When your puppy's teething, it's important to protect your furniture, shoes and other valuables from their active little mouths.
You've learned to put your Prada heels in the closet, but you can't exactly hide your coffee table in the linen closet. Instead of crating your baby for hours or watching him like a hawk, mix up a bit of bitter spray with ingredients you already have in your home to create a nontoxic formula that will send him to the chew toys you bought him.
Vinegar is the main ingredient of most bitter-apple sprays. The tart flavor makes most dogs grimace and will deter them from nibbling your valuables. If the scent of the vinegar bothers you as much as it does your dog, you can also use lemon juice.
The problem with vinegar and lemon juice is exactly what you might imagine. Some dogs may actually like the way it tastes! If that's the case, use both vinegar and lemon juice, or try a pickling spice called "alum" or good, old-fashioned yellow-flavored mouthwash (you know, the really gross stuff). You can also try a pinch of cayenne pepper in the mix, but be careful, as it may stain some surfaces.
For any training tool to work, you have to use it correctly. Follow these tips to ensure you aren't reinforcing the wrong behavior in your dog.
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