My young (6 months) female Shiba Inu keeps gnawing on our antique wood roof posts.

They are a few centuries old, and therefore splinter easily - which I guess is half the fun for her.

We've tried sprays for furniture but it didn't work. Neither has wrapping the posts with cling film (Saran wrap).

We are considering brushing a chili powder concoction on the posts.

Does anyone have advice?

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    A spray like bitter apple did not work? Since the post are porous you may need to use a lot.
    – paparazzo
    Mar 28 '16 at 14:24

You have not had any answers so here is an idea.

Take a light packing foam. Not the bubble stuff - a light foam. You could even use newspaper. Soak it in a bitter apple or chili powder or ... and wrap some legs.

Brush chili powder also seems like a good idea.


Use plain old water in a clean spray bottle, and spritz when you catch the pup in the act.

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    Could you please elaborate on your answer? How can this approach solve OP's issues?
    – Just Do It
    Apr 1 '16 at 21:18
  • Instead of covering the furniture, I suggest gently correcting the dog's behavior. Most dogs do not like being spritzed with water, so when you see the dog gnawing, give it a quick spritz. Eventually the dog will realize it's boundaries. If not, then you may need to consider ways to protect the furniture, but give the water spritzer a go first. Apr 2 '16 at 23:32

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