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Christmas tree or spare us both the heartache?

I was literally getting ready to put up the Christmas tree when the puppy transaction came together, so now I'm wondering if I should leave it in the box (it's artificial).

I have to think it will be almost irresistible for an 8 month old puppy and if I lead her not into temptation I don't have to be constantly shooing her away from it.

I look forward to my Christmas tree year and think I have the nicest tree a straight man can have, but maybe I'll need to get one of those little tabletop ones this year. With my luck that will turn her into a counter surfer :-0

Tree or no tree?
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I've had a table top tree since Riley came to live with us.

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You could put it up, but barricade it off with an expen? We put our tree up this weekend and Piper (just over a year old) really hasn't bothered with it all all. A few "leave it"s when it first went up and she got the message it wasn't for her. We got lucky though and she's never really bugged at anything she wasn't supposed to. We do have the expen on standby in case she does decide to test us though.
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I have a tabletop one, but that's because I live in a small apartment and don't have room for one. However, when I went to visit my mom and dad for Christmas, Brody was really good around the tree. He was curious and sniffed at stuff but didn't try to wreck anything. He was 10 months at that time. He's pretty gentle with things in general though.

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My Ivy is almost 19 weeks old and we just got our tree 3 days ago. It's a real tree and other than to chew on a couple twiggy branches every once and a while she has pretty much left it alone. The ornaments are just high enough that she can't reach them.

We always put presents under the tree as they get wrapped. I'm not sure how that is going to go as she loves everything paper. I guess we'll see....
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We used a table top last year as Mika was just 10 weeks old then and the temptation would have been too much. Knowing now how much she matured over the year and learned to listen I could not imagine what the chaos would have been had we had the tree up last year. We just put our artificial tree up yesterday and a few leave its have been needed but she does it for attention when we are not paying attention to her at times and does not bother with it much otherwise. So I would say that given the age you should opt for a small table top one this year or the expen idea.

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I vote tree with a gate around it!

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I vote tree with a gate around it!
Kodi was just 8 months old for his first Christmas. Rather than take chances, we caged the tree. . We actually did the same thing the next year too. By the time he was 2yr, 8mos, we figured the worst of the danger was past. We still don't put anything TERRIBLY breakable or particularly important to us on the bottom of the tree, but he leaves it alone now!
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No tree for us this year. At 8 months, Zelda is still a very investigative puppy. She sharks around the house looking for things to mess with. Maybe next year.

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Our plan was to put the tree in the expen, but it seems Nickie can move the expen a good distance. A real or imagined tiny treat had fallen in there and he was determined to get it. He'll be one on Saturday.
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