Hello! I came across this page looking for answers! I bought a new ***. Maple last week (1 1/2 inch trunk--maybe 3 feet tall) BEAUTIFUL Mushroom shape!! Before I could plant it my dog ate about 1/4th of the branches off the tree on one side (two main branches were eaten half off one was totally chewed off! I was very upset! After planting, we put elmers glue on the tips of the branches that were half there-hoping they will keep growing to keep the nice mushroom shape!! I read this will protect them from rain rot. I also was able to bend two of the branches on the "sides" to hide the bald spot. I looked up how to train the branches on line- careful with the stirng not to cut in to the branches. I guess I am asking if the branches that are half there will keep and grow? The leaves came out on the good sides- but where the branches were removed (half of the branch chewed off)- the leaves did not bloom. The trees over all shape is ok (with the two tied branches)- the tree could use some slight shaping to even it a bit- but I will not do this now because I believe the tree has been through a lot of a shock already.....am I doing right?