Canine teeth were made for chewing. During the first 18 months of puppyhood, it sometimes seems that they can’t get enough. Inevitably things get chewed that shouldn’t, like woodwork, furniture, and shoes. There are sprays on the market that are supposed to stop the chewing but they can be expensive, contain ingredients that are harmful to humans and pets, and can even be harsh on your furniture. Here we will show you how to make an effective bitter apple spray to help you curtail the chewing.
The main ingredient in bitter apple spray is actually apple cider vinegar, which is a very unpleasant taste to dogs and is a quite effective chewing deterrent. The second ingredient is regular old white vinegar. By mixing these two together, the end product is even more unpleasant on the taste buds and it’s completely safe.
Find yourself a decent spray bottle, but avoid ones that previously contained any harsh cleaners or other toxic chemicals that could harm your dog. Once the bottle is thoroughly cleaned and safe you can fill it with a 2:1 mix of apple cider and white vinegar. Shake it up well to make sure it’s mixed. If you don’t have apple cider vinegar handy, you can substitute lemon juice. Use the same ratio of 2 parts lemon juice and 1 part white vinegar.
Once you have made your concoction, spray it on the places that your dog chews and it won’t take too long see the results. As soon as you see him try to start chewing again, just re-apply the spray. How long the spray deters depends on the surface or article you’re applying it to. With some things, you may have to only spray bi-weekly, but with others you may have to apply it weekly or every couple of days. Even when using a deterrent like bitter apple spray, you should still use voice commands, like ‘no’ as reinforcement. Most dogs stop chewing once their teeth are fully cut, but using the spray and reinforcement will ensure he’s not developing a lifelong habit.