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A few years ago, I thought I’d finally outsmarted my tissue-loving dog, Sasha, with a fancy trash can that opened with a pedal. My success lasted about three days until she figured out the contraption and hunted for tissues to her little heart’s delight, intrigued by her new toy that rewarded ingenuity with…used tissues. #DogMomFail.
Let’s face it, our dogs often find our trash as delightful as they find us. They may be nosing through the trash because they miss us when we’re gone or perhaps they truly love the surprise treasures in our garbage.
Regardless of the motivation, finding a truly dog-proof trash receptacle can be challenging. We suggest looking for cans that employ some type of contraption (e.g. a pedal, a lock, a motion sensor, etc.) and are made from heavy material.
For those of us who are the proud owners of a clever and motivated dog, check out the highly-reviewed dog-proof trash cans below.
This trash can keeps dogs at bay with a two-step contraption. Not only would an enterprising dog have to push the pedal, but she would also have to unlock the trash can. Thanks to the locking mechanism, this trash remains closed even after being tipped over.
Well played, Sterilite, well played. These cans are sold as a two-pack.
Most helpful review: Truly dogproof. GAME CHANGER! We now get to throw away our trash like normal people.Buy Now on Amazon
This trash can’s step mechanism can sometimes be outsmarted, but when combined with the can’s weight, it proves difficult for small or medium-sized dogs to open. As an added benefit, reviewers note that the weight of the lid keeps the smell of the trash confined to the can. The design is certainly pleasing, though this can is on the expensive side.
Most helpful review: Dog Proof! This can is 100% dog-proof. I never thought I could love a trash can so much!Buy Now on Amazon
For the dog owner who wants a trash and recycling solution, look no further than this dual receptacle from Simplehuman. With two bins for storing both trash and recycling, this can has a pedal mechanism to keep pets at bay. Reviewers praise its durability and functionality, though there are a few reports of dogs learning the pedal trick.
Most helpful review: LOVE this can! My dogs cannot get into this can, it is so very sturdy and the ease of use is the BEST. I am thrilled with my purchase.Buy Now on Amazon
A motion sensor opens this four-gallon trash can, meaning the lid stays locked when it’s tipped over. While a dog could certainly learn how to use this mechanism, no reviewer has reported that their dog has mastered the technique. In fact, multiple reviewers praise the trash can’s ability to withstand even the most determined dogs.
Most helpful review: Love! Purchased to keep the cat and dog from dragging things out of the trash. Works like a charm. Was worried they might figure out how to trigger it, but so far, so good.Buy Now on Amazon
This bathroom trash can incorporates a pedal-mechanism for easy (human) use and proves to be a difficult can to crack, even for large dogs. It has a brushed stainless steel exterior that is smudge resistant, which to dog owners can translate as “drool-mark resistant”. While it may be on the more expensive side, both its functionality and appearance earn high reviews from dog owners.
Most helpful review: The perfect dog-proof trash can! My dog is 120 pounds and has one weakness, the bathroom trash. t can’t be opened by licking, nibbling or a nose poke. When this can is closed, it’s closed. It will stay closed, even when knocked over. Due to its design, it is pretty hard to knock over.Buy Now on Amazon
For pet owners who rely on an outdoor trash can, this could be a good solution. It’s essentially a bungee cord designed to keep outdoor trash can lids secured. Reviewers heap on the praise for these locks, which are effective at keeping dogs (as well as raccoons, bears, rodents, and livestock!) out of the trash.
Most helpful review: So far (4 weeks), I am winning! Fits both a round trash can and a square-versatile, simply to put on. The match is tight, requires two hands, but hey, that’s the point!Buy Now on Amazon
Whatever your trash woes, we wish you luck in keeping even the most enterprising dog safely out of the garbage and into better things… like laps.
Featured image via Flickr: Oakley Originals