporter of parrot training. I find it life enriching for them and if you get to the point of flight recall training them, they will live as close a life to the one theyíre meant to live. I would just reach out to a good avian vet and ask for their advice, also for their opinion on your birdís hormonal stage at this point in his life. Iím about to move to a state where a notorious avian vet center is located and I will be contacting them for training purposes. Maybe they do long distance Skype sessions? I will post their website in a separate reply.


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I strongly believe the reasons for my too's agressiveness is because he's "too" bonded with me, but i cant think of any way to make him less dependant on me wihtout ruining our relationship.. Im actually very sad when leaving him, as my top priority with every pet i get is to let them live the best life they can get, and i cant stand thinking about him missing me...
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Re: My galah is too attached to me

I completely understand how you feel, unfortunately making him less attached to you isnít possible but I donít even think that that should be the end goal. By teaching him how to entertain himself and develop a more positive relationship with his environment (including other individuals he comes in contact with) youíd be in fact making him less dependent on you.


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I also think that your bird is doing is perfectly normal behavior for a parrot. They are highly intelligent, social and emotional creatures who mate for life. We remove them from their environment and expect them to be cuddly but not clingy, social but not territorial.... and thatís just irrational in my opinion. Apologies for the rant, I mean it in general!


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