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Grannick's Bitter Apple
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- Discourages fur biting
- Eliminates hots spots to stop pets from licking, gnawing, and chewing fur, wounds, and bandages
- Non-toxic and safe
- Simply spray problem areas to discourage chewing
- Ingredients include water, isopropanol 20%, bitter principles, and extracts
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Original Spray for Dogs. Discourages fur biting, hair chewing and hot spots. Sizes available: 118AT: 8 oz. 24/case 1116AT: 16 oz. 12/case.
Size: 16 oz
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Grannick's make several Bitter Apple products, from which to choose. My preference is this spray, for the ease of use. This spray has saved many furniture pieces, more shoes than I care to count, and has also saved more than 1 Christmas tree.
You spray this on the object that your pet is chewing, and spray or place a drop or 2 in your pet's mouth. This creates an association between the smell, the unpleasant taste, and provides a reminder why your dog never wants to chew anything the smells like this. I'm a skeptic, as well as dog lover. To prove to me that it works, and is safe for my pets, my husband agreed to my spraying it in his mouth. He confirmed that this should prevent any unwanted behaviour. [I probably shouldn't have laughed as much as I did that day]
As a parent to a Border collie puppy with a very, very high herding drive, my little Noodles quickly (and instinctually) developed the desire to nip at my ankles when I'd walk across the room. To break this behavior, I immediately went to my Granncik's Bitter Apple and sprayed from my knees down. The next time I brushed by Noodles, she went for my ankles (as all good herders do). In just a split second of getting her little lips around me, she immediately changed her mind about trying to herd me around the house -- the bitter taste of my lower legs just isn't worth it to her! Now Noodles recognizes my lower extremities as making pretty poor targets to play out her natural instincts. Instead she has naturally refocused her desire to herd her toys (which I imagine must taste infinitely better than I do now).
I strongly recommend this product to teach and condition your puppy to focus (or not focus) on what's appropriate for them. Chewing, and in Noodles' case herding, is a natural instinct, and it's therefore very difficult to reprimand. Shouting "NO!" over and over at your puppy when he/she is enjoying something that comes naturally will not condition them correctly. Rather, you'll porbably wind up with a stressful situation, a lot of frustration, and possibly a puppy with even worse behavior. They simply cannot understand "why" some things can be chewed and others cannot. However, through proper conditioning they will "learn" what items fulfill their need to chew whilst being conditioned to identify what things aren't worth it.
Here's an analogy. We all know 2 and 3 year old humans tend to not listen to their parents and will frequently perform behavior that results in consequences. Think of the child who, despite being warned to not touch the hot kettle, does so anyway. Although we parents tell them what to do, it's often the highly memorable and uncomfortable consequences that ultimately teaches the lesson. Grannick's Bitter Apple is sort of a short cut to a similar experience for dogs. You may tell your dog or puppy to "not chew" or "no", but it's the consequences of having a bitter mouthful that really reinforces the point.