Originally Posted by RoutineAvocado
Zelda is almost 6 months old and does great in the downstairs level of our house, except for one thing: the rug corners are so fun for her to chew on. They're fairly cheap but they protect our wood floor from chairs and stools so we have been consistently spraying them with bitter apple and offering her an alternate chew-appropriate thing. This deters for her about a day, then doesn't bother her the next day after it dried. I thought she would stop trying eventually, but after a summer of this, she still tests them at some point every single day and it's getting really old. Is it time to just give up and put away the rugs until she's older? If so, any thoughts on when she might be able to handle it? I'm certainly also open to other solutions that don't involve getting rid of the rugs!
(Zelda is never unsupervised with the rugs - she is confined to her pen when we're not home.)
Kodi was TERRIBLE about chewing the fringe on our rugs, and they are NOT inexpensive ones... they are all orientals. He laughed at bitter apple spray. It only kept him away until it was dry... sometimes.
The soultion I finally came up with that worked was very, very, VERY HOT hot sauce.
Obviously, you can't put this directly on the rugs without staining them, but I cut thin strips of cloth, pinned those to the edges where ever he tried chewing and put the hot sauce on the strips of cloth. We also coated all electric wires with hot sauce since, for a while, he was going after those too. He got some in his mouth ONCE, and he did cry... you could tell it hurt, but far better that than electrocuting himself on a wire!!!
After he had tasted it ONCE he left anything COMPLETELY alone that he smelled hot sauce on. Our house looked kind of funny for a while, with these strips of cloth pinned onto rugs and throw pillows (anything with fringe in Kodi's case!) but it completely solved the problem, and after he had left them alone for a while, I was able to remove the strips and he continued to leave them be.