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cayenne pepper dog repellent

Joann M. asks, “Is it harmful to make a paste of cayenne pepper and apply it to chair legs as a dog repellent?”

We understand that puppy teething can be a challenge. Although cayenne pepper may not be harmful to your puppy if swallowed, it may cause irritation to his eyes if he accidentally rubs them on the furniture or his paws after touching the paste.

Try making the areas with enticing furniture off-limits to your puppy and supervising him closely when he’s not confined to a puppy-proofed space. If you notice that he is chewing on something he shouldn’t be chewing on, the best option is to remove him from the area and give him something appropriate to chew on instead. Make sure to have plenty of safe chews and toys on hand to help prevent boredom and keep your furniture safe.


Our dogs are cherished members of the family, sharing our lives and providing unconditional love. But dog owners know that our canine partners have different perspectives on life than we do.

If you have ever asked, “Why does my dog do that?” then this feature is for you. The AKC GoodDog! Helpline training team will answer your questions about dog behavior and offer training advice to help you and your pup have the best relationship possible. The AKC GoodDog! Helpline is a seven-day-a-week telephone support service staffed by professional dog trainers. For more information on the service, go to www.akcgooddoghelpline.org.

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