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How to Keep Your Dog Out of the Trash

Digging through the trash can be a dangerous habit for your dog. 

If you have a dog that digs through the trash, you should know that this behavior isn’t just bad for you, it’s also bad for your dog! In our last blog, our veterinarian in Levittown talked about possible reasons why dogs dig through the trash and what the risks are. Keeping your dog out of the trash can is an important part of protecting them and keeping them safe. That’s why your friends at East Meadow Veterinary Center have come up with this list of expert tips for keeping your dog out of the trash:

#1. Secure the lid.

If you have a dog, every trash can in your home should, at least, have a lid, but oftentimes, that isn’t enough. It’s also a good idea to take steps to secure the lid of your trash can. Depending on the kind of trash can you have, you could keep the lid securely shut with velcro or bungee cords.

#2. Feed your dog more often.

If you feed your dog just once or twice a day, they may be digging in the trash can because they are hungry. You don’t necessarily have to feed your dog more, but it might be beneficial to spread their food out a bit more and feed them another time during the day.

#3. Keep your trash can in a cabinet or behind a door. 

One of the easiest ways to keep your dog out of the trash can is by storing it behind a closed door or cabinet. Just remember to keep the door closed!

These are just a few of the many ways you can keep your dog out of the trash. Would you like to learn more? If so, please stay tuned for our next blog.



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