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How To: Keep a Puppy Away from a Christmas tree

How to keep your puppy away from a Christmas tree

The holiday season is a magical time filled with joy and cheer, and one of the most beloved traditions is decorating a Christmas tree. However, if you’re a puppy owner, you may find that your furry friend is more interested in the ornaments and lights than in the spirit of the season. Puppies are naturally curious and playful, and a Christmas tree can be an irresistible attraction for them. But fear not! With a few practical strategies and tips, you can keep your puppy away from your Christmas tree and ensure a safe and happy holiday for everyone.

6 practical steps to keep a puppy away from your Christmas tree

  1. Secure the Tree

The first step in puppy-proofing your Christmas tree is to make sure it’s securely anchored. Use a sturdy tree stand with a wide base, and add extra weights if necessary to prevent your tree from toppling over if your pup decides to investigate it. You can also secure the tree to the wall or ceiling for extra stability.

  1. Choose the Right Location

Selecting the right location for your Christmas tree can make a big difference. Try to place the tree in a corner or against a wall to limit your puppy’s access to it. This will reduce the chances of your dog knocking it over or pulling down ornaments.

  1. Decorate with Caution

Opt for shatterproof ornaments and decorations. While delicate glass ornaments and tinsel may look stunning, they are easy targets for curious puppies. Make sure to hang fragile items out of your puppy’s reach and place sturdier ornaments lower down on the tree.

  1. Use a Tree Skirt

A tree skirt not only adds to your tree’s aesthetics but also serves as a barrier between your puppy and the tree. It can deter your dog from getting too close to the tree and can also help catch any fallen needles or pet accidents.

  1. Deter with Barriers

Exercise pens, such as this one, can be set-up around your tree to block your puppy’s access. You may also use a gate to block access to your tree when you’re not in the room. For a more attractive and decorative approach, you can DIY a barrier using your pup’s bed or toys around the tree. Some pet owners even strategically place wrapped presents around the tree for a more decorative looking DIY puppy barrier.

  1. Positive Reinforcement

Teach your puppy basic obedience commands like “leave it” and “stay.” This will help you redirect their attention away from the tree and towards a more appropriate activity. Reward your pup with treats and praise when they obey your commands.

  1. Supervise and Redirect

Whenever your puppy is near the tree, keep a close eye on them. If they show interest in the tree, gently redirect their attention with a toy or playtime. Consistent supervision will help reinforce the idea that the tree is off-limits.


Keeping your puppy away from the Christmas tree may require some effort, but it’s essential for their safety and the preservation of your holiday decorations. With these practical strategies in place, you can enjoy a festive and puppy-friendly holiday season without worrying about a tree disaster.

Remember that the holidays are a time for giving, and if you want to make your puppy’s holiday season even more special, check out Jeffers’ top gifts for dogs and puppies this Christmas at Jeffers Pet Christmas Gifts. There’s a fantastic selection of gifts that will surely bring joy to your furry family member.

Happy holidays to you and your four-legged friend from Jeffers!