The simplest DIY project is this one. I almost hesitate to call it a DIY, but I’ll go ahead anyway.OhMyDogBlog.com is a member of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate marketing initiative created to provide websites the opportunity to make money from advertising by promoting and linking to amazon.com.
WHY USE DIY BITTER APPLE SPRAY?
This is the recipe I provide whenever someone asks me how to stop their dog from chewing things. It is an outstanding spray deterrent. But if you’re going to use it on any wood, please read the directions carefully. In other words, pay heed to the directions, especially if they pertain to wood.
Second, this is the solution for you if your dog has a chewing/licking issue, a skin condition, or a minor wound that he just won’t leave alone (EMMETT). simply realize that chew deterrent also refers to self-chewing, not simply furniture/drywall (COOPER). I’ll go into the reasons for it all below.
WHY HOMEMADE? CAN’T YOU JUST BUY IT?
You can. There are several brands available. But here’s the thing: Purchasing a bottle of store-bought bitter apple spray will cost you far more money than making your own. Additionally, even though most people claim that the substances in commercial sprays are safe, I don’t feel great spraying rubbing alcohol since I know they’ll lick it at least a few times. Furthermore, it can be made in less than two minutes, so why not?
LET’S MAKE IT, SHALL WE?
This is what you require:
- clear vinegar
- Apple cider vinegar (avoid the pricey kind that all the health food websites recommend… Seriously, you can purchase this enormous one for a lot less money than that $15+ for 16 ounces.
- I used this bottle that I use to spritz plants with water, but in my effort to switch out plastic products, I’ve been daydreaming about these glass bottles or those that have the sweetest antique labels!
- Lemons, which are more effective if your dogs like the flavor of lemon EMMETT, or a dash of dried hot pepper, such as cayenne, for increased deterrent power
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THE DIY BITTER APPLE SPRAY:
Choose the amount you want. Using the chemicals seen in the top picture, I intended to spray Emmett’s tummy, which he has been obsessively licking ever since his, uh, issue. The ideal white vinegar to apple cider vinegar ratio is 2:1.
I added apple cider vinegar to the cup line after adding 2/3 cup of white vinegar using the one-cup measuring cup. Using the funnel (I’m so sloppy, you could probably live without it… me? Not much) I carefully added it to the spray bottle.
Here, you have a few possibilities:
First, squeeze a lemon and add the juice if you wish to balance out the tart flavor. Shake the container. Apply. But some dogs like lemons. Emmett is one of those dogs, therefore I completely exclude the lemon juice. You know, why tempt him to lick it?
Second, dilute with water if you want to apply it directly to your dog or any wooden surfaces that the vinegar’s strong acidity may damage. My standard procedure is to include an additional 2/3 cup of water for every cup of white vinegar.
Digression about the wood furniture issue. I nearly exclusively clean with vinegar and have never had any issues with wood finishes. Having said that, we lack pleasant things. No old things. There are no carvings or other embellishments, so I wouldn’t be unhappy if anything DID get damaged—which may happen. If you’re concerned, check a tiny area on the rear or bottom.
That’s it, for reals! Combine everything, put it in a container, shake it, and spray!
How does Emmett feel about the smell? Well…
What is this substance? Is that food?
“OH! BLECH! AH! ICK! Newt, leave now! This thing is harmful in my opinion. It’s still in my mouth! I’m chewing it now! Blergh!”
Why would you subject me to this?
He’s OK, of course, but with this batch, he was SO DRAMATIC. There is no doubt that it works. Chewing is discouraged with only a little spray on the problematic region. Of course, you’ll need to reapply, and if you decide to add lemon juice, I’d go ahead and put it in the refrigerator.
In conclusion, making your bitter apple spray at home may be an effective way to stop your dogs from engaging in undesirable chewing behavior. You may create a secure and reliable deterrent that will stop your pet from chewing on furniture, cables, or other objects around the home by utilizing ordinary household products and following a straightforward method.
Pets are discouraged from chewing by the unique flavor and scent of bitter apple spray. They get repulsed by the taste and smell, which together provide an aversion that helps draw their focus away from the things they shouldn’t be chewing on. This organic, non-toxic remedy offers a practical, compassionate alternative to reduce damaging chewing habits.
Q: Is bitter apple spray safe for all pets?
Most pets, including dogs and cats, are normally safe with bitter apple spray. Even more so if your pet has any known allergies or sensitivities, it’s crucial to examine the precise materials used in the DIY recipe and confer with your veterinarian.
Q: Can I use bitter apple spray on all surfaces?
A spot test on a small, discrete area is advised before using bitter apple spray on larger surfaces, even though it is safe to use on the majority of surfaces. It’s essential to test the spray first to make sure it won’t harm or discolor any fabrics since some may be more susceptible to it.
Q: How often should I apply bitter apple spray?
Depending on how often your pet chews, you should use bitter apple spray. To prevent chewing at first, it is advised to use the spray daily or as required. You may be able to lessen the frequency of application as your pet becomes acclimated to the spray and learns proper chewing habits.
Q: Can I use bitter apple spray as a training aid?
You may use bitter apple spray as a teaching tool to deter undesirable eating behavior. In addition to utilizing the spray, it’s crucial to provide your pet with suitable chew toys and focus their attention on those toys when they engage in banned object chewing.
Q: Can I make bitter apple spray with alternative ingredients?
While apple cider vinegar and water are the usual components for making bitter apple spray, some do-it-yourself recipes may also call for lemon juice or cayenne pepper. It’s crucial to do research and confirm that the substitute substances you choose are risk-free for your pets and won’t result in any negative responses.