A garden hose?, lol I havent had one try that yet! Any inappropriate chewing we generally handle this way: -Never leave them unattended, if I cant be within eye, a peak around the corner, I crate them (this is pups who are still learning the rules) once they are older and understan whats appropriate, I only crate when I'm not home. -Offer an acceptable alternative when they are busted with the wtong item. Tell them no, then hand them a proper toy, praiseing the daylights out of them when they take it! It helps them to distinguish what you want them to do as opposed to what upset you. -Anytime they are caught with something, I also use the drop it command, when they respond properly, a treat is right there for them.
Labrador retrievers are notorious chewers. At 9 months, mine still will try to chew on things that she shouldn't chew on.
Is bitter apple an effective product to prevent a puppy from chewing on anything? We need something temporarily to prevent her from chewing at the drip sprinkler hoses and perhaps even the irrigation sprinkler heads in the backyard. The hoses will gradually get covered over by either bark mulch or gravel rocks. Right now there is no problem since with the new landscaping, we're putting a leash on her when taking her out back. In a week or so, we want her to be able to roam out back without a leash like she's used to. It's going to be hard on her having to be crated again when we're away. We haven't crated her in several months.
Yes the garden hose is out of reach in the front yard. And yes, I already know from experience leaving one by mistake in the backyard for her. She already destroyed one just recently.
We hardly get any rain in Nevada. That's why we decided to have a irrigation sprinkler system with pop ups for the new sod and also drip sprinkler hoses for the garden, etc. Will bitter apple or tabasco sauce prevent her temporarily from destroying anything? Perhaps, fencing her off to her own area in the backyard just might be the answer.