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July 31, 2014

“Help! I just bought this dog seat belt so that I can help keep my pet safe in the car, but he keeps trying to chew it off. What do I do?”

This happens all the time. We spend lots of money to do what is best and our dogs want nothing to do with it. Unless your dog is already used to wearing a harness, adaptation may take a little time. Training your dog to get used to a pet car harness is the best long-term solution. But what if you’re going on a trip soon and you don’t have the time? Try spraying the pet car harness with a chew deterrent spray. One of the best chew deterrent sprays on the market is Grannick’s Bitter Apple. This stuff has been around for over 50 years (developed in 1960). And in most cases, it really works.

Bitter Apple Chew Deterrent Spray for Dogs

There are some instances where dogs actually seem to like the taste, but the average success is 4 out of 5 stars. If you need to keep your dog in his harness so that he is safe, why not try using the Grannick’s Bitter Apple? It is non-toxic and the chances are your dog will hate it more than he hates his safety belt.

If time really is of the essence, a homemade chew deterrent may also work. Try mixing peppermint extract and water in a spray bottle. Or cayenne pepper and water, apple cider vinegar in water, or lemon juice in water. The Daily Puppy has some great recipes.

Remember, results will vary. Long term training is the best solution, but not always feasible if you’re pressed for time. Shorten the time by combining Bitter Apple with training. Simply follow our training tips for getting your dog used to a pet safety belt, but spray the harness with a chew deterrent.

Have you had to use a chew deterrent for your dog? If so, what kind? Did it work?

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2 Responses to “Apples on Dog Seat Belts to Deter Chewing”

  1. Lindsay:

    This worked really well for me years ago when my family’s golden retriever puppy would try to chew her leash on walks. She would get excited and would want to play. Spraying that on her leash stopped the problem instantly.

    I also tried spraying it on a plant to get my cats to stop eating the plant. It did seem to stop them, but it was also beginning to kill my plant!

  2. Susan and the gang from Life with Dogs and Cats:

    We tried using bitter apple to keep my dog from chewing on the bathroom door (he was trying to get to the “special treats” that were hidden in the kitty litter). He didn’t care…chewed right through it. Now we have to gate the area of when we’re not home.

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats