Best Dog Proof Trash Cans & Tips For Keeping Your Dog Out Of The Garbage

Dog trash — it’s the trash you have to clean up after you find that your dog has raided the garbage can!


Have you had to deal with any dog trash lately?

Maybe your dog simply loves to eat items from the trash.

Or maybe your dog makes a game of secretly stealing things from the garbage can in your house when you’re not looking.

This is definitely risky behavior, as your dog could unknowingly swallow something dangerous — like  chicken bones, broken glass, raw spoiled meat, and other poisonous items often found in trash cans.

Sometimes, it’s difficult to out-wit a smart dog that is determined to get into the garbage one way or another.


Following are the best dog-proof trash cans, plus tips for keeping your dog out of the trash can once and for all!…


Your #1 priority should be to keep the trash can securely out of the reach of your dog.

A dog’s desire to get to food that they can smell is instinctual, so it’s up to us as dog owners to prevent their access to the garbage.


Some Places To Keep The Trash Can:

  • In a closet or pantry that has a full-size door
  • In the garage — where the dog doesn’t have access

One thing’s for sure, when you have a bound and determined dog who is likely to try everything in his power to get into the trash, you definitely have to take extra measures to protect your dog (and your house… from the mess).

Usually, this inconveniences the dog owner and and family members at the same time, but you want your dog to be safe right? And you don’t come home to find garbage strewn all over the house, right?

If you don’t have a convenient place to store the trash can that you currently own, then consider buying a smaller garbage can that would fit into smaller spaces — where it would be out of the reach of your dog. Yes, you’ll have to empty it more often, but your dog will be safe, and your house won’t be a mess anymore!



If none of the above options works for you, then it’s time to purchase a pet-proof trash can.

This video shows a dog that is used to getting into the trash can stored in the cabinet under the kitchen sink. (You can tell, because he keeps licking his lips.) The $2.99 child locks kept him out!


Metal Dog-Proof Trash Cans

A basic metal trash can that you have to step on a pedal to open works well for many dog owners — because dogs simply can’t maneuver the pedal with their paws.


Just make sure you get one that’s large and heavy enough so your dog can’t tip it over. Then again, if you happen to have a very large and very determined dog, then the size of the trash can matters very little.

Two downsides to the basic pedal-style trash cans:

  • If the trash can is overly full, the dog could get access to whatever is near the top, since the lid won’t properly close.
  • If the lid just rests loosely atop the can, then a simple push of the can itself could cause the lid to become ajar and/or fall off the can altogether.

One metal trash can that comes with a few extra security measures is the SimpleHuman trash can with butterfly doors.

It can also be bolted to the wall!

In addition to the reviews found below the product description, here’s a review from a dog owner.


Other Dog-Proof Trash Cans

Most durable metal trash cans that are pet-proof are going to be in the $100 price range. This is a reasonable price for a large metal trash can, but there are cheaper garbage cans you can find that are pet-proof as well.


Animal Proof Trash Cans

For repeat offenders who can’t keep their noses out of the garbage, a trash can that’s been specially designed to be animal-proof may be in order.

If you have an outdoor dog and/or occasionally find that neighborhood dogs or wildlife have been in your trash, consider these large animal-proof garbage cans:

If you want something that would look a little nicer inside your home, consider an indoor/outdoor trash can with pressure locking lid:


A Word About Trash Cans With Motion-Sensor Lids

nine-stars-motion-sensor-trash-canWe have this 13-gallon stainless steel motion sensor trash can that sits in the corner of our kitchen. We absolutely LOVE it. (It came with a second small motion-sensor trash can that I use as a place to keep store receipts and warranties until I find the time to shred or file them.)

It works for us, but I doubt it would work for most dog owners because even the simple motion of a dog’s nose passing near it can trigger the lid to open.

In our case, the first time it happened our large 90 lb dog actually became scared of this new “trash can with a mind of its own” and won’t walk within 5 feet of it now. However… most dogs would likely see a motion-sensor trash can lid more as a challenge, than as something to be feared.

My other favorite is the Stainless Steel Touchless Trash Can with 2 Compartments (great for recycling).


Extreme Measures & Unusual Deterrents

If your dog is a repeat offender, continuing to raid the trash can despite everything you’ve tried, then you might want to try some of these dog-friendly deterrents to keep your dog out of the garbage.

I have not personally tried any of these, and some of the solutions that you’ll find mixed in here should be done with caution.

One thing’s for sure… all of these won’t work for all dogs, so you’ll need to experiment until you find what works best for your dog.

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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  • Jbltrupp

    I have a labradoodle that I can’t seem to outsmart. She get’s into the trash no matter what. I bought trash cans with foot pedals. that made it easy for her. She uses her paw on the pedal and opens the trash right up. Also, placed a child proof lock on the kitchen trash which slides out and she figured out how to work the child proof lock by pulling the drawer out slightly till the lock catchs, then pushing the lock in with her nose.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Wow! Smart dog 😀  Have you tried putting the trash can behind a door? Either a cabinet (like under the sink with a child-proof lock) or a pantry door…

  • Guest

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much!!!! I will be marrying my FI next year and I have been desperate to find something that will keep her out of the trash. She goes into any and all trash cans. She is VERY determined!! So much so that my FI cant keep a trash can in the kitchen OR bathroom. He has to keep them in the back hall. Its so crazy how annoying it is to cant even have a simple trash can in any of those rooms.
    Anyway, I used one of your links and I found the ones that lock when you slide it on Have registered for 2!! Weird how I hope to get trash cans for my wedding then some other
    Thank you again!!

  • Ashley Beaudoin

    I have a 90lb american bulldog that keepa getting into our garbage. we tried putting it in the pantry and he scratched huge marks into the door…we put it under the counter and tried all the baby locks we could find. We had finally found one that kept him out, for almost a month …intil last night when we came home and he had ripped the entire cabinet door off!!! The worst part is that he has allergies to foods and is on expensive prescription medicine and food and every time he gets into the garbage it turns into a $200 vet bill. Help!!!

    • FunTimesGuide

      Wow – only one thing comes to mind. It seems like FOOD scraps are mostly what your dog is attracted to, so you’ll have to go to extra lengths to keep the FOOD garbage away from him. You could keep only ‘regular’ garbage inside the house and keep food scraps out in the garage — far away from your dog. Or just keep it all far away in the garage/outside. I realize how inconvenient that could be, but it sounds like extreme options are in order with the lengths that your dog has gone to already.

  • Brandon Bennett

    I have a Australian Shepard that is unbelievable! He opens the cabinet and then swipes the child lock down!

  • Andrea

    Ha ha ha ha! That is my dog laughing at the “child proof” lock on the cabinet door! He’s gotten into it twice now. Not sure how…So frustrating!

  • Dawn Forsythe

    Great post! I have a collie pup that outsmarts me at every turn. Thanks to your post and links, I found a trash can with a butterfly lid. One reviewer said she velcroed the can to the wall to keep her lab from pulling it over. I think I’m well on my way to a solution.

    • FunTimesGuide

      Yay – so glad to hear that you found the info helpful! A butterfly lid makes perfect sense, as does the idea of velcro-ing the trash can to the wall. Thanks for sharing those tips 😀