When your pup is teething or just stressed out, he might start chewing on your dining room chair leg and once this becomes a habit, it is hard to break it. This behavior can be destructive, and not to mention harmful if your pooch swallows broken pieces of furniture. But don’t worry, here’s several versions of bitter liquids you can make at home and apply to the furniture in order to break this nasty habit.
Dogs hate the sharp smell of citrus, and this easy homemade solution to your problem could be sitting in your fruit bowl. A simple squirt of lemon, orange or lime juice can go a long way toward keeping your dog away from items you don’t want chewed. You can make a citrus spray by steeping 2 cups of citrus peels in 4 cups of boiled water until cool. Spray this anywhere you think your dog is or will be chewing.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Combine two parts apple cider vinegar with one part regular white vinegar in a spray bottle, shake well and apply it on the furniture your dog likes to chew.
Cayenne Pepper Spray
If citrus and apple cider vinegar sprays aren’t working, try cayenne pepper spray. Cayenne peppers aren’t harmful to dogs, but be careful nevertheless since pepper spray liquids can irritate their eyes and nose, so you might not want to try it as a first option. Simply add 1 or 2 teaspoons ground cayenne pepper to a quart of room temperature water, shake and spray where necessary.