Even old dogs can pick up bad habits. If circumstances in our homes change, sometimes the things that you thought your dog had mastered are suddenly up in the air or unfamiliar. Maybe he starts using the bathroom indoors after a shift in the family’s schedule. Or maybe a move to a new neighborhood has thrown him off of his ability to walk properly on a leash. Whatever the case may be, an old dog may still need to learn some new tricks as he ages to ensure that his behavior stays on point, especially when it comes to his food habits.
One issue that many dog owners may run into with their older dogs is the dreaded garbage can raid. Sometimes, a dog can be confused if the trash can is placed in another area, or is replaced by a new can. The temptation can be overpowering and next thing you know, your dog is sitting in a pile of garbage that you now have to spend several minutes cleaning up.
Keeping your older dog out of a trash can doesn’t have to be a stressful ordeal. There are any number of ways to ensure that he minds his manners and doesn’t investigate a new trash can that you’ve placed there for the sole purpose of holding trash. It certainly isn’t a buffet for your aging pal, no matter how cute he might look with the lid on his head.
Working on obedience and being proactive are the key methods to keeping your dog from rummaging through the garbage, though not every method will work for every dog. You’ll need to determine what works best for you, your family, and your dog. However, it shouldn’t take long for him to understand what you expect from him around the trash.
Before starting, check that your trash can has a lid of some sort. Most of the time, a lid alone can prevent a dog from investigating, but there are other ways if that doesn’t work. Gather some treats for obedience training around such a temptation, and determine whether or not your can placement is absolutely necessary. Moving it elsewhere may help the process along.
Besides that, be patient, especially with an older dog. They may take a little longer to pick up things or replace old habits with new ones. Make this training fun for them and provide them with encouragement throughout the process.