Have you come home from work only to find your trash thrown all over the place by your dog or cat? You’re not alone. It happens to almost everybody who leaves their trash can unlocked. The trash can produces all sorts of interesting smells that attract our pets. When you leave it open, your curious dog will try to find out what’s really inside there that smells so nice.
Unfortunately, the trash also contains all sorts of dangerous things that can put his health and life at risk. Cleaning supplies, medications, toothpaste, broken glasses and choking hazards can all be found in your trash. Also, the leftover foods that you throw in the trash can also harm your dog. This is especially true for human toothpaste and foods such as candy and chocolate that contain the poisonous compound, Xylitol.
When dogs eat what they’re not supposed to from the trash can, they can get sick and even die if not attended to fast. The good news is that there are things you can do to keep your dog safe and prevent such incidences from happening: Try the following ideas to get you started:
Put A Child Safety Lock On Your Trash Can
This is one of the easiest ways to modify your trash can to prevent your dog from accessing its content. But as you know, some dogs can be quite crafty; they’ll try every means possible to access the trash even when it’s closed. That includes tipping it over and trying to open it on one side. If this is the case with your dog, consider using two child safety locks to lock both sides of the can.
The good thing about these locks is that they’re very easy to use. They use adhesives to lock onto your trash can and have a single latch release system that you need to press to release.
You can purchase child safety locks online, in your local chain stores (check in the children’s section) or in home improvement stores. Alternatively, if you’re a do-it-yourself person, you can make your own safety lock to add to your trash can.
Keep Your Trash Can Out Of Reach
If you don’t want to buy a safety lock for your trash can, you can still prevent your dog from accessing it by keeping it out of reach. There are several places where you can hide your trash while you’re away. This includes the bathroom, over the counter, in the garage, in the closet or even under the kitchen sink.
You know your dog best, so if you think he can access the can on the counter or under the sink, try putting it in the garage, bathroom or any other room of your choice and lock the place.
Purchase A New Trash Can That’s Inaccessible To Your Dog
Lastly, you may also want to purchase a new trash can that your pet can’t get into. Make sure it has a lid that you can lock securely when you leave. If it’s too heavy for your dog to knock over, that will also be great too.
Hopefully, these simple ideas will help you keep your dog safe and far away from your trash can.