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Old 05-11-2009, 10:44 PM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Our 7 month old lab has discovered something new lately.. The trash can! Every time I leave the room, even for a few minutes, he gets in the garbage. He is pulling stuff out and eating it.. Wrappers, chicken bones, hair! The trash has a lid but he still gets in it and I can't take it anymore. And he isn't hungry, he has dog food.

What do I do!?
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Old 05-11-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Denver 'burbs
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Put the trashcan up where he can't reach it. With all that is in a kitchen trash can (ie chicken bones!), it could be very dangerous for him. We have a trashcan with a lid but had a dog that could open the lid so we would have to put the trashcan on the kitchen counter every time we left. That and close all the bathroom/bedroom doors. Better safe than sorry.

ETA: if he does this while you are home. Try this - appear to leave the room but hide where you can see him. Wait patiently for him to get into the trash. The moment he opens the lid blast an air horn. Should scare the wits out of him. Repeat as necessary. Make sure he relates that awful sound to getting into the trash.
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Old 05-11-2009, 11:14 PM
 
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My trash can is in a pull-out cabinet with a child lock. See Under: Adopted10-year-old beagle.
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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I keep stuff in a palstic bag in the sink for a while but put it outside in the big garbage can frequently. I have a counter surfer and I have to keep really attractive stuff on top of the fridge.
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Old 05-12-2009, 07:49 AM
 
Location: California
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That is just it...a habit! He found it and he likes the idea of rumaging thru it all...which as stated above, could be dangerous to his health. Only way is to remove the temptation. IE in cabinet or pantry. We have a trash drawer that was built for a 13 gal can. Out of sight...out of mind will work for your guy at least until he grows out of the stage (and onto others!)
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:27 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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give him one or two of those kongs that you stuff goodies into and make sure he has other things to keep his mind busy. What's that saying...about "busy paws are happy paws"???
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Where I want to be!
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My Aussie went through this same thing so I bought a metal can with a lid, you have to step on the pedal to open. All was well for several days, when I noticed he would watch me everytime I would go to the trash can so I started pointing the finger and saying no. Fast forward a week, sitting in the den and I heard this bump, bump noise, he was in there stepping on the pedal and getting whacked in the head by the lid. Now very rarely does he mess with it.
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Old 05-12-2009, 08:46 AM
 
Location: Hot Springs, Arkansas
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That's cute!! Scared himself straight!!!
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Old 05-12-2009, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Gilbert, AZ
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Thanks for all your suggestions everyone! I don't want to have to put the garbage up on the counter.. but I like the idea of putting it in a cabinet (we will just have to get a little bit smaller trash can) or getting a metal one with a foot pedal that opens the lid. Hopefully one of these works! I just need to go to the store now..
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Old 05-12-2009, 12:21 PM
 
Location: friendswood texas
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My puppy does the same thing. We ended up keeping the trash can in our garage(it's attached). We do a grocery sack in the sink for scraps and garbage from cooking and then it immediately goes into the can in the garage.

Good luck.
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