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Old 02-02-2006, 08:49 AM
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Default What's the name of the spray that tastes worse than bitter apple?

I remember reading a post where one of you mentioned it the other day, but I can't find it. I went out and got some bitter apple spray yesterday to curb chewing, and my beagle has really enjoyed licking it off. So I'm looking for the name of that alternative someone mentioned here.
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:54 AM
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You can buy a spice called Allum....it's what they use to make pickles and lovies and stuff like that. It's one of the ingreidents in there. In very, very small doses.
However, if you disolve a WHOLE bunch of it in water, and then use that as a spray it tastes like death! And you have to totally disolve it. Let it sit for an hour of so in warm water. You can buy it in the gorcery store in the same section that you would get your lemon pepper, garlic salt etc.
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Old 02-02-2006, 09:18 AM
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Thanks, I'll try that asap. I must have gotten a little on my hands when I was dousing everything down, and absentmindedly stuck my finger in my mouth to chew on a nail, and ugh! I don't know what's going on with the tastebuds of that little weirdo, cause that stuff is horrible. So the apple spray deterred me from indulging in my bad habit, and at the same time gave Gage a nice bit of flavor for his meal of coffee table leg.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:01 AM
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lol. hope you find that stuff. You think bitter apple would work with a thumb sucking kid?
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:15 AM
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Both Bitter Apple and alum work if properly introduced. By spraying it on something the dog has already formed a 'chewing attachment' to won't work. The dog gets a reward out of chewing the table leg or whatever and so will suffer through the bitterness. After all, that varnish probably didn't taste so hot either. Think of it as similar to when people speak of "acquiring a taste" for liquor, soda, certain foods, etc.

To get the best results, soak a cotton ball with the spray (either one) and wait until the dog is just hanging around, watching TV with you or so. Walk past him and sqeeze the cotton ball so the liquid is squirted into his mouth and watch how much he tries to get the taste out! Since it was introduced in a neutral manner, he has now formed an association that "bitter apple =YUCK". If you think you have a 'tough-tongued' dog, you might try it once more on a different day. The next time he goes to chew whatever it was (table leg, couch cushion, etc), he'll smell the spray and remember how awful it tasted and should leave it alone.

If you have already tried the Bitter Apple and he still chews, you probably won't be able to get the BA to work. Try the alum spray or something else.
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:40 AM
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Hmm, okay, we'll try the apple spray again after he's had some on a tissue. He sniffed a bit of it after it was freshly sprayed on something, and lept back, so I figured we were all set. As soon as it was dry though, there he was, licking it off. If not, then we'll move on to some alum on a tissue next.
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:47 AM
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It needs to go in his mouth though, not just sniff it.
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Old 02-02-2006, 11:51 AM
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Yes, that's why I'm going to give him some on a kleenex.
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Old 02-02-2006, 01:27 PM
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I found lemon juice worked well for some of my dogs. Or tabasco sauce...



My current dog is currently mastering the taste of dill pickles. He wanted some of mien the other night I gave him a little bit, he swished it around, spit it out a few times then ate it. I gave him a bigger chunk later, same thing happened, but he ate it much faster. And he's STILL begging me for pickles...

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Old 02-02-2006, 02:37 PM
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Lemon juice is out, since I've all ready taught him that that's a good smell (by using a bit of it to scent the things that are "his"). Your dog learning to like pickles is so funny. Guess he doesn't care what it tastes like as long as he gets to have some
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