Does Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray take the bite out of dogs’ chewing stuff around the house?
Our rescue pup used to chew all sorts of spots around the house. Her favorite gnawing notions were the family room couch, the window sill next to her crate, and the antique wooden trunk on which the cat dishes sit. (Hey, at least she left the cat food alone, right?)
I cannot count the number of times I hand-sewed frayed spots on the couch, trying to tuck under the tears from her teeth. I pulled out the paint can and touched up the window sill umpteen times. And I used a black Sharpie permanent marker to fill in the gnawed corners on the ebony-painted trunk.
Finally, enough was enough.
The pet groomer recommended Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray. I bought a bottle and began spraying the taste deterrent product on these spots with a vengeance.
Guess what. It worked.
An apple a day keeps chewing at bay?
Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray, which contains isopropanol and bitters, must be reapplied periodically. We found that once every day or two pretty much did the trick. Eventually, the pup lost interest in her favorite chewing spots.
Plus, we put a less appealing slipcover on the couch (right over the dog-chewed spots).
This product reviewer purchased the product described and evaluated here, and the reviewer has no prior or existing relationship (either familial or professional) with the creator, manufacturer or marketer of the product.
How do like them apples, pup?
One might say that Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray is sort of the forbidding fruit, if the pet owner applies it to places where the dog has taken up chewing.
The 50-plus-year-old product, priced around $10 for a 16-ounce pump spray bottle or a flip-top gel version, is marketed for preventing pets from licking and gnawing and biting (on themselves and various surfaces). It also comes in a dabber-top version, which looks sort of like a shoe polish applier, marketed for use on cats (who tend to hate spraying). An eight-ounce bottle of Grannick’s Bitter Apple Spray is available for use with smaller pets, such as birds or ferrets.
Title image adapted from product promo photo – fair use