One of the biggest problems of having dogs in the house, or even cats for that matter, is how to keep them from getting in the trash, in other words finding a dog proof trash can. As we all know there aren’t too many things that can ruin yourDog Trash Mess day faster than finding that your dog has been in the garbage. And if you have ever noticed it’s always when it’s full of the nastiest, grossest and smelliest leftovers ever. If you have walked into a trash scattered scene one too many times and are bound and determined that it will never happen you’ve come to the right place. Outlined below is just about every way possible of keeping your dogs out of the trash.

Contents at a Glance

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Dogs Get in the Trash

Training Your Dog to Stay Out Of the Trash

Strategic Places and Ways to Keep Your Trash Can Out of Reach

Finding The Right Trash Can

Why You Shouldn’t Let Your Dogs Get in the Trash

Eating Trash is Unhealthy for Your Dog Before we get into how to keep your dog out of the trash lets discuss why this is such a serious problem. Besides the fact that you have to clean up a nasty mess, letting your dog in the trash can very dangerous to his/her health. Just think of all the things that we throw away that if swallowed could hurt your dog or even worse. Plastic, glass, chemicals and other poisons, medicine bottles, bones and who knows what else are all potential dangers to your four legged friend. Any number of things could be choked on, perforate an intestine or even result in an obstructed bowl. All of which could result in death or at the very least an expensive emergency surgery, in either case not a very good situation for Rover.

For these very reasons you should always keep a list of emergency number handy for the unexpected. In your list include numbers to your vet, the closest 24 hour emergency clinic and the ASPCA animal control center (888) 426-4435.

Training Your Dog to Stay Out Of the Trash

Look around the internet very long and you can find all kinds of ways people try to train their dogs and other pets to stay out of the trash. Some of them are a little strange and not really practical like using hot sauce, vinegar, Bengay or some other smelly revolting concoction in an attempt to make a dog proof trash can. Other people try to set booby traps using mouse traps and other crazy things. But not everything is crazy and there are some very effective ways of actually training your dog to stay out of the trash.

First thing to keep in mind is you can’t get onto them after the fact, you must catch them in the act or they just don’t understand. Yelling only makes them lose respect and fear you so next time they get in the trash when you’re not there try ignoring them for a while. Now if you catch them in the act first try no, no, bad boy/girl. If that doesn’t work try slapping your hands together or other discouragement tactics you typically use. Some people even use shock collars with good results. Simply put on the collar then pretend to leave the house. Watch through a window when the dog starts to get in the trash give them a little shock. It shouldn’t take too many times to cure the curiosity. Now it’s completely understandable if this isn’t something you are willing to do but it can be effective.

If you still aren’t having any luck you can try some of the strategic places or pick a dog proof trash can from the list below.

Strategic Places and Ways to Keep Your Trash Can Out of Reach

Keeping the trash in a location that the dog can’t get to might be the most obvious and inexpensive way to solve the problem. Places like a closet, pantry or in an attached garage. Doing this can be inconvenient though and ineffective if someone doesn’t get a door shut tight. An alternative is using a baby gate in the doorway which can fix the situation as well. As far as the inconvenience issue some people will keep a small lockable dog proof trash can around, when it gets full dump it into the bigger can stored in one of the previously mentioned locations.

Under Cabinet Trash CanAnother option is to put the trash can inside a kitchen cabinet you can even buy kits like the one pictured that allows the can to slide out for easy access. This usually works very well for most dogs but for those sneaky pooches that figure out how to open the cabinet you can use a good magnetic cabinet lock like the Tot Lock to keep them out. Even then some animals might start scratching at the cabinet and damage the door. Also if you live in an apartment or rent your home you will probably want to ask your land lord before installing the cabinet trash can slide.

One last option is to just put your dog in a crate at night and every time you leave the house but many people do no like to do this either.

Finding The Best Dog Proof Trash Can

Despite what some people might say you can find a dog proof trash can. You just have to take a few things into consideration before running out and buying the first thing you come across. The first consideration being the size of your dog, for example if you have a small dog that likes to knock over the trash can to get in it there are many options. A few of which may not even require buying a new trash can. For one you can attach the trash can to the wall or the side of a cabinet using a strap and few screws or screw a hook and eye bolt  to the can and the wall.  Or you can make the trash can too heavy for the dog to knock over by putting some heavy bricks in the bottom of the can.

Another option is to buy and mount a few latches so that the lid will not come off like in this video on making your own DIY dog proof trash can.

Now if you have a bigger dog that is as tall as the trash can then you have a whole other set of problems most of which can be cured with a tight locking or heavy lidded trash can. Once your dog starts getting into the trash you are pretty much fighting a losing battle that is unless you buy or make a dog proof trash can. Now very rarely does one single product make everyone happy so we have picked trash cans that have worked for other people with dog in the trash problems.

Simplehuman Steel Bar Brushed Stainless Steel Step Trash Can

Simplehuman Steel Bar Brushed Stainless Steel Step Trash CanDog Proof and Toddler Proof

Built in Charcoal Filter that Absorbs Odors (Helps Take Temptation Away)

Fingerprint Proof

Heavy Enough to Keep Dogs and Other Pets From Tipping Over

Cadillac of Trash Cans

 

Rubbermaid Commercial Steel 24 Gallon The Defenders Step Waste Can with Plastic Liner

Rubbermaid Commercial Steel 24 Gallon The Defenders Step Waste CanMade of Galvanized Steel with a Powder Coated Finish

Comes with a Plastic Liner

Heavy Enough to Keep Dogs/Cats From Tipping Over

 

 

 

Simplehuman 12 .5 Gallon Fingerprint-Proof Brushed Stainless Steel Butterfly Step Trash Can

Dog Proof Trash CanDog Proof and Toddler Proof

Fingerprint Proof Stainless Steel

Silent Tight Closing Lid

Full Trash Bags Remove Easily

Easy to Clean

Heavy Enough to Keep Dogs/Cats From Tipping Over

Space Saving Butterfly Lid

All Steel Pedal

 

Simplehuman 13-Gallon Semi-Round Step Trash Can

Dog Proof Trash CanDog Proof

Tight Locking Lid

Light Weight

Fits Regular Tall Trash Bags Perfectly

Trash Removes Easily

Looks Great! (Not cheap like some plastic trash cans)

Silent Closing Lid

 

Rubbermaid 32-Gallon Animal Stopper Round Trash Can

Rubbermaid 32-Gallon Animal Stopper Round Trash CanDog Proof and Pest Proof

Light Weight

Great for Outdoor Use or In the Garage

32 Gallons

Handles for Easy Transport

 

 

Behrens 1211K Trash Can with Lid, 20-Gallon

Behrens 1211K Trash Can with Lid, 20-GallonDog and Rodent Proof

Durable All Metal Trash Can that Won’t Rust

Can Be Used For Trash, Yard Waste or Storing Dog Food

 

BrylaneHome Country Kitchen Trash Bin

BrylaneHome Country Kitchen Trash BinNice Country Look

All Wood

Fits 13 Gallon Trash Bags

Hinged Lid

Heavy Enough to Keep Dogs/Cats From Tipping Over

 


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