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Old 01-15-2013, 11:40 AM
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Does the bitter apple spray work?

Bella, my very own interior designer has decided that Lino is not a good look for my kitchen and is doing a bit of 'remodelling' shall we say. Why anyone or puppy would want to eat it as it is probably as old as the house is beyond me. But to a small puppy it is proving irresistible.

I was thinking of getting some of the bitter apple spray work.

I keep taking her away and giving her a chew, but alas Lino is too tasty.

Any other ideas
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Depends on the dog. Tesla hates it and will leave stuff alone. Ratchet thinks it gives extra flavour.

I'd personally go the management route - no unsupervised access to the lino.
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It works for some dogs. Others can ignore it. Others think it is quite tasty.

Keep at what you're doing. She'll get it. Uh, eventually. Calypso was a carpet-chewer, and that was probably her longest-fought bad puppy habit. But we have pretty much gotten that one conquered.

Or could you keep her out of the kitchen altogether? Tape up or tape down some cardboard over the most appetizing bits? (Lino = linoleum?)
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Mine ignore it. The only one that the bitter spray worked on was me and my hubby haha. We'd forget where we sprayed it (like on the office chair handles) and touch them, then go to eat, oh man that stuff is awful. Rhea thinks it's delicious and will lick it and then rub her face across the carpet like when she eats peanut butter.
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Unfortunately we are keeping her mainly in the kitchen at the moment. Yes lino is linoleum. I may just keep going with diverting attention away. Although is she keeps going I may need a new kitchen floor.....and possibly a new kitchen. Lol
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Boston hates it, Nola thinks its a treat. Management is the way to go.
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I like the way you describe Bella. Fortunately, mine chose other careers.

Ditto the management. Is she getting enough physical and mental stimulation? Is she with you a lot? Can you crate her or put her in an ex-pen when you cannot supervise? Chew toys (like stuffed Kongs) and treat dispensing toys can help her stay busy.
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Unfortunately we are keeping her mainly in the kitchen at the moment. Yes lino is linoleum. I may just keep going with diverting attention away. Although is she keeps going I may need a new kitchen floor.....and possibly a new kitchen. Lol
That's one way to get a new kitchen, just don't use lino for flooring.
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Def go straight to the marble tile when pup is done with the demo. lol. (J/K, really, try to get it under control--if she is ruining your floors now, no telling what she will start destroying in the future....)
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When I first got Gizmo she didn't really chew on furniture but since we let her have the run of the house, I did put bitter apple on the legs of the furniture and guess what? It made her chew the furniture, she absolutely loved it. Once I stopped using it, she stopped chewing. Figures I would get a dog that loved that stuff.

My son's GSD chews everythig in their house and he gets crated when noone is at home, but at my house, I give him the run of the house and he never chews anything. Their furniture must taste better than mine. LOL

Although when they first got him and he would stay with me, we had a long talk about not destroying the stuff in my house, he must of understood me because he is always so good at my house.
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