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Hot or Not? Using Hot Sauce to train your pet.

Hot or Not? Using Hot Sauce to train your pet.

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We've been asked several times if you can use hot sauce to train your pet - would this work and is it wise?

Animals can react to Capsaicin, which is the compound responsible for the spicy sensation in chili peppers. Capsaicin works by activating the TRPV1 receptor, which is found in many different species of animals, including humans. When activated by capsaicin, the TRPV1 receptor sends a signal to the brain that produces the sensation of heat or pain.

While many animals are able to detect and react to capsaicin, their reactions may vary depending on the species and their individual sensitivity. For example, some birds are actually attracted to the spicy taste of capsaicin and will eat chili peppers as part of their natural diet. However, other animals, such as dogs and cats, may have a negative reaction to capsaicin and may experience discomfort or pain if exposed to it.

Infact chilli casuing distress to animal can in fact lead to behavioral and health problems. Animal welfare experts do not recommend this method and suggest positive reinforcement techniques instead. Additionally, certain ingredients in hot sauces can be toxic to pets, such as onions and garlic, which can cause anemia in dogs and cats. It's important to prioritize the well-being and safety of our furry friends and seek professional help for any training needs.

SO PLEASE: No don't use hot sauce on animals!