(Closed) Dogs & (real) Christmas trees – any problems??

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
5951 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

Really depends on the dog, I was certain our greyhound was going to piss all over that thing, after all he had just been neutered and he’d already peed on every other worldly possession of ours…but we got it set up, let him near it and he appeared almost bored with something as common and banal as a pine tree…then promptly went and took a piss all over the antique scale my Grandmother gave us from the Stanley Hotel…damn dog…thinks his mile long pedigree makes him special or something…..

Post # 4
752 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My dogs have had several tree experiences.  My old black lab liked to lie under the tree on the christmas tree skirt.  She’d stand up and then topple the tree over.  One of my smaller dogs liked to pee on the tree skirt.  Finally – my pit mix liked to play with the ornaments on the tree.  He’d pull them off of the bottom of the tree and then I’d find them in pieces in the backyard.

Needless to say we haven’t put up a tree in a while…

Post # 5
11165 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

My dogs didn’t have any reaction to the tree or the presents for that matter. They just ignored it (thankfully!).


Post # 6
367 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

My dog has no problem with the tree. No real interest in any of it. Just a very pathetic looking face when I put her Santa hat on. The cat on the other hand is crazy about tinsel!

Post # 7
607 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@Nona99:  and @peanuthead:  LOL.

My dog is mildly interested when we put it up, then mostly ignores it. Never had a problem other than his tail wagging knocking off the low ornaments– definitely put the cheap nonbreakable ones at the bottom. I was very afraid he would pee on it, and even after Christmas, we are careful to not let him pee on the Christmas trees outside on the sidewalk in case he gets any ideas. 

Our cat used to climb the Christmas tree, and he was fat. He knocked it over one Christmas morning with his heft. 

Post # 8
10363 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I’ve never seen a dog react to a christmas tree, and we had dogs throughout my childhood.

CATS, on the other hand, OMG. They are Christmas tree-destroyers.

Post # 9
7770 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

My dog will sneak up to a Christmas tree and take things off of it like they are toys :/  I had to train her.  (She also used to eat shoes, books, hats, underwear- there are some things she still eats- if I leave them around- pens, film canisters, anything mint/ menthol – she loves cough drops!)  So, yeah, we have a little tree that we keep off the ground- but I think she would be good about the tree now because I have trained her not to eat it and take the ornaments 🙂  I guess I will find out next year when we get a real tree!  Oh yeah, and she tries to drink the water!  (Weirdo!)

Post # 10
5107 posts
Bee Keeper

@oracle:  no issues other than they liked to drink Christmas tree water. Which scared ne

Post # 11
3199 posts
Sugar bee

Our dogs have never had a reaciton to the tree other than trying to take fuzzy ornaments off of it. Otherwise, they just knock the balls off with their waggy tails, so make sure you get shatter-proof, or don’t put them down low!

Post # 12
1328 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

My dog growing up always tried to drink the water, and she would eat any needles that fell.  I haven’t had a real tree since I was 5 because I’ve always had dogs.

For any tree, real or fake, maybe don’t use any fragile ornaments this year.  This is our first year with our new dog (we have 2) and I know he’ll knock it over and try to eat all the ornaments he can get his paws on.  I’ve already stocked up on plastic ornaments from the dollar store.  If your dog doesn’t typically doesn’t cause trouble around the house you should be fine, just keep the fragile stuff higher up on the tree so her tail doesn’t knock them off.

Post # 13
3618 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Our dog is always curious about the tree, but we set up barrier so he can’t get too close. We just use the presents under the tree to create a barrier so he can’t get too close.

Post # 14
8440 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

My dog just sniffs the tree a bunch, then becomes pretty uninterested in the whole thing.  He’s usually more obsessed with the cookies coming out of the oven that time of year.

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