My Top Picks for a Dog Proof Trash Can
My large dog like most others love garbage and it would drive me crazy to have trash all over the ground every time I walked in the kitchen. It seemed like our puppy would hit the garbage every time I would turn my back. We ended up putting our trash can in the garage for almost a year before I broke down and figured there had to be a better solution. I was amazed when doing research on dog proof trash cans that there were not as many options as I though there would be. So to save you time, I wanted to list the dog proof trash can that we selected and a list of other top cans out there.
And this is why you want a dog proof trash can lol
The simplehuman 50 liter/13 gallon trash can is the one we picked for our house. To be honest, the reason we picked this one over the rest is because of price. This plastic can comes in three different colors, grey which blends in with stainless steel appliances, a brown mocha and black.
The reason this along with most every dog proof trash can works is that it has a lock on it so you can lock the lid shut. When locked, the lid will not open at all. To open the can, you release the lock by pulling it out (grey part on the lid in the picture). Once unlocked you can either lift the lid all the way by hand. This will make it stay open, stepping on the foot petal it will open and close when you lift your foot off. When the thrash can closes, it does so slowly using a built in shock. This stops it from slamming shut.
I have read two complaints from the over 500 reviews. The first one is that 13 gallon trash bags are not quite big enough for this can. Other said they have no issues with this. I will say that the Glad tall kitchen 13 gallon bags that we have used for years fit perfect. We get them from our local supermarket. The other complaint is that the can is not heavy enough. Not that it is cheaply made, but moves to easy. I don’t know if these people are use to metal cans or what but it is plastic and doesn’t move any more than our last trash can. One person said that he used two bricks at the bottom and it helped but we are fine how it is.
To date, our dog has yet figure out how to get in it even though he has tried. It has been a while now and he has mostly given up on even trying.
To find this can with free shipping and to see a lot of user reviews you can visit Amazon here.
The simplehuman Butterfly can is almost dog proof, it depends on how smart your dog is. This is one of the best choices for dog owners that want a metal stainless steel can. It is a little smaller at 45 liters/12.5 gallons. It is also laid out a little different giving people with less space a good option.
The way the Butterfly works is it opens in the middle as seen in the photo. Dogs are not able to push their head down in the trash can or lift the front lid to gain access. If you have a genius on your hands, you puppy might figure out that if they step on the foot pedal (and heavy enough) that they can get the lid open. Also, this one doesn’t have a locking lid, so if your dog is able to knock over this trash can, it will be able to get to the garbage. When talking about stainless steel garbage cans, this is about as much dog proof you are going to get.
Another upside to this can over the plastic one above is that it has an insert for the bag that slides into the main can.
This one has over 80 reviews and 5 stars from reviewers and there is a reason for that.
To see all the reviews on the butterfly style, check them out here.
Last but not least is the slim style by simplehuman. This is the top two combined in one. Working like our first dog proof trash can, this one has the locking lid to keep dogs out and the slow lowering lid. It is the thin style like the butterfly above that can fit in small spaces.
This can is made out of plastic and comes in grey, black and white. It is also the smallest of the three at only 40 liters.
The upside on this one is again price over stainless steel. It makes a good fit for people that need to save space, doesn’t want to spend a lot of money and requires a locking lid.
Being the same brand, I would bet it is made just as durable as the 13 gallon above, just shaped differently.
Things you want to stay away from…
No matter what dog proof garbage can you go with there are a couple designs I would stay away from. The first is any motions sensor trash cans. It kind of defeats the purpose of trying to keep your dog out of the garbage. The next is any front opening can without a lock on the front. Dogs are very smart and will figure out how to open it. Our dog figured it out in less than a day. Lastly is any swinging lid, this goes without saying but you really do not want a trash can where your dog can just put his head through the top.
I also suggest using a training collar to help with the behavior of getting into things like trash and on the counter top.
What dog proof trash can do you use? What do you think of it? Let us know in the comment section!