You walk in and see garbage on the floor, stains on the carpet and your doggie happily chewing away on something unknown. Immediately you realize it’s happened again, that mutt has gotten in the kitchen garbage. As furious as you are you know it does no good to take it out on the dog because you’ve tried that the 5 times before this. But you have decided this will be the last time this ever happens. So what do you do? That’s what you’re about to find out….just keep reading. And if you’re a little upset still here’s something that might put a smile on your face.
Dangers of Dogs Eating Trash
First just an FYI…your four legged friend getting in the garbage isn’t just an inconvenience to you it’s a potential danger to your pooch, even to the point of being life threatening. Just think of all the things you throw away that you would never want them eating. Not only could the they be poisoned it could perforate an intestine, get choked or eat something that causes an obstructed bowel. I don’t know about you but I would never want to put my pup through something like that. Or as bad as it might sound pay for a surgery that could have been easily prevented.
Just like you would with kids it’s a good idea to have emergency numbers on hand for your doggies too. Actually since most people always have their phone close you might consider getting the ASPCA animal poison control center app. Which has many great features including a 24/7/365 hotline number to put you in touch with specially trained veterinary staff and toxicologists.
Now that we got that out of the way let’s look at a few things we can do to prevent garbage from getting eaten in the first place.
First Things First Try Prevention & Training
The first thing most trainers will tell you is to keep your dog well fed. A hungry dog is more likely to be drawn to the smells of table scraps and food containers in the garbage than a full dog. So try feeding your pup more frequent smaller means.
Also keep your dog in close proximity and occupied especially when they are young. A bored puppy is a bad puppy and a tired puppy is a good puppy. So make sure they are getting plenty of exercise and have plenty of toys to play with. And don’t leave them unattended even for a minute. If you have to leave or go to the bathroom or whatever either take them with you, tie them out or put them in their crate. And if you don’t have a crate get one! You can thank me later.
In combination of these things training is also important. If you catch your dog even smelling at the trashcan clap your hands and loudly say “no”. Then walk over and physically remove the dog away from the area. If this doesn’t work you can even use a deterrent like bitter apple spray on the trash can which will leave a nasty taste in Fido’s mouth.
Now if you have tried all of this with no success all hope is not lost. We still have a few tricks up our sleeve.
Keeping The Garbage Out Of Reach
One of the easiest ways to keep your dog out of the trash is to remove the trash from the equation. And this goes for other pets such as cats too! Simply put the container in a location they can’t get to. A couple good examples are a closet or in a cabinet under that sink. There are even mountable cabinet slide outs you can get for easy access. You can also put it in another room like the utility room that’s protected by a closed door or a gate. And if you have a garage attached to the kitchen putting it out there is a good option as well.
Removal is a no fail option but it can be less than convenient which leaves us with one more option.
A Locking Dog Proof Trash Can
Now this option it’s necessarily fail proof but a lot of people have had a lot of luck using it. The main pit fall with getting a specialized garbage can is most so called dog proof trash cans are very dependent on the type of dog you have. So here are a few things to keep in mind.
- Heavier trash cans are harder to knock over which is usually the first step your pet will use to get into the trash. So if you have a big dog you will probably want to go with a metal or wooden bin. Or some people will place something heavy in the bottom of the can to give it weight.
- Consider getting a trash bin that hides the trash bag completely. Many times dogs will pull on the edge of the bag to tip the can over.
- No matter what type of can you get try to place it in a location that is between other objects. For example in between the fridge and a cabinet.
- Consider mounting the can to the floor or wall again to keep it from getting turned over. Especially if you have tried other pet proof garbage cans in the past.
With that said here are some of the most popular trash cans people seem to have luck with. It would be advised to read over some of the reviews before purchasing to see if anyone has had any problems with the kind of dog you may have. Good luck and if you found this article helpful please do me the favor of sharing it. Or if you have any helpful suggestions feel free to leave a comment below. Thanks in advance!