Tips for Bad Dog Behaviors – Getting into Garbage

Posted on May 13, 2015 under Dog Training and Behavior

A beagle puppy protected with Pets Best Pet Insurance gets into the garbage can.

By Arden Moore, a certified dog and cat behaviorist with the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants. Arden is an author, radio host, and writer for Pets Best Pet Insurance, a dog insurance and cat insurance agency.

Dogs are not born with owner’s manuals. Sometimes they have naughty behaviors and they rely on us to teach them what is acceptable and what is not. Let’s discuss your dog’s desire to get into the garbage and some solutions to help curb this behavior.

Problem – Getting into the Garbage Can. As disgusting as it may seem to you, some dogs find “leftovers” in the trash can to be deliciously irresistible. But the contents may cause digestive upset and diarrhea in your dog or be toxic, such as chocolate or household cleaning materials.

Solution. If possible, relocate the trash can inside a space with a door that can close. For example in the kitchen, place the garbage can in the pantry or under the kitchen sink and place childproof latches on the door handles. Also, make the trash can less beckoning by spraying dog repellent in it and sprinkling baking soda (a taste most dogs detest). Finally, invest in a trash can with a sturdy, strong lid your dog can not pry open.

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