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5 Ways to Use Vinegar to Train Your Dog

Vinegar seems to be one of the crazy things in life that has a million and one uses to it.  The last couple of years I’ve been using it much more than just an ingredient in a recipe.  I wanted to share with you 5ways to use vinegar around your home in relation to your dog.
  1. For puppies or dogs with a chewing issue vinegar can be used as an anti-chewing deterrent. Mix equal parts of white vinegar and lemon juice in a spray bottle and spray on areas your puppy or is chewing. Plus this also makes a great cleaner, so if you spray too much, just wipe with a cloth and the object is also clean!
  2. Are you having a problem with stray/barn/feral cats around your home?  Pour white vinegar in the areas the cat is spraying. This is especially useful when you have a dog that chases the outdoor cat.  This lasts for 2-4 weeks depending on the weather and how much rain you’re getting.
  3. White vinegar also works very well at removing the odor of urine.  If you puppy or dog has an accident treat immediately with white vinegar to clean the area and remove the scent of urine.  For more solid accidents, pour white vinegar on the affected area.  Let it sit for one minute or less and rub with a dry cloth.  If your puppy or dog has an accident on bedding, you can add ½ cup to the washing machine to remove the smell of it from the fabric.
  4. White vinegar can be used to remove fleas.  This is a GREAT chemical free way to address this common issue.  Fleas are attracted to the smell of vinegar and if you leave an open bowl of white vinegar in the area you’re finding fleas, they will jump into the bowl and drown in the vinegar.  Fleas also don’t like salt, so if you sprinkle salt in your carpet they will jump out of the carpet; hopefully into the bowl of vinegar.  Keep in mind that fleas like the smell of vinegar, so don’t leave the bowl of vinegar next to your dogs’ crate, bed, or other areas your dog is resting.  You don’t want to attract the fleas to your dog.  If you have a flea problem in these areas, keep your dog away while the vinegar is out.
  5. To prevent fleas from biting your dog, add a drop of apple cider vinegar to your dogs’ bowl of water and it changes the acidity of their skin and fleas won’t bite your dog.  If you have a toy breed or giant breed size dog, ask your vet about the amount to use for their size.
I had a lot of fun looking these up, and I was happy finding out some other great uses for vinegar around the home.  Happy Training!!

4 Comments to 5 Ways to Use Vinegar to Train Your Dog:

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Babo on Monday, June 15, 2015 5:46 AM
Hey. I read that if you spray the areas which are receiving unwanted chewing for 2 weeks then the puppy will stop trying. My question is this: How often should we respray. Thanks
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Amber Aben on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 6:32 AM
Most all anti-chewing sprays need to be re-applied every 20-24 hours.

Paris on Wednesday, September 21, 2016 2:13 AM
Hi, I have two puppies 3 months old. we put them in their special home of wooden fence, of course big enough to enjoy, until they finish their full vaccinations and we free them at home. but they chew the wooden fence and eat it, it looks like the wood is eatable and delicious. It came to my mind to apply apple cider vinegar to the fence, they didn't like it and sat in a corner. what is your experience? Would it be helpful or they may get sick? Thanks Paris
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Amber on Tuesday, September 27, 2016 8:26 AM
Vinegar will not make your dogs feel sick. It has a very bitter taste, so dogs will avoid putting in their mouth. One of the great things about using something that's edible as a chewing deterrent is if it doesn't work, no worries. You just move onto the next things. Sounds like you've found something that works!

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