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8th December 2007, 11:49 AM
Does anybody have a slick way of keeping the dogs out of the water in the Christmas tree stand? Not so much concerned about them drinking the water as I am all the needles that fall down in it. We have a skirt around it, but they just think that's something to play with and lay on. :neutral:

8th December 2007, 12:24 PM
You might try foil and just seal it over the dish?

8th December 2007, 03:01 PM
I don't have a tree skirt down cause my cat will pee on it (YUCK!) but I do have a flannel sheet wrapped tightly around the stand of the tree. I'm not sure if they would play with that at your house.

8th December 2007, 03:22 PM
Flannel is Elvis' favorite. :eek:

Two people have now mentioned the foil... and that sounds like a winner. Thanks...

Cathy Moon
9th December 2007, 10:42 AM
One year we had a tree up on a table, and we've also put the tree in a corner and blocked access to it with a 24 inch x-pen. :lol: Not exactly the most attractive ways to display a Christmas tree!

Bruce H
9th December 2007, 02:14 PM
I built a wood box in two halves that sits over the stand and is clipped together. The box is then covered with a skirt. We do, however, have to keep an eye on the dogs because a couple times they have decided to chew on the box :bang:. Maybe I'll design another one made out of high strength structural steel!

Oh, should also note that we have to keep ornaments high enough to be out of the dog's reach.

9th December 2007, 02:48 PM
Tree ideas and antics are always funny! Our first year with our lab, we had only decorations, half way down the tree! Riley decided to really learn her drop it command, when she had a glass ornament in her mouth. Bam, right on the kitchen tile. Remember, when you use the drop it command, see if you can give it on carpet!!:bang:

Last year with Libby, we didn't decorate with any tinsel. This year we have braved it! She is very interested in it, but so far has listened to our commands.

We do not have a real tree this year, because we will be out of town, so no water issues!!!

Cathy Moon
9th December 2007, 03:13 PM
Regarding ornaments, both Target and Kmart have plastic ornaments that look like glass. Great for around puppies!

9th December 2007, 04:47 PM
We have an artificial tree, the cats normally climb it but they haven't this year. Barney has pulled the tinsel off once but is pretty good around it.

Foil is a good idea round the tree but be careful our Barney loves chewing foil.
Good luck with what you decide to use.:D

12th December 2007, 11:58 PM
We have a coffee table with a removable glass top..so we removed the glass and stored it then put the christmas tree inside the coffee table. This keeps the dogs completly away from the tree and wires and ornaments.