Homemade Bitter Apple Spray

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red spray bottleHere 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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October 14, 2019

Is homemade bitter apple spray safe to spray on a small dog to stop my big dog from licking her?


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October 14, 20191 found this helpful

Yes. It is used on anything you dont want the dog to lick or chew.


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October 16, 20190 found this helpful

I think it would depend on what is in the spray. Keep in mind that your dogs will both lick and ingest the spray so it has to be safe.


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October 31, 20190 found this helpful

You should not have a problem with this spay as long as you make it yourself and follow the recipe. Many people use this to stop a dog from licking or biting themselves.

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