Sunday, September 29, 2013

Quick Tip: Homemade Bitter Apple Spray

 This spray is a pet training tool. The bitter taste deters pets from nibbling on your possessions--within weeks, you can have your pet trained with this method. Bitter apple sprays can cost anywhere from $10 to $20 in pet stores, but there are a few recipes you can try at home to make a spray that is just as effective at a fraction of the cost.

Bitter Vinegar

Your pet will turn up its nose after one whiff of this vinegar and water spray. Combine 1 cup of white vinegar with 1 cup of apple cider vinegar and 1 cup of water in a spray bottle. Shake well before applying the solution. 

Generally, one spray will do the trick. Spray all table legs, wires, baseboards and couch cushions. Don't forget any of your pet's usual chewing spots. Reapply every few days to freshen the bitter taste.

Lemon Juice and Rubbing Alcohol

Many commercial bitter apple sprays contain isopropyl alcohol. Although this recipe contains isopropyl alcohol, otherwise known as rubbing alcohol, use only a small amount. You want the bitter taste to be strong but not so overpowering that it makes your animal sick.

Combine 4 oz of water with 3 oz of lemon juice and 1 oz of rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle. Shake well and then spray a small amount on the back of your hand. Test its strength by licking it. If the alcohol tastes too strong, dilute it with more water.

This mixture lingers a little longer on furniture than the bitter vinegar spray so reapply only as needed or when your pup starts licking or showing interest in the sprayed areas again.

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