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I use Bitter Apple whenever I need something. It really does taste nasty.
 
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Bitter apple generally works well. It actually makes me nauseous just being in the same room with it. But I had a Plott hound who thought it was a condiment. She even ate a sleeper sofa that was drenched in it. It was my sisters sleeper sofa and she had no business storing it at my house, so there were no repercussions.
 

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Bitter apple generally works well. It actually makes me nauseous just being in the same room with it. But I had a Plott hound who thought it was a condiment. She even ate a sleeper sofa that was drenched in it. It was my sisters sleeper sofa and she had no business storing it at my house, so there were no repercussions.
so it seems Bitter apple is the top seller
 

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Lots of people swear by bitter apple for sure. There's always a chance that you'll have a weird dog, though. I was applying anti-lick disinfectant to a hotspot a few weeks ago and my dog just turned and started licking the cotton pad I was applying it with... repeatedly. Unsurprisingly, he needed a cone after that, haha.
 

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Lots of people swear by bitter apple for sure. There's always a chance that you'll have a weird dog, though. I was applying anti-lick disinfectant to a hotspot a few weeks ago and my dog just turned and started licking the cotton pad I was applying it with... repeatedly. Unsurprisingly, he needed a cone after that, haha.
😂I understand because after our little toy puppy was nurtured they said he would calm down chewing and playing but he is worse at 9 months old we dont knot know if his teeth are still in or not the first set of teeth he chews everything. I thought the spray would work but like you say it may not????
 

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The only thing neutering guarantees is that he can't produce puppies, honestly. Some dogs do experience certain behavior changes after the surgery, but it's highly individual and unfortunately can't be relied upon to fix behaviors, especially those that have little to nothing to do with hormones or reproduction, like chewing.

I used a pen for our chewer when we couldn't supervise, where he had access to plenty of safe, appropriate dog chews to choose from and couldn't access inappropriate objects to chew on (like our furniture). We fed him his meals frozen in stuffed food toys like the Kong Classic to encourage him to get his gnawing out on appropriate items. We rotated chews frequently to keep things new and interesting, and he got lots of praise and attention for deciding to engage with his chews instead of our couch or other forbidden objects. We had to block access to one specific chair when he was loose because it was too tempting. Our older dog wasn't nearly as bad, but we did have to put away the living room rug for a while until he was more mature and settled because again, it was just too tempting to him. Deterrents worked short-term but weren't reliable in the long-term or when the dog was unsupervised.

He's still a baby, just starting adolescence, so this will mostly take time and management and lots of encouragement to make good chewing choices.
 

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The only thing neutering guarantees is that he can't produce puppies, honestly. Some dogs do experience certain behavior changes after the surgery, but it's highly individual and unfortunately can't be relied upon to fix behaviors, especially those that have little to nothing to do with hormones or reproduction, like chewing.

I used a pen for our chewer when we couldn't supervise, where he had access to plenty of safe, appropriate dog chews to choose from and couldn't access inappropriate objects to chew on (like our furniture). We fed him his meals frozen in stuffed food toys like the Kong Classic to encourage him to get his gnawing out on appropriate items. We rotated chews frequently to keep things new and interesting, and he got lots of praise and attention for deciding to engage with his chews instead of our couch or other forbidden objects. We had to block access to one specific chair when he was loose because it was too tempting. Our older dog wasn't nearly as bad, but we did have to put away the living room rug for a while until he was more mature and settled because again, it was just too tempting to him. Deterrents worked short-term but weren't reliable in the long-term or when the dog was unsupervised.

He's still a baby, just starting adolescence, so this will mostly take time and management and lots of encouragement to make good chewing choices.
it looks like you have the same problems with your dog as we do ,2we just dont know when he will get hi final teeth and stop chewing , and for a little dog he can scare the crap out of anyone who passes by to get there car door in a parking lot I have to roll up the windows .
 

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Frodo's almost two now and much better! He'll occasionally have a taste of some of our furniture, but is quick to listen when we tell him to cut it out and encourage him to select one of his (many) appropriate chew toys instead.

While most dogs chew more when they're teething, it's a natural behavior for dogs at all ages. Some dogs like to chew more than others, and it's a way they naturally self-soothe or relieve anxiety or boredom. My goal with Frodo was always to help him make appropriate chewing choices, not to stop the behavior altogether, and he'll likely need and want a selection of safe and appropriate chew toys his whole life, especially since he struggles to settle down and relax on his own. In that way, chewing is a huge help! If he's antsy or we know we won't be able to get his usual amount of exercise and training in, we can offer a stuffed, frozen kong, bully stick, raw meaty bone, etc. to help him get some of that energy and frustration out.
 
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