Bitter apple spray has been around for quite some time. You may be wondering what the purpose of it is. It helps prevent dogs from chewing on things! Sure, you can buy it at any pet store or online, but we are going to show you a very simple and affordable way to make it yourself. Be sure to share the recipe with your family and friends!
Now it’s time for the fun part! You will need to decide on the quantity that you want. Your goal is to have a 2:1 ratio of white vinegar to apple cider vinegar. Use the one-cup measuring cup and pour in 2/3 cup of the white vinegar over the apple cider vinegar. Give the bottle a good shake and you are good to go! Note: if you want to apply the bitter apple spray directly to your dog or to anything wooden, you will need to dilute it with water. We recommend that you add the same amount of water as white vinegar.
There you have it! The next time you catch your dog trying to chew on something, apply it directly to your dog (via mouth) or spray it on the area that they are trying to chew. You will find out that this works wonders, and it will help stop the chewing in no time!
Why use DIY bitter apple spray?
Whenever someone asks me how to get their puppy to stop chewing something, this is the recipe I pass along. It’s a phenomenal spray deterrent. But please pay attention to the instructions if you’re going to use it on any wood. I mean, pay attention to the instructions regardless but ESPECIALLY for wood.
Secondly, if your dog has a chewing/licking problem, something skin-related or a small wound that he just won’t leave alone (EMMETT) then this is the thing for you. I’ll get into the whys of it all below, but just know that chew deterrent also means for self-chewing, not just furniture/drywall (COOPER).
Homemade Bitter Apple Spray for Dogs
The bitterness of this spray will discourage your dog from chewing, but wont harm him at all.
To make it, simply mix 2 cups of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle.
You could also use lemon juice instead of the apple cider vinegar.
You shouldnt spray the mixture on furniture or carpeting without testing a small, unseen area first.
It shouldnt hurt the material, but its better to be safe than sorry.
Commonly Asked Questions
Bitter apple like we discussed is a safe non-toxic way to keep your dog from chewing on items of value, so no it cannot.
Can I make my own bitter spray?
Does white vinegar stop dogs chewing?