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Homemade Bitter Apple Spray

Bitter apple spray is used to help train dogs and puppies not to chew inappropriately on things such as your furniture. This is a guide about homemade bitter apple spray.


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October 18, 2012

Here are a couple of recipes to make at home as an alternative to bitter apple spray. Use them to discourage inappropriate chewing by your pets.

Vinegar Version

The base for most bitter apple sprays is apple cider vinegar. This vinegar has a tart taste that most dogs stay away from, making it a perfect repellent.

In a spray bottle, combine 2 cups of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of regular white vinegar. Shake well and you'll have an effective bitter apple spray alternative.

Spray it on furniture legs or other items your dog may have a habit of chewing on (e.g., shoes, children's toys) to immediately shoo your pet away.

Lemon Juice Version

Lemon juice is an alternative to apple cider vinegar when making your own homemade bitter apple spray.

Combine 2 cups of lemon juice with 1 cup of white vinegar in a spray bottle. Shake it well, then apply it to furniture legs and other household items that your pet has a habit of chewing on.


Not only will you be deterring your dog from nibbling on your possessions, you'll be giving your home the aroma of fresh lemon zest while you're at it.

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By Robyn Fed from Tri-Cities, TN

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June 16, 20160 found this helpful

My 9 1/2 month old puppy just licked up the lemon recipe? It didn't bother her at all... What do I do now

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October 20, 20160 found this helpful

You can add a few drops of tree tea oil or peppermint essential oil to it, a few drops as suits you.

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November 3, 20160 found this helpful

How many people have had good results with the acv and reg. Vinegar?

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January 21, 20170 found this helpful

My dogs HATE the bitter apple spray I get at the pet store but it's expensive. I hope they hate this as much.


Question: Does the lemon base spray discolor furniture?

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