Dogs love chewing things, and that is their usual way of life. But as pet owners, we must differentiate healthy chewing versus unhealthy chewing. When you identify excessive and harmful chewing, get bitter apple formula to stop and deter your dog from destroying household items and valuables.
The bitter taste naturally stops both puppies and old canines from nibbling on your belongings. Introducing apple bitter can have your pet trained within weeks while eliminating destructive behaviors.
You can get bitter spray from a pet store, but why don’t you save up your cash and try a homemade spray. It is more effective and always turns out to be a fraction of the price in the retail stores. Also, you can be assured that whatever you make for your furry friend is harmless, chemical-free, and 100% safe.
Getting a spray bottle is the number one item for making a pet spray. Next, you need to decide which scent and taste you think will deter your dog effectively. Ingredients such as vinegar, apple cider vinegar, bitter citrus extract, and many other are available for you to choose from.
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Why Use Apple Bitter Spray?
- Apple bitter spray will help you set boundaries for your pet and protect your household item from destruction when you are not around to supervise your dog. It can also prevent dogs from chewing poisonous plants in the yard.
- It restricts your dog from accessing certain areas and serves as a disciplinary measure when pets exhibit naughty behaviors.
- The product is completely 100% safe for dog use. Unlike other bitter deterrent sprays, apple bitters can be sprayed on items without the fear of allergies from your canine companion.
DIY Apple Bitter Spray for Dogs
Below are different types of homemade bitter spray for dogs:
1. Apple Cider Bitter Spray
What you need: Empty spray bottle, apple cider vinegar, and white vinegar
Buy an empty spray bottle or re-use an empty one. If you want to re-use the one you have at home, make sure you rinse it properly with hot water and soap.
Measure 2 full cups of apple cider vinegar into the bottle. Add a cup of white vinegar and then shake with vigor.
Spray it on the items you don’t want your dog to chew
2. Lemon Juice Bitter Spray
What you need: Spray bottle, lemon juice, and white vinegar
Purchase a spray bottle or clean out the one you have at home.
Measure 2 cups of lemon juice and 1 cup of white vinegar, then pour into the spray bottle.
Shake the liquid content together and apply to desired objects.
3. Homemade Vinegar and Bitter Citrus Spray
The combination of citrus and vinegar is a complete turn-off for dogs and will deter them from feasting on your valuables.
What you need: Clean spray bottle, bitter essential oil, water, and white vinegar
Measure 1 ½ cups of water (warm or cold) with your cup. You can go ahead and mix the entire ingredient in the measuring cup.
Measure two tablespoons of white vinegar into the cup.
Add 20 drops of bitter essential oils orange or citrus-scented. Dogs dislike citrus scents.
Once you have mixed the ingredients, open the spray bottle and pour in the liquid solution. Cover the bottle and shake appropriately before using it.
4. Homemade Citrus Peels and Vinegar Bitters
What you need: Pot, citrus peels, water, and vinegar
Get a medium pot and pour 2 cups of water into it. Heat the water until it starts to boil. This could take 5-7 minutes.
Once the water starts to boil, add 1 cup of lime, orange, lemon, and tangerine peels to the boiling water. Reduce the heat and allow the peels to cook for 20 minutes.
After the peels have cooked for 20 minutes, take of pot off the heat and allow the mixture to cool completely. The cooling should take approximately 30 minutes.
Use a clean funnel to transfer the liquid into a spray bottle.
When the mixture is inside the bottle, add two tablespoons of vinegar and lemon juice (optional). Shake the bottle with rigor to ensure all ingredients are well combined.
After that, spray the bitter mixture in any area of your house you want your dog to avoid. Apply the spray on furniture, shoes, walls, and floors.
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Homemade Bitter Apple Spray for Dogs by Top Dog Tips
For bitter apple spray to work, you need to use it correctly. Below are the precautions and tips for using bitter formula.
- Do not spray the bitter apple directly into a dog’s eye, mouth, and skin as a way of punishment for chewing behavior. It should be applied to the objects you don’t want your dog to chew.
- Avoid using strongly concentrated ingredients without diluting them. Mix as directed and use the vocal command for your dog as you spray the bitter solution around your house.
- If the first mixture you made doesn’t work to deter your dog, try other ingredients. Introduce it one at a time to see the one that is most offensive. Then feel free to use the ingredient that gets the highest negative response from your dog.
- Avoid using this formula on your dog’s open wound. It will undoubtedly hurt, irritate the skin and interrupt the healing process.
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Dogs are always curious and love to explore the world and objects around them through chewing. Unwanted chewing and destroying of properties can be stopped by using bitter apple and other homemade bitter sprays. Furthermore, if you have been looking for a way to stop chewing habits, you can consider making this.
Homemade sprays are 100% safe for dogs and have no harmful chemicals. They are inexpensive and easy to make. Listed above are the specific scents and tastes that dogs dislike. However, when trying to use a bitter spray, introduce it to your dog little by little to get a better result.