Trash always seems to attract dogs and that may be because the dogs can smell spoilt food that may have been placed in the trash but do not know that it is spoilt. The natural reaction of a dog that smells food is to investigate and during that investigation, all too often a mess is made. If wasn’t for the mess, some people may think that it is OK for a dog to rummage in garbage but the truth is it isn’t.
Although a dog may at first be attracted to the wasted food, once into a pile of trash a dog will investigate, with its nose, all the contents and that may cause the dog to become sick or perhaps even die. Although the wasted food may alone make the dog ill, the other things in the trash like old medicines, bleaches and poisons may make the dog even more ill, perhaps even leading to its death. For this reason some dog owners try and train their pets to stay out of the garbage but that is not always easy as dogs are prone to only visiting the garbage when they are on their own, not with their owners. If a dog owner wants to be careful and mind their dog’s health but have not been afforded the opportunity to properly train it, they may decide to get a dog proof trash receptacle which are available either in pet stores, hardware outlets or online. Some of the best dog proof cans do not only stop a dog from getting at the trash but also try to eliminate the odours which attract the dog in the first place. In order to eliminate these odours, some trash cans come complete with charcoal filters which avoid smells from being released from the container, not bringing the dog’s attention to them. Of course another solution is to place the trash somewhere where the dog cannot reach it, in what may be referred to as a ‘no go’ area for dogs. Placing the trash in a room or a cupboard where the door remains closed may be one option but often people do not like to keep doors closed and so another option which will also work whilst keeping the doors open; is to fit a baby gate to the doorway. A baby gate will certainly deny access to the cupboard or room at which it is placed, to a dog but will no way otherwise inhibit entry and exit to others.
Apart from trash cans, some people that have both cats and dogs will have noticed that dogs also like to mess about with a cat litter but in these instances, although there are also dog proof cat litters available, a simple solution to the problem is to place the litter high, in a place which the cat can reach but the dog can’t, perhaps on a shelf or on a counter. A baby gate can also be used for this purpose if the dog is larger than the cat as the gate can be placed at a height that prohibits a dog’s entry whilst allowing the cat to pass beneath it.