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Old 12-08-2012, 03:56 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello all! It's been a long and eventful few months since I've been on the forums.

Gibby is now about 11 months and we love him like crazy. However, he will NOT stop eating our Christmas tree. This is the first one he's ever seen (I will see if I can figure out how to upload the video of him him we brought it in the house---funny) and he went a little bonkers over it. Now, I can't even leave him alone in the room with it. The tree is pretty much naked and void of all ornaments and candy canes at the bottom because we've had to move them to the top or he'll steal them (especially the candy.)

If we leave him in the room for even a second he runs over and shreds as many pine needles off the tree as he possibly can.

We've been working on leaving him out of his crate while we're not home and I was SO proud of him because the worst he had done was sit on the couch and eat a paper towel roll. He even left our daughter's toys alone. BUT!! This tree seems to be absolutely irresistible to him so it's back in the crate when we're gone (he goes whacko if he is shut in a room.)

He's even started barfing pine needles all over the carpet.

It might be kind of funny if I weren't so worried about him really getting sick or pulling the whole tree over on himself!

Oh! He also drinks the water out of the stand.

I've tried everything. I tried to spritz him with a spray bottle but he thinks that's a game.

I even borrowed one of those wrap around baby gates to put around the bottom. He just pulled the branches through it and then when I moved it further out, he jumped over and flipped the whole thing.

I was thinking that it might just be that it was something out of place in the house and it was wigging him out a little but we took him to Petsmart to have him groomed and he attacked their fake tree in the entrance. Not aggressively, he just seems to find the whole idea of killing Christmas trees to be great fun!

Any advice?
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I would tether him to you in the house. That way you can immediately correct the behaviour. Never leave him unattended, if you can't have him attached to you then place him in his crate until he can be re-tethered. This is Yorks first tree as well and I thought if anyone would do something with it, it would be him. Surprisingly he isnt bothered with it, and neither are my other two newbies.
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:43 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Maybe he just doesn't like trees? We were worried about Wyatt, but he hasn't bothered the tree at all. I think he might actually be afraid of it. Hopefully he chills out with the tree and just leaves it alone... Good luck!


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if you keep telling him "no" and pulling him away, the next time he might think, "i'll try harder this time" ...at least that's what I imagine my trainer would say lol.


you could try putting him in a sit near the tree and reward him for staying put? or maybe reward him everytime he lays in the room and doesn't get near it. every time he looks at it but walks away. if you use chicken, he may start avoiding it just to get the treat.

I'm no expert, but I usually do stuff like that with Roxie and it seems to work...

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You could try to spray citrus spray on the tree - my dog hates orange peels.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:11 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks for the replies!

We've been making him stay with us when we leave the room and kenneling him when we can't but it's too easy to say, "Oh, well he's sleeping. I'll just go to the bathroom real quick." NOPE. The second I'm gone, he's up and going after it.

I would try the tethering thing except he already thinks it's a game to go running by me on the stairs when I'm on them and I'm afraid he'd take me down if I was attached to him. LOL


Sometimes it slips my mind that boxers are stubborn enough that being told "no" is a challenge.

I will give all of these suggestions a try.

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Not sure where my post went to. We have a gate that wraps around our tree. I got it when we had our boys but have used it for the dogs as well. Pheona didn't bother the tree last year but since it went up this year Murphy thinks she needs to attack it or climb in it. Since the gate went up, she's leaving it alone. I'm hoping that next year we can go gateless.
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I didnt put my tree up this year, mainly because of the pups. I didnt want to go through all you are going through. My girls are persistant and stubborn plus their crate is where the tree goes!



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I agree with everyone, I really like m_elyse's response... Lol, I love his name..Gibby!!! Hehe. I wish you lots of luck. I never had this problem but mine always loses his ball under the tree and he crawls under to get it and knocks everything off so I have to get it for him.


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My comment didnt post! Argh.

I love the name Gibby! :] I wish you lots of good luck. This hasn't happened to me, We got Rosco for Christmas so he of course wanted to play with It but I just kept him away from it and now he only goes near it if his ball rolls under it and he's trying to crawl under it and I tell him no let me get it and I have to get it for him bc he knocks down ornaments and stuff :/ goober.


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