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28 February 2018

Stop Destructive Chewing With These Homemade Dog-Safe Sprays

It takes a lot of discipline to train a puppy, let alone train a show dog. While the world sees its beauty and talent, dog show goers don’t realize the amount of time and effort that goes into training one since puppyhood. This means instilling discipline early on to avoid behaviour problems like destructive chewing. Whatever the breed is, whether you have a strong Bull Mastiff or a cute little Maltese, you must teach them not to chew on anything at home, especially woodwork and furniture.

Puppies are playful and energetic by nature, and most of the time, they don’t know what to do with all that energy. When your puppy reaches three months, it will start teething. Teething can last until your puppy is nine months old. Playful puppies and teething is never a good combination. They’ll gnaw and chew on the woodwork like it’s the best chew toy they have; it will be a bad habit to break. One of the ways you can prevent your puppies from chewing on woodwork is by giving them chew toys. But of course, you must first deter them from chewing on the furniture, and that can be done by using homemade dog-safe sprays.

DIY Citrus Spray
Dog-safe sprays must be unappealing to your puppy. This way, your pup will be put off by the bitter or sharp scent and will leave the furniture alone. You can start with the mildest concoction, the citrus spray. Simply mix lemon juice with water, and put the solution in a spray bottle. Remember to only use fresh lemon or lime; never use artificial flavours or essential oils. Now, just spray the solution over woodwork and furniture you don’t want your pup to chew on.

Homemade Apple Cider Vinegar Spray
Apple cider vinegar is known for its many health benefits, such as lowering blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, reducing heartburn, helping with weight loss, and many more. But do you know that it can also help you deal with your puppy’s chewing problem? In fact, most of the commercial dog sprays contain apple cider vinegar, but why buy one if you can just make one? It’s as simple as mixing one part vinegar and a bit of water for a milder solution. If it doesn’t work, mix one part vinegar and two parts apple cider vinegar instead.

Spicy Spray
If the lemon and vinegar sprays do not work, then you might have to create a stronger spray. Why not try using chilli or cayenne pepper this time? Puppies and dogs do not like chilli as this will make them cough or sneeze. So what you can do is add a few tablespoons of cayenne pepper or ground chilli into a spray bottle with water. Just shake the bottle to make sure the ingredients are mixed together well.

All dog owners must know that destructive chewing is a serious and difficult problem to resolve when it’s not dealt with immediately. Apart from the furniture, puppies can also chew on slippers, shoes, rugs, and anything their teeth can get a hold of. It is of dire importance to discipline them while they’re still young. Try these homemade dog-safe sprays as deterrents, and use it together with chew toys – that might just solve your pup’s chewing problem.
Jackie Edwards