While dogs may be man's best friend, they can also be a major nuisance, especially when they are puppies. Your furniture and garden are at risk with a new puppy in the house. Puppies are teething and need to chew, so it's important to take measures to protect your upholstered furniture and garden beds. Use the remedies below to keep your new pup from chewing through your home.
Determine the problem areas. Some dogs go straight for gardens and vegetables and the lawn, while others may like to chew on furniture. If the problem is somewhere in the yard or garden, you may not need a repellent. Dogs inherently want to return to the same place where they're gone to the bathroom, so you may just need to guide them to another part of your yard. For garden veggies or furniture, you will want to make a repellent.
Try a cayenne pepper mix first. Mix together water and cayenne pepper in a spray bottle. Use 1 part cayenne and 10 parts water as a ratio. You do not want to overconcentrate the pepper in the water as it may ruin your furniture or garden, and may not be healthy for the animal. Spray the solution over the problem areas in a light mist. Cover the area entirely. This should keep your pesky dog from chewing or eating.
Make a vinegar and water solution if the cayenne pepper solution fails to work. Mix 1 part vinegar and 5 parts water to make this solution. Again, spray over the affected areas in a light mist, covering everything exposed.
Another technique is to use citrus. There are several varieties of these dog repellents for purchase. However, you can try to use fresh lemon without buying a solution. Cut up a few lemons into wedges. Squeeze the juice over the affected area and let stand for a few minutes. You can also spread some wedges throughout your garden if the unruly dog likes to trample through your beds.
One last technique is to soak cotton balls with ammonia and place them around the areas you want to keep the dog away from. Be very careful with ammonia as it is a toxic chemical and could injure the animal.