You buy him expensive and tasty dog food to keep him content. Yet, when you return home and enter the kitchen you often find the remains of your trash can littered around the floor and your dog with a guilty look on his face. It’s the same when you take him for walks. Let him off the leash and you’ll sometimes find him 10 minutes later with his face in someone’s bin. Not only is it incredibly unhygienic and you’re worried he may catch an illness, but it also makes him smell somewhat unpleasant.
You need to find a way to train him to not eat trash before you’re landed with a hefty vet bill and before he’s left in considerable pain and discomfort. Not to mention it will be nice to not have to clean the floors of your own trash.
The good news is, training him not to eat trash is relatively straightforward. The biggest hurdle will be deterring him in the first place. This can be done by taking a number of measures to keep him away. On the flip side, you’ll also need to find a way to incentivize him to keep clear. You’ll need to use tasty food, toys and obedience commands to keep him distracted.
If he’s a puppy this should be a relatively new habit that you could break in just a couple of weeks. If he’s older with a lifetime of trash diving under his collar then you need up to six weeks to fully kick the habit. Training him not to eat trash is essential. One day he’ll binge on an old meat carcass that could not only give him serious food poisoning, but the bones could splinter and cause real internal injury.
Before training can begin you’ll need to gather several items. You’ll need to get a new, secure trash can. You’ll also require a deterrence collar for one of the methods and a water spray bottle.
You’ll need some mouth-watering treats to steer him away from the trash. Some food puzzles and some new toys will also help to that end. You may need to bring another member of the household on board to keep an eye on him throughout training.
Once you’re armed with those things you just need to be patient and vigilant, then you can set to work!