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.
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
- Behind a cabinet …but with child-proof locks
- 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.
- One good option is the SimpleHuman slim trash can. It has a step-on lever to open it, and the lid locks securely closed with a sliding lever.
- Some dog owners have had good luck with wooden trash can holders that you put your existing trash can inside (even better if it has a small latch to secure it closed). But some dogs can open the kind that tilt forward to open.
- Others have found success with trash cans that have swinging lids. Just be careful… those swinging lids can be dangerous. No, really!
- You could always make your own dog-proof trash can.
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
We 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.
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