Do Taste Deterrents Work on Puppies?

 Does hot sauce or Bitter Apple deter puppies from chewing on furniture?

Jolanta Benal, CPDT-KA, CBCC-KA,
November 1, 2011

Question: How useful are taste deterrents like hot sauce or Bitter Apple for keeping my house from being destroyed by my new puppy?

Answer: Taste deterrents make a poor first line of defense because many puppies and dogs don’t mind them a bit. Besides, the time you spend coating every tempting surface is time you could have spent playing with your puppy. Save the deterrents for electrical cords and other dangers that you can’t simply move out of the way.

Instead, give your puppy a chew toy to work out her jaw energy and it will keep her from discovering the chewability of art books, Manolos, and iPods. 


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