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Ten Tips 'Til The Holiday: Christmas Lights

Ten Tips 'Til The Holiday: Christmas Lights

Next up, while decking out the tree, are those pretty twinklers! Unfortunately, Christmas lights still come with electric cords, and while we've already discussed dangers of cords from electronics, these cords are no different. Like babies, puppies often chew when they are teething – this puts them at the greatest risk of bad results from naughty nibbles. Many dogs chew to relieve stress and anxiety and, when stressed, anxious, or just plain curious, they often choose the nearest, least appropriate thing to chomp. To keep them safe, tack cords to the wall behind the tree out of pet's reach when they are not plugged in, and apply a chew deterrent like Grannick's Bitter Apple or Nature's Miracle Best Behavior Pet Training Aid to the wires. These products have a strong smell for pets that will discourage biting or licking. And remember, not only is chewing the cord dangerous, pets could also pull the tree down on top of them if it's not secure!

If you have a favorite anti-chew spray or solution for your pets, share it in your comments below!

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hmmmmmmmmmm hmmmmmmmmmm 9 years
I think if I had a puppy I'd just buy one of those pre-lit trees. They should be pretty cheap right after Christmas.
talrocks talrocks 9 years
Good idea!
annebreal annebreal 9 years
Christmas trees and pets so don't mix sometimes! When my childhood kitty was a kitten, I remember my parents ended up very discreetly chaining the thing to the wall in the back (it was an artificial tree) because Hobbes climbed it to the top and brought the whole thing down, including priceless ornaments that got smashed! He chewed on the lights, too...I think we just tried to keep him away from the tree until he grew up and mellowed out.
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