What do raccoons and dogs have in common? Answer: they love getting into the trash can! This behavior can be cute to watch if it’s not your animal, but if it is… get ready for some cleanup. There are a number of reasons to keep your puppy out of the trash can. Certain foods can really hurt your dog, and it is best to avoid these foods entirely. Rotten meat, chocolate, chicken bones, artificial sweeteners (such as Xylitol) and excessively sweet and salty foods are just a few items on the list of foods that you should avoid feeding your puppy.
Why to Keep Your Puppy out of the Trash Can
Many foods can cause your puppy – especially a very young pup – to get sick. Most of the time, cases of puppy food poisoning originate from one place: the trash can. Puppies are very curious creatures and they want to sniff and taste everything new that they see. As a responsible pet owner, it is your job to help your puppy stay safe and healthy. Unfortunately, there are quite a few things that can make your puppy sick. If your puppy has gotten into the garbage before or you are worried that they’ve been eyeing the trash can too much, there are certain steps that you can take.
Out of sight, out of Mind
Has your puppy knocked over the trash can when you were at work in pursuit of last nights leftovers? The easiest way to avoid this is to keep the trash can out of their reach. If you’re not sure where to keep the trash can, here are some suggestions:
- In the closet
- In the garage
- On the counter
- In a bathroom
- Under the kitchen sink
Be careful though! Sometimes dogs can learn how to open kitchen sink doors. If this is the case, a simple rubber band or hair tie should do the trick. Some dogs have even opened bathroom doors to get to the highly coveted trash can! It is your job to be smarter than your puppy.
Puppy Proof the Trash Can
Not all puppies are created equal and neither are trash cans. What I mean by this is the size and strength of the puppy and the length of the trash can. You want to make sure that the trash can is either tall or heavy enough for a puppy to not knock over the trash can. There are also many trash cans that have locks for the pedal and lid. If your trash can does not have a lock, you can always buy a child safety lock and simply attach it to the lid and body of your trash can. Many people choose to keep their trash in the garage for this reason.
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