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Can I ask? Christmas trees, presents and the dog.

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insanityscratching Fri 05-Dec-14 10:15:16

Eric is a devil, he helps himself to anything he fancies, he loves anything shiny, if he can't reach something he plans and climbs to get it. I've watched him push the kiddy step into place so as he can climb up and get a pencil off of a cabinet that he can't jump up on. So how can I have a tree and keep him off of it? I did consider putting it in the puppy pen but he can jump over that and he would for the baubles.
The other thing is that he will be delighted at the prospect at opening the presents left out on Christmas Eve. He sleeps in the room where they would normally be left and I'll get up to carnage if they are both left in the same room. It doesn't really seem fair to move him out of the room and anyway he can open doors so I'd need to add bolts to keep him out.
So any suggestions about the tree and advice on whether he'll settle downstairs the following night if I shut him in with me in the bedroom Christmas Eve.

SteveBrucesNose Fri 05-Dec-14 10:18:02

BoyDog and GirlDog are similar, but thankfully don't go near/over the baby gates. We've got a playpen to put round the tree and presents.

Got the real tree this morning and so far they're eying it up, plotting it's downfall I think. I'm rather concerned about it!

insanityscratching Fri 05-Dec-14 10:23:17

Do you think your tree will last long? I know Eric will consider it his personal toy factory.It's our first year of having a dog and don't know how dogs work at Christmas tbh because my friend's dog is much better behaved and not at all interested in anything other than food.

SteveBrucesNose Fri 05-Dec-14 10:29:21

It's our first year too. DH always had big trees and a dog growing up, but there's rather a lot of difference between one westie and two Dalmatians!

The expensive decorations are being left off it this year. We're expecting to come downstairs one morning and see GirlDog peeping out from under a collapsed tree, or looking sheepish and then us having to pull tinsel out of her arse.

I'm giving it a week before any dog-related mishaps!

insanityscratching Fri 05-Dec-14 10:31:43

Good job we love them really isn't it? grin

AlpacaLypse Fri 05-Dec-14 10:32:46

I was going to suggest putting the tree in a playpen but it sounds like your destructodog would get through it.

Is it too late to start using a crate to keep him under control in the house until he grows out of his chewing everything phase?

insanityscratching Fri 05-Dec-14 10:33:38

Oh and Eric's an only dog and slightly smaller than a Westie, can't work out whether it's because I'm incompetent or just that Eric is too clever by far blush

SteveBrucesNose Fri 05-Dec-14 10:35:58

I think we're too late for teaching them not to chew - they're 10! Only had them since March, so we have to put with with the destruction grin

But yes, they're my doggies. Looking sweet and innocent sleeping on the rug, no doubt plotting their next mayhem they're gonna cause when we turn our backs.
They're my nutcases though

SteveBrucesNose Fri 05-Dec-14 10:36:31

Clearly Eric is well clever grin

insanityscratching Fri 05-Dec-14 10:39:08

It's not really that he steals to chew it's more he steals to play with things so throwing them up in he air, catching them, stalking them, hiding them. He's not really destructive tbh just that he likes to play and sees everything as fair game. He'd love opening the presents more because he'd enjoy getting in the boxes because that's a great game rather than him wanting to chew the contents.

GooseRoasties Fri 05-Dec-14 10:52:30

I don't really have any advice... But I always have a memory from when we had our Finnish laphoud.
We adopted him as he was very old at the time but still had plenty of life in him (he was 15). Never showed any interest in the tree but we always kept the living room door closed when we weren't there and he lived in the kitchen. One Xmas eve we heard this noise coming from the living room. So me and dm going down the stairs with items to 'beat off the robbers' kinda thing. Go into the living room to find said dog had been able to open the living room door and was having a whale of a time pulling the wrapping paper off the presents.. Oh the mess... It took us a while to realise he could open the door himself and there was a lot of 'you left the living room door open' arguments. But the sight we saw always makes me laugh..

SteveBrucesNose Mon 08-Dec-14 13:56:01

Looks like my tree might have to be taken down sad

BoyDog wasn't too bad when it was naked, now he won't walk past it without crying. He's a big Mardy wuss, but we have no idea where this has come from or on his history and it's stressing the poor old bugger out. He's turned back into VelcroDog and won't leave my side. He's currently trying to sit on my knee all 34kg of him for cuddles.

Or maybe he's just a grinch dog

insanityscratching Mon 08-Dec-14 17:01:18

Oh no sad we've still not braved putting ours up yet. We have, though, bought Eric a Santa outfit that he happily wears in contrast to his weather protection coats that he barely tolerates.

LoathsomeDrab Mon 08-Dec-14 18:39:53

Last year we had a tiny real one and put it on a high unit out of reach.

We decided this year it would be nice to have a bigger one and got a big artificial one. I put it up the other day to see how the dogs reacted to it and I think it may well either be coming down or have to remain bare.

DDog2 and DWhippets1&2 are fine. Unfortunately DWhippet3 has worked out how to get the individual branches off and keep strolling nonchalantly past with them in his mouth. I can hear the little fucker rustling about in the damn tree as I'm typing hmm

LoathsomeDrab Mon 08-Dec-14 18:40:29

I'm expecting a scene like this at any moment......

insanityscratching Wed 10-Dec-14 20:17:30

Well I don't believe it, Eric is resolutely ignoring the tree shock He had a sniff when it first went up but has shown no interest since. I feel strangely proud of him blush

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