How do I keep my dogs from eating rubber mulch?

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My two cockers absolutely LOVE the rubber mulch I use in my flower beds. They chew on it like bubble gum! Drives me crazy. I was using pine bark (which they also chewed on) but I was afraid of the splinters which is why I switched to the rubber mulch. So far, they have not had any problems with eating it, but I still worry. Yes, I provide them chew toys but they just prefer the mulch. Is there anything I can put on the mulch to deter them?

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  • Amanda Amanda on May 01, 2019

    Cayenne pepper deters a lot of animals and pests. The smell can be enough to keep them away (nose irritant) but if they do happen to get a taste, they likely won't want to do it again.

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    • Sharon Sharon on May 01, 2019

      Thanks Amanda. I had thought about sprinkling something on the mulch but had no idea what to use. I presume the cayenne would not be harmful to my plants???

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 01, 2019

    Hello. By any chance, Do you have an invisible fence? If you do you might be able to purchase a remote training collar to train your dog not to eat rubber much using the tone only button or even a mild level stimulation signal.


    We had problems with dog urine devastating the green grassy turf. When the human leash training and otc urine ph supplement and other recommendations failed-We resorted to a remote training collar to train our dogs over the last 17+ years. This collar is exactly the same principle as our existing invisible fence, but you can resort to a tone only button initiation to keep the dog away from an area you’re trying to protect. There are two different zap modes of nick and shock that you initiate and regulate by a intensity dial. Its the same type of collars hunting dogs use.

    I do realize these Remote training collars are not for all people but if you using invisible type fence already- it’s likely a great option. My dogs were trained to pee and in mulched area and our grass has been great the last 17years.

    After training they don't need to wear the collar.

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    • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on May 01, 2019

      I hope you figure out the perfect solution situation Sharon.


      Its a possibility unknown to me -that select homeowners grade training collars only tone or give a slight vibration now.

      My remote collar technology is many years old- the technology hunters use they have different feet to a mile radius for example-I can recall my dog if he swims to far from shoreline swimming after ducks.


      The other idea is to consider providing the alternative appealing chew toy to keep them busy while exposed to the mulch. Do you have a kong? Stuffing it will low fat yogurt frozen inside is quite a treat and the kong can give them something rubbery thats approved to mouth and chomp on. Best wishes!

  • Paul Bearpawstudio Paul Bearpawstudio on Nov 10, 2019

    did the pepper work. My 8 month old lab is exactly the same loves it like bubble gum!!!!

    Ive used vinegar. lemon juice. Nothing is working.....

  • Sharon Sharon on Nov 10, 2019

    The truth is...NOTHING works. My girls are now five and extremely healthy. Apparently it is not harmful. So, I still do my best to deter them but they still eat it.

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