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Dog Chew Deterrent Sprays - Stop Chewing

Updated on September 25, 2015

Dog Chew Deterrents

Dogs tend to go through a chewing phase at some point in their life, usually at puppyhood during the teething phase. But, sometimes you'll find that some dogs just keep chewing, and if you're one of those people who have been so unlucky enough to have your favorite shoes, toys, books, or whatever chewed up, I'm here to offer some advice...

Now, there are different ways to go about correcting a dog who destructively chews up the house and all items within, but it can be hard to control and correct the problem when you're not home. In those cases, you may be interested in purchasing a chew deterrent to help control the problem.

You need to remember that controlling is not a means of correcting. Although, it may see that way for a while, the day you forget to spray before you leave, is the day you may come home to a mess.

Now, when using these sprays, you don't want to buy the biggest bottle you can find on your first trip to purchase a chew deterrent. If you do, you may be the unlucky soul who's dog just so happens to like the taste. You want to purchase small bottles to use as testers, and if the first one doesn't work like you want it too, return it for a different brand or flavor.

You'd hate to soak your bed posts in Bitter Apple, and come to find out that your dog can't get enough of it and has left you with a bed without posts.

There are so many different chew deterrent sprays that you can purchase, it may take a bottle or two to find the one that your dog can't stand.

Buy a Taste Deterrent Spray

Simple and effective chewing solutions include the plethora of chew deterrents that are currently on the market. You can find sprays and salves to apply on items that your dog is prone to destroying, in hopes to save it one last time.

One thing to remember though, is that if you don't want your dog to chew on something, you need to keep those "forbidden items" out of your dog's reach.

As for taste deterrent sprays, they are specially formulated and designed to deter, and hopefully prevent, your dog from chewing the surface they're applied to. These sprays and salves are non-toxic to your dog, but are formulated to taste terrible.

Chew deterrent sprays really do work, as long as you make sure that your dog doesn't like the taste before you soak the surface of everything in your house with the particular spray. As I mentioned above, you want to purchase small bottles and choose tester areas so that on the off-chance that you're dog likes the spray, you haven't spent a fortune and ruined your house.

Trust me, there are some dogs that can make finding the perfect taste deterrent hard. My male APBT loved all things bitter and sour. I mean, this dog would eat a Milkbone soaked in vinegar, so you just want to make sure that you haven't saturated your home with one deterrent to find that the taste doesn't bother your dog's taste buds.

You can purchase Bitter Apple, Bitter Cherry, or a number of natural deterrent sprays. These are highly recommended to the alternatives, which include using aloe vera gel and Tabasco Sauce, which can potentially stain your furniture.

All you have to do is to apply the spray to the surface, and if you've chosen the right spray for your dog, he will back off after his first taste.

These deterrents have smells that are undetectable to humans, so don't worry about stinking your house up with a nasty bitter smell.

If you're spraying objects outside, such as decks and fences, you'll want to give the entire surface a good spray each day, and especially so after rain.

These anti-chewing sprays are great to un-train an old habit, but completely unnecessary for dogs who don't have destructive chewing problem.

Destructive Chewing

If you have a pup that loves your shoes or furniture, you want to remember that he's not chewing up your belongings as a form of revenge. You're dog is actually just fulfilling a natural behavior. What you want to do as a method of controlling and correcting the behavior is to not stop your dog from chewing altogether, but to redirect your dog's need to chew on something that is dog appropriate, which more than likely isn't your new pair of shoes or great grandmother's night stand.

When attempting to correct the destructive behavior, you can only do so if you've actually caught your dog in the act, as otherwise he's not going to have a clue why you're yelling at him.

When you do catch your dog chewing something he's not supposed to be chewing, you want to say, "NO!" in a very stern tone remove the item from your dog's mouth, and replace the item with an appropriate chew item. When he's got his grasp on the appropriate chew item, you want to praise him profusely with a happy and usually high- pitched tone.

You, also want to make sure to train the "drop it" command, in cases where your dog doesn't want to give up an item. The "leave it" command can also be very useful.

Experiment with different textured toys and nylabones.

Consider keeping your dog's mind stimulated with Kong toys, treat balls, and puzzle toys so that he will not feel the need to go chew your things. In regards to the Kong toys, remember that the red rubber is for lighter chewers, while the black rubber is for tough chewers; also, remember to stuff the toy with cheese wizz, peanut butter, or a meat filler.

While you are correcting and redirecting the chewing behavior, you may want to consider taste deterrent sprays to help deter your dog from chewing the items that he's prone to destroying.


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    • funnebone profile image


      10 years ago from Philadelphia Pa

      Good idea about not buying the biggest bottle first...I have yet to find anything that my dog doesn't eat or hump. Thanl God he doesn't chew!

    • Whitney05 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Georgia

      Glad you guys have had great experiences with Bitter Apple. I've had one dog hate it and another not mind it a bit.

    • Lilymag profile image


      10 years ago from Upstate New York

      Hey Whitney! Great hub for newbie dog owners! Bitter Apple has worked for me in the past with our doberman. The redirecting behavior worked with our Miss Lily Bug- It worked like a charm!

    • jim10 profile image


      10 years ago from ma

      Hi Whitney, the apple bitter spray worked great for our black lab when she was a puppy. Now she seems to know just to chew on her toys and treats. At one point she almost ate through her leash. So we got a thicker one made for hiking.


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