Keep The Trash Cans Out Of ReachYour best bet, right off the bat, is to tuck as many of your trash cans away as you can. Whether you're putting them inside cupboards or under tables or even on top of the counters, put them where your puppy just can't get to them. This may not be a permanent solution, especially if you're putting a trash can on the kitchen counter, but it's a start.
Get A Secure Trash CanUse a trash can with a locking lid, like this one for just $49.98 on Amazon. This way, even if your pup knocks the can over, the lid should stay in place so nothing comes out. These trash cans are perfect for in the kitchen where all your food scraps are ending up, because we know how much our dogs love to get into the table scraps!
Work On A Training PlanPut your training skills to the test and break your pup of the habit of getting into the trash. Use the same positive reinforcement for good behavior that you're using for other aspects of their life, like going to the bathroom outside or performing a trick you taught them. If they successfully go through a day without getting into the trash, maybe they (definitely) deserve a dog treat. And when they do get into the trash (because mistakes will happen), let them know that it's not okay. Puzzle Toy that will keep them busy, especially if you're going to leave them alone for a period of time. With something like this Treat Maze toy, they'll be so focused on how to get all the yummies out that they won't even care about trying to get into the trash. You can also try giving them a nice meaty chew to chew on, but make sure you pick one that's safe for puppies. BarkBox subscription! If your puppy's been a very good boy (or girl), they receive a box full of 2 toys, 2 delicious bags of treats, and one deliciously meaty chew for as little as $22 a month. That's a steal! And let's be honest, if it keeps them out of the trash, it's very much worth it.
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