These dog repellents have a scent that keeps dogs away
Dogs bring their pet parents many joys in life, but what’s not fun is when our pets ruin the furniture. Whether they prance all over the sofa or bite and chew the chairs, pet messes happen — even with a housebroken dog. There’s the issue of whether or not they’re allowed on the furniture, too, because while some prefer to cuddle on the couch or sleep with their pups in bed, sharing with dirty paws isn’t for everyone. That doesn’t mean you love them any less; it just involves a little extra training with dog repellents.
What scent will keep dogs away?
When it comes to training your dog to stay off the furniture or refrain from chewing it, dog repellents are a helpful solution. Some dog repellents work by spraying them directly onto the object you don’t want a dog to chew — like the legs of a chair, for example. These repellents have a scent dogs typically don’t like. The smells that dogs hate the most include:
- Citrus (lemon, lime, grapefruit, lemongrass, citronella)
- Chili pepper
Before using a pet deterrent, consult your veterinarian to make sure the repellent is safe to use and that you are using it correctly.
How to repel dogs from the furniture
There are other kinds of pet deterrents, too, but these sprays focus more so on training the animal rather than giving off a stinky smell. These are often called pet repellents or behavioral correctors. Sometimes these repellents emit air or make a loud noise. While these correctors are efficient at correcting a dog’s “bad” behavior, it’s also important to use them in the moment while the behavior is going on.
So, if a dog jumps on the bed, spraying a pet corrector and saying, “No!” should encourage the dog to get off the bed.
One more important thing to note, pet repellents that emit air or make a loud noise should not be sprayed at a dog or in their face. You can spray it behind your back, and it should still work to deter them. Before using it, consult a veterinarian to make sure it’s safe and that you are using it properly. If pet behavior continues to be a problem, consider hiring a dog trainer.
Best dog repellents for training
This bitter, apple-scented spray is suitable for puppies that are teething, but it also works with dogs of all ages. Besides spraying it on furniture to discourage curious, anxious or bored behaviors, it is also safe to spray directly on a dog if they have a hot spot or tend to chew their hair.
Best suited for use outdoors, this solar-powered repeller works to deter all pests from entering the yard, including raccoons, deer, squirrels and more. It can either be mounted in the ground or hung from a tree or fence, so long as it gets ample sunlight.
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If your dog loves marking their territory indoors, then this spray can put them off so the marking behavior stops. Scented like lemongrass and peppermint, the mixture acts as a natural deterrent and can also be reapplied to areas where a marking already occurred to prevent re-marking in the future.
Suitable for both dogs and cats, this repellent can be used either indoors or outdoors to keep pets or stray animals out of the garden beds. You can also spray garbage bags or cans to dissuade raccoons from approaching the trash. After spraying, the repellent will work anywhere between 12 to 24 hours.
This corrector spray makes a loud hissing sound when pressed and shoots out a bit of air. It’s designed to mimic a swan’s natural warning sound, so it stops dogs in their tracks when they are exhibiting destructive behavior. It comes in a pack of two and can be used in a variety of training situations.
This water-based spray is multifunctional as it can be sprayed on everything from summer itch and wounds to sores, wood and furniture. Additionally, it is safe to apply on top of topical medications as well as bandages. Its unpleasant taste is meant to suppress a dog’s instinct to bother wounds, itches, hot spots and sores.
A pheromone spray, this corrector is most effective when paired with a training noise, like a hiss or clap. It can help with dogs’ pulling the leash, marking, chewing or excessive barking.
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This dog repellent spray is most commonly used on the go to avoid dog attacks. The scent can shoot out up to 10 feet. Since most dogs despise the smell of chili peppers, the main ingredient distracts an aggressive animal, giving the person more time to escape. Recommended uses include carrying it while cycling, running or walking. It’s also popular among kennel staff members and mail carriers.
This anti-chew remedy is safe to use on skin and wounds. While it looks like a sunscreen, it uses a potent mixture of eucalyptus, clove oil, peppermint oil, menthol and lemongrass oil. These ingredients have antimicrobial, anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties for a natural keep-away spray. There is also an alcohol-free version and a bitter apple-scented one.
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With the primary ingredient of citronella, recommendations for use also include interrupting dog attacks and shielding cyclers, walkers or joggers while outdoors. It has a belt clip or can be hung on a key chain. To use, shake it for a few seconds, then unlock it and press the trigger to activate it. Its stream can reach up to 10 feet and can be locked when not in use.
Worth checking out
- For pet parents that do not want to use a spray, the NPS Dog Bark Deterrent Device stops unwanted behaviors like excessive barking with the help of sonic emitters to grab a dog’s attention and correct behavior.
- Rocco and Roxie’s No Chew Spray for Dogs is an alcohol-free formula that relies on copaiba oil — similar in scent and taste to black pepper — to prevent chewing behavior.
To help out with indoor housetraining, Nature’s Miracle Advanced Platinum No More Marking gets its scent from caster, lemongrass and cornmint oil and comes in a 1-gallon bottle that should last a long time.
Designed for outdoor use only, NaturVet Off Limits Pet Training Spray keeps dogs from digging and chewing up outdoor patio furniture.
For a completely different approach, Out! PetCare Go Here Attractant is meant to be used on the areas you want your dog to go; apply it to weewee pads or even outdoors.
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