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I did some searching on this site with little result so I will post my question here. What can be done to discourage puppies from eating house plants? Raleigh is a little over 3 month old now and has developed the habit of shredding leaves off our large house plants. She knows this is wrong but seems compelled to do it anyway? I've read about using diluted vinegar or bitter apple on the plants but have not tried that yet. Does anyone have any other methods?

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ooo good question!  Dakota did the same thing with my vegetable plants in the summer, it drove me NUTS!  I sorta wonder if it's just a puppy fascination that they'll grow out of?  At least I'm hoping...I'd like to be able to actually harvest a green pepper or two next summer instead of just growing a bunch of chew toys :p 

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We had 2 Yucca Canes that have been destroyed... and our hedges out front, and the fake Christmas tree!

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I tried the spray bottle for the first time last night. Everytime she tried to go near the plant I sprayed her face with water and said, "No plant." She looked at me like she thought I was nuts... but she didn't touch the plant. I'm going to use the pennies in a can too.

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Water bottles that spray a thin stream are excellent for discouraging plant eating.  Ziva used to shred the rubber tree leaves when she was 3 - 4 months old, and that's how we got her to leave it alone.

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Sweetpea, were you growing the green bell peppers? Leo must have developed a taste for them! I would find them throughout the yard with pieces actually missing. He's a good boy and eats what he takes, part of it anyway! Except the the tomatoes, just picked and spit them out. Seemed to get mostly green ones, I guess a green tomato nag green bell look similar to a young gardener :)

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Speaking of plants a heads up for those who may not know that houseplants and landscaping plants, shrubs, can be poisonous. Also the poison may be in leaves, roots, blooms, bark. Good idea to identify what is on your property and check out each one

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Sounds like you found something to help!  I don't keep house plants because I don't need something to get knocked over or eaten.  :)  Just years of dog and cat owning and not everyone having manners as they are in and out of my house, I have given up on having green things.

If you think she's doing it when you aren't looking, you could try some bitter apple spray on the leave she can eat.  This is a so-so solution, some dogs I have found love the taste.. lol. 

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What does pennies in a can do?  Do you shake it when she goes in to chew the leaves?  Let us know how it goes with the spray bottle, if it works I'll have to try it in the spring! 

Bbroyles, I never thought a dog would be so into vegetables but she loves green peppers and ate my green tomatoes too!  Also ate all the leaves off my blueberry bush :p 

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Sofia would rather sleep in the Nasturtiums than eat them..

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Hi!

I am getting 11 week old puppy tomorrow, and in another month or so I will be starting to plant my vegetable garden in back yard. Should I even bother?

Or maybe plant it for training purposes?