Christmas is probably the best time of the year. Giving gifts to family and friends, cooking scrumptious family meals, lighting the lights on a winking, twinkling Christmas tree...these are things we look forward to every year.
And with so many novel sights and smells--not to mention the occasional present under the tree--the holiday season can be a lot of fun for Fido too! Many families have developed traditions to include their pet in the festivities, such having as their own stocking or festive get-up. But some parts of the holidays are best observed rather than experienced hands-on. One of these is the indoor Christmas tree.
With a delicious smell and so many interesting lights and ornaments, it's no wonder that your young pup might show too much interest in his first Christmas tree. The last thing you want is to recreate a slapstick scene from a holiday movie and watch in horror as your over-excited puppy knocks the tree off its stand. At best, a huge mess to clean up. At its worst, dangerous broken ornaments and exposed wiring.
If your pup has never seen a Christmas tree before, you might want to consider putting up the tree and leaving it bare for a few days before decorating it with lights and ornaments. This way you can start training your dog to avoid the tree in a lower-risk environment. Hopefully by the time you do decorate the tree, Fido will have lost interest in it.
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