How to Stop Your Dog from Digging Through the Trash!
30 August, 2017
dog digging thru trash

A lot of our dogs (and even some cats) love to dig through the garbage. We turn our backs only to find our dogs rummaging through the kitchen trash can.  It’s important to train our dogs early in their lives to avoid the garbage can so they don’t think it is an extension of their food dish.  And, of course, it could be dangerous if your dog eats something he shouldn’t from the trash can.

Below are some tips to help you stop this behavior:

The easiest way to stop your dog from digging in the trash can is to empty it often!

While training your dog not to dig in the trash can, make sure it’s empty.  When you’re gone, if your dog keeps attempting to go in there and it’s empty, he’ll get bored and move onto something else.

When you’re home, keep an eye on your dog when he’s near the trash can.

When your dog heads to the garbage can, try clapping your hands or even just a loud “no” will do. The loud or unsettling noise will stop your dog from misbehaving. When you have your dog’s attention, show him a dog toy and let him take it in his mouth to play with it. With consistent reinforcement, he’ll stop going in the trash and towards the toy that you have left for him or her. As always, praise your dog for doing the right thing…grabbing the toy.

Make sure that your dog is being fed enough and isn’t hungry

Sometimes your dog will scour the trash simply because he’s hungry.  Try to feed your dog several small meals throughout the day so he’s not hungry and tempted to go looking for food in the trash.

Spray a non-toxic repellant on your trash can

Try spraying a non-toxic dog repellent around the trash bag. Your pup will dislike the smell of the repellent and will stay away.   Or try sprinkling some baking soda on top of the trash in the can. When your dog tastes the baking soda, he’ll instantly stop eating the trash and will probably run the other way.  You need to only put a small amount to get this effect and a little baking soda won’t hurt him!

Make sure to provide your dog with activities and stimulation away from the kitchen.

Provide your dog with a daily dose of exercise and mental stimulation.  Your dog could be gravitating towards the trash can out of boredom.  Take your dog on walks and play games with him, such as tug-of-war and fetch. Let him run enough so he burns energy and tires himself out and is less likely to dig through the trash as he is too pooped to care.  Leave toys out to keep your dog occupied.

Block your dog’s access to the trash can

To make it really easy, just block your dog’s access to the trash can. Place the trash can up high where your dog can’t reach it or put it in a cabinet secured with a child-safety lock. Set a heavy metal lid that you dog can’t open or block the entrance to the room with the trash can with a baby gate.

As always, it takes a little time and patience, but you can get your dog to stop digging through the trash can.

Like this article, then you will want to read : how to stop your dog from destroying the living room!

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