Keeping Dogs Out of Garbage Cans?

How do you keep dogs out of outside garbage cans without spending a lot of money? And without harming the dog.

Jason from Leitchfield, KY


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March 6, 20070 found this helpful
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A tight fitting bungie cord should do the trick. I put a garbage can in the back of my truck on it's side and the lid stays on with a bungie cord, even when it's full of yard waste.

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By Me (Guest Post)
March 8, 20070 found this helpful
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Are these indoor garbage cans? I keep mine under the kitchen sink so the dogs have no access. There are many inexpensive cans with locking lids if you choose not to. If they are outdoor cans & your dogs have access you can also buy inexpensive cans with locking lids. Mine only cost 10. each. The bungee cord is a good idea too.

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March 9, 20070 found this helpful
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Spray bug spray on the cans. One small lick or taste and the dogs will leave it alone. We use to have this problem years and years ago. Where do you all live where dogs are allowed to roam? It is against the law to let your dogs run. We live sort of in the country and the "roaming" during the last 15 years around here has stopped, because, people will call the law.


Do not harm the dogs under any circumstance. It is not the fault of the dog. If it has an owner, go through the law. If not, call animal control and get it trapped and taken away. Remember they are not targeting you, they are just trying to survive!

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By Diana (Guest Post)
March 9, 20070 found this helpful

Notify the neighbor whose dog is responsible

Call Animal control if you have notified the owner and the dogs continue to run free (this works even if you can't identify the dogs)

Once my husband had the neighbor come over and clean up the strewn garbage. He put the dog in the garage (enticed him with a treat) and held him "hostage" until the owner picked it up (This was ONLY after this had happened we have leash laws about dogs running loose)

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By Brittany (Guest Post)
December 12, 20070 found this helpful wanna call animal control and get them taken away from their owner? Awful. It's not the owner or the dogs fault. I assume most of you have a beloved pet. How would you feel to lose it forever. Yea...not great. You need to rethink your morals and learn to have some feelings.


How hard is it to try some non-harmful solutions. Grow a heart.

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By Pepper (Guest Post)
December 19, 20070 found this helpful

I do not own a dog, nor do I wish to. Yet almost every day, I am forced to pick up disgusting trash out of my yard or step in piles of poop in my OWN YARD. I keep my gates locked, and the dogs squeeze through cracks or jump it. I have spent hundreds on animal proof trash cans that the dogs just knock over and still manage to get into.

I feel that it is very irresponsible for a dog owner to let a dog wander around the neighborhood destroying other peoples property, and also putting the dog at risk. Just this morning a car almost hit my neighbors dog. The driver swerved, and missed but could have injured the dog or themselves. I'm at my wits end.

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By kelmcgarrah (Guest Post)
August 7, 20080 found this helpful

The suggestion about the trash can on wheels is a joke. Because dogs can jump on the trash cans and still scatter trash everywhere.


Even if the cans have lids. I have three dogs, but only one of them gets in to the trash and I personally has seen him do it.

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