|10-13-2013 11:45 AM|
Berlin was around 6 months for his first Christmas. We really get into the decorating here, and Berlin didn't stop that. He may have tried to nibble at the tree a bit at first ...and tried to play with the round ornaments (he's ball obsessed) so we just moved all the ornaments from the lowest branches up high. We didn't really have any issues minus the fact that this cute decorative snowman door thing (goes across the floor in front of the door), he thought that was nomnoms until I doused it in bitter apple spray.
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|10-13-2013 11:30 AM|
Last year was the first in many we had a big tree. My dogs weren't concerned and neither was the cat - the child LOL
Now this year, we're having a Holiday Open House, inviting the whole town - but there will be as many decorations outside as in and I finally found the perfect location for the tree, in the corner by the stairs. Out of the way and when it comes down, it can be put right into the closet under the stairs and the console table goes back.
The dogs were only excited when the totes came out because my mother had pared down her decorations and split them between my sister and I, so they could care less about the tree, but smelling Grandma's house on the stuff, was pretty exciting!
|10-13-2013 08:16 AM|
having a tree , plastic or real, big or small and celebrating with
friends and the dog is special.
|10-13-2013 08:11 AM|
my GF is an artist. our X-Mass tree was painted on canvas and stretched
across 2 walls from floor to ceiling. it was up year round. sometimes we
left the lights, tinsel and ornaments on it. it was for several yrs. we
took it down when we had our house painted.
our dog is very good with all of the extras you have in the house
when it's X-Mass time. if i had a dog that couldn't be trusted 1,000%
he would be on lock down. if we couldn't watch him he would be in his
crate or in the bedroom with the door closed. free roam of the house
starts again after X-Mass and everything is put away.
|10-13-2013 03:09 AM|
|Carriesue||My pup had his first Xmas last year but was only 4 months old at the time, we just didn't put any dangly bits on the bottom and he never bothered it. This year though now that he's one and a big tough man *snicker* I'm worried he's going to lift his leg on the tree.|
|10-12-2013 08:51 PM|
|readaboutdogs||Our dogs never bothered the tree, we used unbreakable decorations. They seemed to get a little Christmas spirit too! For the past few years we just put up a 2foot prelite tree surrounded by a bounch of the hallmark animated toys! They left them alone, and they were older then! My worry the first year was if theyed hike their leg to the tree, but they didn't! Dogs love the holidays too!|
|10-12-2013 08:27 PM|
I have a little 2ft plastic light-up Christmas tree all I have to do is pull it out of the box, set it on the counter and plug it in and I'm good to go! The dogs can't get to it and at most the cat rolls around under it batting at the branches. The thing is practically indestructible anyway. Not most people's cup of tea for the holidays but I'm in my 20s with roommates so our Christmas celebration is usually dinner together and a modest gift giving, nothing special. Plus, I usually volunteer to work Christmas Eve and Christmas so my coworkers with family can stay home with them(the extra pay is always helpful too) since I work at an animal shelter and a couple people always have to work the holidays to make sure all the critters are well taken care of. For me a full-size tree just isn't worth the hassle for a day that's hardly any different than any other day
From back when I did have a full-size expertly decorated Christmas tree while having 3 dogs and 2 cats in the house I will say I'd never ever do that again without putting some sort of barrier/gate around it. The dogs were taught to leave it alone but when they got the zoomies or started roughhousing with eachother they sometimes ran into it and it'd end up knocked over, ornaments all over the floor(many would break), and a huge mess. When they weren't knocking it over the cats were climbing up it, bending the branches and tipping it over from climbing too high and jumping out(often the result of spraying them with a squirt bottle trying to keep them out of the tree in the first place). We'd set up the tree December 1st and by the time Christmas rolled around the tree looked pretty pathetic with half the original ornaments, bent branches we gave up trying to fix, pine needles all over the floor and two cats somewhere deep in the tree.
... not to scare you from setting up and decorating a tree
|10-12-2013 07:50 PM|
|llombardo||This year I have two dogs that will be with us for their first Christmas. We just went today to look at stuff to decorate. I have managed to keep the cats out of the tree for a few years now, so I'm able to decorate the whole thing. This year I'm putting up two trees. I can't guarantee what will be standing by Christmas though. I usually put the trees up with nothing but the lights for about a week, then I add some ornaments. I do everything in steps to see how they do. It shall be interesting.....|
|10-12-2013 07:24 PM|
|3GSD92_00_12||We put plastic balls on our tree last year and that was it.|
|10-12-2013 03:15 PM|
Perfect opportunity to teach him more of what is acceptable and what is not. Eating tree and presents bad. Staring at twinkly lights good.
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