Many dogs may have a problem with chewing, which may start for various reasons. It could be nervousness, it could start as biting at their bodies, it could be as simple as an itch. However, it can become a serious issue, whether they are gnawing on furniture or themselves. Sprays are a good way to prevent this incessant chomping. A quality spray should deter this behavior but be safe in case of accidental ingestion. The options on this list offer great versatility and can be used to help keep your pets retrain your pets, getting them to stop chewing on their paws and the sofa and to start chewing on their favorite toys instead! Here’s a list of some of the best chew deterrent for dogs in 2021 we’ve found on the market.
Destructive chewing in dogs and puppies are not uncommon since they use chewing to express their feelings. It’s normal for puppies and even older dogs to chew on practically anything they get their paws on so it’s no use to try to prevent this behavior. However, you might want to prevent your pet from gnawing through your favorite furniture and a chew deterrent might just do the trick.
Why Dogs Chew
It’s important to know why dogs chew so you can manage and successfully reduce your dog’s destructive chewing. Normally, young dogs chew on things to relieve pain from teething and it’s also a great way for older dogs to maintain strong teeth and jaws. Chewing might also be stemmed from anxiety and hunger so you might not want to use a chew deterrent if this is the case.
How Chew Deterrents Work
The purpose of using chew deterrents is to discourage your dog from chewing on inappropriate items such as cabinets, sofas, and other important furniture. Deterrents are usually in the form of a spray that contains ingredients that will be unpleasant, but still safe for your dogs to consume. Normally, these have a bitter or spicy taste so when you first use a chew deterrent, you need to spray it with a piece of cloth and gently wipe it on your dog’s mouth. It might cause retching, drooling, or head shaking but it will surely get your dog to associate the smell to the unpleasant taste. You can now spray the deterrent to any surface or object that you want your dog to avoid and your pet will learn to avoid that area. We recommend spraying the same surface every day for two to four weeks for maximum effectiveness.
What to Look for in Dog Chew Deterrents
Since your dog will likely ingest the deterrent, the most important factor to consider when choosing the right one is the ingredients. You should opt to select ingredients that are natural and organic. Avoid any alcohol, parabens, and other chemical-based ingredients. Look for formulations that will safely and effectively deter your pets from chewing without ruining your furniture.
Scent and Flavor
The most common flavor for dog chew deterrents is the bitter apple spray, but there are also several options to choose from such as sour lemon, sour cherry, and lime. Spicy flavors are also effective, but you should remove your dog’s access to water for about an hour if you’re using this so they will not be able to alleviate the discomfort brought by the taste. Choosing the scent of your deterrent spray is also equally important because you don’t want a smell that’s too overpowering that it causes your family and guests discomfort. If the smell is too much for you, then it is definitely too strong for your dogs because they have a more sensitive nose.
When you’re trying to curb your dog’s chewing using a deterrent, it’s important to use one that will work consistently and on the first try. An effective chew deterrent should be able to keep your dog away from the surface and object immediately after contact so if your dog does not pull away from the sprayed area, you might not have put enough or your dog might have liked the taste. If the deterrent only works sometimes, your dog might get confused if it should chew on the object or not which makes the spray ineffective.
By Jarett Gilpin
Jarett and his vapor wake dog, Toxi, help keep the students and public safe on the University of Notre Dame’s campus. Jarett knows what equipment, food and toys to keep Toxi safe, productive and still able to have fun.