The word "deterrent" may cause you to assume that a brand like Grannick's Bitter Apple would deter your pooch from peeing in certain areas. While this powerful taste deterrent made of water, isopropanol, bitter flavors and extracts will make your dog's tongue want to roll up and hide, it will work only for chewing and licking problems. If your dog has an elimination problem, you may perhaps be looking for a different category of dog attractant and deterrent sprays.
Description Taste Deterrent and Training Aid for Dogs
Let’s face it. The urge to chew is powerful for young dogs and puppies so most will push through the nasty taste and sink their little teeth into your soft (and gorgeous) hardwood floors. Plus, constant exposure will dull sensory senses. Have you ever been in a heavily deodorized room? At first, you gag and then after a few minutes, you don’t smell it any longer. 🙂 Don’t forget, chewing deterrents have a minimal residual effect, meaning the nasty taste fades over time.
Taste Deterrent for Dogs - Spray - 8 fl oz.
Grannick's Bitter Apple Taste Deterrent for Dogs was invented in 1960 by a pharmacist to help prevent unwanted chewing behaviors. This powerful blend of non-toxic ingredients can be applied safely to a number of surfaces, including your pet's fur.
GRANNICKS - Taste Deterrent Original Pump Spray for Dogs - 8 fl
Actually, no. According to the , it is a perfectly legitimate training method when you’re trying to break your dog of a chewing, licking or eating habit (although you should never put any substance directly on your dog for self-licking issues). They point out that dogs have taste buds, just like humans, that can detect sweet, salty, sour and bitter. It should be noted, however, that some dogs are more responsive to deterrents than others (in fact, some dogs actually LIKE spicy sauces or sour tastes). Just like people, dogs have specific tastes that repel and attract them, so it's no guarantee that vinegar, citrus or pepper will keep your dog from chewing. WebMD recommends introducing the flavored deterrent to your dog before you spray with it. Simply put a small amount of it on a piece of cotton wool or tissue and place it in your dog's mouth. When he tastes it, he'll likely spit it out, and if he decides he doesn't like the taste he may gag, shake his head or drool. The point of the exercise is for him to identify the scent of the spray with the bad taste so he'll avoid anything that smells like the spray. The deterrent should be applied daily for up to a month while your dog learns to stay away from specific objects. Never apply a homemade deterrent to your dog's fur without first consulting his vet.When you introduce a deterrent, you should dab or spray some on a tissue or cotton ball and gently put it in your dog’s mouth. Let him taste it, spit it out and sniff it a bit. This introduces the bad flavor and allows him to associate the flavor and scent. If you’re using a spicy deterrent, you should also remove your dog’s access to water for an hour or so, otherwise they will simply wash the bad taste away. After years of polling puppy and adolescent clients about the effectiveness of dog chew deterrents for their pets, I’ve found it’s almost always split down the middle. For some dogs, it works wonders. The other half of dogs love the taste–go figure.