Our dog has been getting into our trashcan when we leave her alone. What can I do to stop this?
You don't mention how large your dog is or how much she weighs, and that can be a factor in the success of keeping her out of the garbage or trash can. Here are my suggestions: (1) Purchase a sturdy can with a lid that is fastened on and will not fall off if the can turns over. The kind I have must be released by a person to be removed. (2) If possible, keep the can behind closed doors--either inside a kitchen cabinet if it's a small enough can or behind a closed pantry closet door. Just don't leave it out to tempt her. If she's already discovered it's rewarding (to her) to tip over the can and rummage through its contents, it's a whole lot easier to just keep the can away from your dog than to keep your dog away from the can.
It can be difficult sometimes to stop this especially when a dog has realised just what 'nice things' this contains. You can try to cover up the smell of discarded food by using an odour spray or washing the top of the lid with strong smelling cleaning fluid. But a dog's sense of smell is so powerful it's likely that it won't work. The best things is to make sure the trash can is in a place where your dog can't reach it - even it means putting it outside while your out of the house or in a room that the dog can't access.
I agree with both answers listed. We had the same problem with our golden retriever, he would get into both the kitchen and bathroom trash so I bought a lidded container for the bathroom and our kitchen trash is kept in a utility closet. problem solved
Our dog (an Alaskan malamute) recently discovered he is big enough to get into the garbage too. We have a garbage can with a lid and he just noses it off to get into the kitchen garbage and get the goodies! We've been using a baby gate when we leave to block the kitchen entrance and saying 'no' if he gets into the garbage. He seems to be learning very quickly (smart boy!)
Train your dog not to go into the garbage can. When your at home place good things she would want in the trash. when she goes toward the trash just watch her do so. The moment she steps away from the trash give her a treat and say good girl or boy in an excited voice. if she approaches the can in any way give her no attention or treats at all. the moment she steps away treat her again. she'll eventually learn it's good not to go to the trash. be patient.
I must say, if that is your puppy in the photos, she is darling! I would put the can up on the counter when you leave so it is inaccessible. The other answers seem very useful as well! You also might want to gate her in an area that is not near the kitchen when you leave also. I would certainly work on training her when you are home. That would be the most logical long-term answer. Good luck!
We once heard a clatter in the middle of the night, worried, we went downstairs ready to fend off burglars. However, we found our black lab with the bin lid round her head licking her lips rather guiltily. She will find a way no matter what do so we would remove the bin or the dog out of the same room. It's a simple measure, dogs will be dogs.
We keep all of our trash containers under the sink in the kitchen and bathrooms. I have found that dogs are sneaky and it is best not to tempt them in the first place.
I would set the darn thing outside when you leave.
Unless, of course, it jumps fences...?
Hide your trash and give your dog something durable to chew on and play with such as a Kong.
Be sure the lid is on super tight, or put something on top of te lid. I would think this would help to keep your dog out.
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