Maybe you are one of those dog owners who has come home before to find a trash can lid still over your dog's head and your dog looking at you, wondering what happened to him while you were gone. If the garbage can lid has ever attacked your dog, or rather your dog would like you to believe he was attacked by a garbage can lid while you were gone, you may need to know how to teach your dog to stay out of the garbage. Things left in your garbage, including aging food, can certainly make your dog ill. Dogs who raid the garbage can while you are away can not only become sick by what they find, but it can also create quite the mess within your home. Your dog may just dump the can out right where it is, take what he wants, and then leave it alone. Other dogs tend to drag the contents of the garbage from one end of the house to another.
An easy and simple way to keep your dog out of the garbage can is to keep your garbage can inaccessible to your dog. This is not always possible, so you may have to train your dog to stay away from the garbage altogether. Some tricks may include ensuring your dog is never bored and is entertained or resting when you are away from him. You can train your dog to stay away from the garbage if you can catch him in the act often enough. However, it might even be easier to ensure you have dog-friendly garbage cans and aren't leaving tasty temptations lying around and then telling your dog to leave them alone.
To teach your dog to stay out of the garbage, you are going to need some delicious treats that he can eat. You also need time with your dog to catch him in the act. Activities for your dog to do other than rake through the garbage while you are busy or away from him will be imperative to training this as well. You can either tire him out before you leave the house or leave him with something to do to entertain himself while you are away. If your dog is used to getting in the garbage this may take some time and some patience, so be sure to be in training mode and on alert any time you were home with your dog.
Well, I used the method of telling Lucky "drop it" when he's near the trash. It's weird since he's not picking up anything when I catch him, but I want to train him in advance with particularly the garbage can. To me, telling him "drop it" when he is actually going in the garbage is less effective than training in advance.
P.s. ripping my hair out from all the questions I submitted.
Hello Kien, I suggest teaching a "Leave It" command for the trash. You are correct that drop it means drop something in your mouth. There are several writers at wag and not all articles are written by me so sorry if any advice is conflicting. Check out the article that I have linked below and follow the "Leave It" method to teach leave it. That article was written to help with biting but the leave it command taught there can be taught for the trashcan too because leave it means leave that thing alone and forget about it. https://wagwalking.com/training/train-a-shih-tzu-puppy-to-not-bite It's very important when you practice the command to practice with at least two treats, one that your dog is supposed to leave alone and a DIFFERENT treat that you reward him with. You want him to learn to never expect to get what he is leaving alone (while practicing that will be the treat that he should leave alone). I also suggest booby trapping the trashcan and putting a lid on it or putting it somewhere out of sight. Lucky is large and it will be very difficult to consistently get him to leave it alone if it's left out and open because Everytime he gets into it, the trashcan rewards him for it with food (it untrains him essentially). If you leave the trashcan out with a lid on, then you can purchase a alarm device that goes off when two magnets move apart. The noise will essentially catch him in the act when he moves the trachcan lid to get into the can. These devices are usually used for doors and windows to let you know when someone is breaking in or a toddler is going outside to a pool, so they are loud and will surprise him. Best of luck training, Caitlin Crittenden
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