(Closed) Keeping dogs away from Christmas trees… suggestions?

posted 7 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

My Future Mother-In-Law said orange peels work…. I’m not sure i buy it though….

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper

I don’t know the answer, I empathize.  I have a Norfolk Pine that I set up on our large coffee table for that reason!  We decorate it with tiny lights and decor.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’ve heard the orange thing too…I guess dogs don’t like the smell of citrus, but I don’t know how much that would deter a hyper puppy. If he’s small still maybe he won’t be able to get at it once you put presents under it. I was very surprised we didn’t have this problem with our dog, he amazingly enough leaves the tree alone!

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

What about wormwood oil?  We used to put it on our cabinets and under the counter tops to keep our dogs from jumping up on the counters.  You can buy it at pet stores or natural food stores and it doesn’t really smell much.

My dogs eat orange peels, sigh, so that one is a no-go for us.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

OMG I am so scared of this, my little puppy is going to go ape!

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We just put gifts (or boxes) in front of the tree blocking off his access to the tree.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

Does the dog respond to training?  A few rounds of “aht-aht” when Junior Mink was a puppy worked…and he’s now four years old.

The first sound on this video is the one we use.  When we use it, he turns in the opposite direction of where he was going.

 

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

I’m curious to know how to stop my CAT from the Christams tree – he’s a real butt when it comes to eating plants. Since we’re renting this year, we’re skipping a tree – but as of next year, we’ll be getting one for sure!

Good luck with the pups.

Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My mom bought this octagon pen thing and put around it, it was perfect, it protected the presents and the tree. We even decorated it to make it cuter.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@jaguar: My two kitties will not leave our tree alone… They keep trying to eat it even though it’s artificial. I’m thinking of trying to find a spray to put on it to hopefully deter them. At least they keep the dog from gnawing on it! They like to pounce on her from underneath of it so she steers clear.

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011 - Sydney, Australia

@FloretteLiz: Glad I’m not alone. We had a tiny Christmas tree (artificial) in the UK and Oscar kept shredding it. Apparently a water mixed with lemon juice spray works, but it didn’t for him! 😉

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2018 - Coyaba Resort, Montego Bay

Try putting foil under the tree – dogs (well, ours at least!) hate foil & will stay away.  This also works on furniture that you want to keep them off of 🙂

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012 - Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards

@quiche: I kind of want to put some foil on the ground just to see my little guy’s reaction?  He’s curious, but also timid…I might have to set up the video camera.

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