We have just brought a new pet parrot into our house. It is in a large sturdy cage that sets on a stand about 2 ft. off the floor. This is the first day the bird has been here and I have been watching them closely but several times our dog has jumped her front paws up on the side of the cage to better see the bird. I am thinking that it might be better to train her that she cannot go near the cage. Has anyone had experience with this? She will be locked in a different room when we are not around, but I would like them to get along when in the same room. I see something called a scat mat sold and wonder what others think of it? I can tell that our dog is looking at the bird as a nice snack!