If you have dogs, you may have experienced the wonder of doggie dumpster diving. For many dogs, the temptation of the trash is just a little too much to resist; they insist upon going foraging and spreading what they find around the house. Fortunately, there is hope for these pups. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep your canine companion out of the trash both inside and out.
Training the Dog Not to Dumpster Dive
As far as doggie problems go, fixing a dumpster diving pooch is one of the easiest. Although prevention is the best tactic, there are several other options available to pet parents:
- Invest in a Lidded Trash Can: This is probably the simplest way to keep pups from dumpster diving and, although it involves a small investment on the part of the pet parent, it is usually effective. Investing in a hinged, lidded trash can go a long way toward making it tough for your pup to dig through the trash. Although some dogs will knock these trashcans over, many will respect the lid enough to quit dumpster diving.
- Keep Trash Out of Reach: Fido cannot get to the trash if Fido can’t reach the trash and, for this reason, many pet parents choose simply to stash their trash in a location where the dog cannot get to it. Some people choose to put the trash up on a table or chair while others simply lock it away in a storage or laundry room or under the sink. Whatever you choose to do, it is obvious that removing the temptation can go a long way toward helping to remove the issue.
- Catch the Dog in the Act: Some pet parents choose to wait quietly out of sight until they see their dog get into the trash; at this point, they reveal themselves and reprimand the dog for the behavior. This surprises the dog and makes for a memorable lesson.
What Not to Do
As with all doggie-training tactics, never resort to physical punishment in order to teach your dog not to do something. This will frighten the dog and may well produce the exact behaviors you are trying to avoid. Likewise, don’t ever shove, kick or chase a dog away from a trashcan, as the dog may get injured as a result of this action.
By understanding that dog training takes time and that re-programming dogs with bad habits may be a difficult process, pet parents can bring some empathy into the equation while trying to putting an end to their dumpster-diving doggies.