How to Make a Bitter Spray for Puppies

by Amanda Maddox
Teething puppies look for relief by chewing.

Teething puppies look for relief by chewing.

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Puppies, just like babies, have to go through teething. While it is a natural process, it can leave you with chewed furniture, clothes and pretty much anything else within your pup’s reach. If you have tried getting her a chew toy, rolled up a sock for her and she still goes to the furniture, make a simple, safe and effective bitter spray to deter her from chewing on your things.

Step 1

Pour 1 cup apple cider or white vinegar into a medium-size spray bottle.

Step 2

Add 1 cup lemon juice and 1 cup water to the bottle. Shake it to mix the ingredients.

Step 3

Test the spray on the underside of your furniture or inside of shoes. Make sure it does not cause splotching or staining before you spray the entire object.

Items You Will Need

  • 1 cup apple cider or white vinegar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cup water
  • Spray bottle


  • Never spray it directly in your puppy’s mouth. He most likely will not know why you are disciplining him and will think you are being mean.

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About the Author

Amanda Maddox began writing professionally in 2007. Her work appears on various websites focusing on topics about medical billing, coding, real estate, insurance, accounting and business. Maddox has her insurance and real estate licenses and holds an Associate of Applied Science in accounting and business administration from Wallace State Community College.