Chew off!

French Property News - - Joie De Vivre -

it were sticks and things she found but, de­spite reg­u­larly been told off (and be­ing given mar­row bones), she will in­sist on chew­ing the lower branches of some gar­den shrubs and, most re­cently, the lips of wooden bar­rels in which we have plants… Have you a so­lu­tion? Alis­tair Hy­land

I do have a so­lu­tion – and it con­tains cit­ronella and eu­ca­lyp­tus oil! I’ve never had the prob­lem with any of my dogs but, by to­tal co­in­ci­dence, a friend has re­cently been in ex­actly the same sit­u­a­tion as you.

I’m not say­ing it will nec­es­sar­ily work, but she reme­died her par­tic­u­lar sit­u­a­tion by adding a few drops of eu­ca­lyp­tus oil to a pro­pri­etary cit­ronella spray she uses on her horses in or­der to keep flies and in­sects away from them in the sum­mer. She then sprayed the mix­ture wher­ever her dog (a Brit­tany spaniel) had pre­vi­ously chewed. Ei­ther the smell or the taste seemed to break the habit… for the mo­ment at least!

Some dogs are just nat­u­ral wood­carvers

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