There are always times when a dog owner returns home to find some unexpected damage inflicted on their household items by their pet dog. Dogs have a great sense of smell and vision to explore the world, but many times, they also use their mouths in the same process. Most of the young puppies also chew, which is a natural process that helps their jaws and their teeth and with their teething process. Dogs cannot obviously, distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate behaviors and as such, end up chewing or scratching anything.
One of the tried and tested ways of getting your dog to stop chewing on your things, whether it is your furniture, shoes, curtains or sofa, is by the use of an anti-chew spray.
What is an anti-chew spray and how does it work?
The best type of anti-chew spray depends on the type of your dog and the reason why they are chewing. The anti-chew spray discourages a dog or any other pet from chewing upon whatever you spray it on. Many of the anti-chew sprays work by having disgusting flavors in the spray, such as sour or spicy ones, which the dog would not like. Most of the anti-chew sprays are quite safe, but you should, however, do your research before buying one for your dog.
One thing that you must keep in mind is that the anti-chew spray should be for “dogs” and not for any other pet as it may contain certain ingredients that may be harmful to your furry friend. There are plenty of anti-chew sprays in the market, and you can choose the one that suits your preferences for your dog or for any particular behavior that they may have. For example, if your dog likes to chew on your clothes or the curtains, you may choose an anti-chew spray that does not stain and can easily spray upon the fabric, since all anti-chew sprays are not fabric friendly. Similarly, if your dog has become destructive and ends up chewing your hand as well, you can choose a spray that you can use on your skin as well.
The anti-chew sprays are quite effective in reducing the chewing habit in dogs, and with proper anti-chew training, which the dog owner can provide, the dog may give up chewing altogether.
The Top Anti-Chew Sprays
1. Bitter Apple Taste Deterrent for Dogs by Grannicks
It comes in an easy to spray bottle filled with a bitter compound, designed for your dog to stop chewing on things. The best feature about this dog spray is that it is non-toxic and biodegradable and as such, you can spray it not only on your skin if your dog or your puppy likes to chew on you, but also directly on wounds. It does contain alcohol, so it is best to spray on the bandage, rather than on the cut itself.
This bitter apple dog spray by Grannicks has a bitter apple scent, and as soon as you spray it, you will notice a strong aroma of alcohol as well. However, this smell would dissipate within a minute, which means you can even spray it when you are expecting to have guests over, without having your house smell like rotten apples. It is excellent to use around the house, as this spray does not harm the finish of real wood furniture, although it may end up staining some surfaces.
Moreover, it works well even with cats, and though it is marketed primarily for dogs, the ingredients in this spray and the exclusive spray for cats are the same. It is available in bottle sizes of 8oz and 32oz.