How do you brake a dog from getting into the trash can?

Asked by Member 707103 on Feb 23rd 2011 in Other Behavior & Training
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Bruno CGC

Solution 1. Stop leaving the trash where she can get it! Put it in the garage, under the sink, or buy a can with a tight-fitting lid. This is probably the most effective solution.

2. Try to catch her in the act and scare her out of garbage digging. Use a squirt bottle or bang pots and pans at her. This can backfire, though, and make her only do it when you're not around.

3. Booby traps. Upside-down mousetraps on the can lid that snap at her may be enough to scare her out of the habit forever.

Also, consider, WHY is the dog getting into the trash? Is she bored and understimulated? Is she left alone for many hours each day? Is she allowed to roam the house freely when you're not home? "Bad" behaviors such as trash digging, barking, chewing, etc can be rooted in the REAL problem that your dog is bored and needs more exercise and stimulation.

Bruno CGC answered on 2/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


I agree with the previous poster. The easiest solution is usually just to move the garbage to a place the dog can't reach it, or put up barriers so the dog can't get to where the garbage can is. Something as enticing as a can full of garbage is going to be really hard to train a dog from getting into, especially if the dog has opportunities to get into it when there are no people around.

But it is possible. Try looking up the "leave it" command and finding ways to teach that. Then apply the "leave it" to the garbage can. And if you're going to leave the dog alone with the garbage can, you will need to find something the dog likes better than getting into the garbage can, and leave that for the dog to do instead.

The aversion techniques (loud noises, water sprays, etc.) can be successful sometimes, but they do not work for my stubborn, determined dog. I found it much easier to buy a can that seals tightly, and a gate to keep him out of that room.

Zack answered on 2/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


at first get a trash can with alid to prevent trash acsess befor traing or on a break. first find a treat or a toy that your dog likes. then take off the lide. find a way to block stairs and to other rooms. then wait till he gets into the trash and say bad boy (or girl) and offer him the treat. when he takes his head out of the trash and take the treat then say good boy (or girl)

Stumpy answered on 2/23/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer


Put somethign on top of the trash can that will make alot of noise but not break when it is starting to be tipped over. I tryed this and it will scare the dog when it falls and also allerts you to something is going on.

Dunkin answered on 2/24/11. Helpful? Yes/Helpful: No 0 Report this answer