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Old 05-14-2010, 12:34 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm just curious, but how many of you actually use it? And of those who do, does it honestly work?

We tried it with Monster when she was younger, because she had a weird habit of pulling at the carpet with her front teeth (probably a teething thing), and it never worked for her - she liked it. Luckily she grew out of the habit with corrections, but it felt like a huge waste of money to me. lol I'm just curious to see how many people had the same issue, if any.
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Old 05-14-2010, 07:39 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I didn't need it for my dobie but tryed it with my lab when she was a pup. It didn't bother her at all. However, I got it on myself a few times and it's horrible!
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Old 05-14-2010, 02:45 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I've used it and it's worked for my dogs but only for as long as the substance is still on whatever I sprayed. The potency doesn't seem to last long always (depends on the surface I think), and the dogs will try a few more times before they get that I don't like what they're doing. So while I don't find that it works instantly, Bitter Apple has been a good tool for me with consistancy.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:04 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I used bitter apple a long time ago with my first dobe--it came in a tube and was rather like vaseline. He had been chewing on an exposed corner of my kitchen cabinets--smeared some on and he never chewed there again.
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Old 05-14-2010, 03:30 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Bitter Apple worked for one of my dogs but not the other..Lol
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I had a problem with Delta's pups chewing on wires and I was very afraid they'd get into a power cable so I got some bitter apple, put some paper towels beneath my cables and sprayed the heck out of them.

Before I was even done a pup had stolen the bitter apple-soaked paper towel and was happily nomming on it. :/

Needless to say, that didn't work!
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Old 05-14-2010, 04:41 PM   #7 (permalink)
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It never worked with Fiona. She would just lick it off while acting disturbed by its taste, then when she had licked off enough she would resume chewing.
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Most of my dogs are respectful of Bitter Apple and won't chew/lick what I put it on, but I do have to repeat it a few times to keep reminding them.

They say that Bitter Orange is way worse. I've seen it at WalMart in the pet section in a pretty small bottle.
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Bitter End by Pet Botanics is awful, Petsmart has it. Don't get it on your hands then try to eat something afterward. I never tried bitter apple after people saying their dogs lick it off LOL

Nina has a rock fetish, does this mexican hat dance around them like they're the greatest toy ever.

Out of curiousity one day I sprayed a baseball sized rock she'd found, go back in the house, come back out & she's dancing again around what I thought was the rock I'd just sprayed....but found she had dug up another and left the sprayed rock alone. LOL

Can't let her out around rocks w/o eyes on the back of our heads.
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Bitter apple didn't work for me either. My dobe just looked at me like "thanks for the topping!"
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I've not had a dog, or seen a dog that was discouraged by bitter apple.

When the surface will allow it, I've seen & had good results with cayenne pepper.
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mine like bitter apple...they lick it off anything i spray it on, they also like death hot sauce and that stuff i cant even stand...weird pups.
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^^Lol, I know some that use it and love it
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I've only used it on the Harley's paws because he kept chewing on them so much and it didn't phase him at all. I really hated using it because no matter what I did I always ended up tasting it. I never used it on Kahlua though.
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