Stop Dogs From Chewing Inappropriate Items
Is your dog chewing on his bandage?
Is your new puppy chewing on your wicker chair?
You may find that Arrid Extra Dry spray deodorant is the answer to both problems.
I don’t know why this particular brand is better at deterring canine chewing habits. I don’t even recall who originally told me about using it for this purpose. It is believed that the alum ingredient has a taste dogs just can’t stand.
However, it didn’t take long after graduation from Auburn University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for me to learn that bitter apple, bitter orange and other supposedly off-putting flavors did no good whatsoever. Few puppies or dogs would even be slowed down in their desire to consume a bandage or piece of furniture by the “bitter” products.
The Arrid trick is also a good one for dogs who like to chew on their leashes. I have seen many leashes damaged by chewers and the danger (nevermind the expense!) is that a damaged area may go unnoticed, then break at the most inopportune time, such as crossing a busy street.
Check with your pet’s doctor to determine whether he approves.
I don’t imagine the manufacturers will mind this off-label use of their product. It just means they will sell more!
See you tomorrow, Dr. Randolph.