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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


dog proof trash canThe 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.


Simplehuman Butterfly Step Trash Can
dog proof garbage can

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.


Simplehuman Slim
simplehuman slimLast 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.

Get free shipping on the can by clicking here


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!


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  1. sandy says:

    THanks for your thoughts…..going to purchase the first one now!

    • Vince says:

      Thanks for the comment Sandy. That is the we got and love it. You just have to make sure everyone learns to keep it locked lol. Not one issue since we got it! Make sure to come back and let us know your thoughts on it.

  2. Johana says:

    Thanks for your help! But I did not have luck with option 1, my black lab found a way to get into it and have chewed the lid, so the lock doesn’t work at all anymore :( I am planning to buy a bear proof one, even though they are expensive and not that good looking for the kitchen.

    • Vince says:

      That is crazy Johana! We have a 100lb Lab/Sheppard/Great Dam mix that is just under 2 years old. He has yet to find a way in. It sounds like you have your hands full. I might suggest a training collar as well? Our dog has eaten and destroyed everything from wall trim to every stuff animal in the house and even our couch! I know how you feel and wish you the best if luck!

  3. Carrie says:

    We have the first one and our 70 lb dog just knocks it over and the lid opens. Maybe I’ll try putting some bricks on the bottom. It is a few years old so I’m thinking that the lid isn’t as secure when locked as it used to be. I’m thinking of trying the second one.

    • Vince says:

      Hi Carrie, we have yet to have an issue like you have but my dog has pretty much gave up on the trash can. He might nose the lid every once in a while to see if one of the kids forgot to lock it but he then just keeps on walking. I hope we don’t run into an issue with the lid opening in the future, but to date, these are the only real choices I have found, and the only trash can with a lock I have personally found.

      Thanks for the comment :)

  4. Denise says:

    Thank you for this article. We have resorted to putting our trash can up on a table so the Great Dane doesn’t get into it and I’m so done with that. Will try one of these!!

    • Vince says:

      Thanks for the comment Denise, make sure to come back and let us know which one you ended up with and how you like it!

  5. C.S. Van Meter says:

    I have owned the first trash can that’s on your list for 9 months now. My Dachshund mix knocks this one over everytime I forget to put it on the counter. When the lid is locked it sometimes stays shut. He can usually rip the lid open and then proceed to scatter the trash all over our house. When the lid does stay locked he rips off the draw string so I wont be able to take the trash out with that bag. So just a heads up, it works some of the time with my 25 lb trash hound.

  6. Jared says:

    I purchased the first one and within 10 minutes of being out of the house my husky was able to get into it. the lock was still in the lock position but the lid was opened. Returned it and purchased the second one. Got it in today and put it to work. When I returned home the can was still in place. I was puzzled. I then laid the can on its side and the lid swung open. I could not believe it. returning it and will try the simple human 40Liter pet storage container. Hopefully that will work if not………I will cry.

    • Vince says:

      Hi and thank you for the comment. It sounds like you have a very smart dog. Our can is still working just fine. He still noses it every once in a while to see if someone left it unlocked.

  7. Jim says:

    We have the first one and it works fine. I’m sure if you throw it down hard enough, anything will break. Sadly the top and third dog proof trash can listed above are the only two real options out there. The only other options would be to find a trash can with a whole for a lock of some sort.

    My opinion, the above options is the best as it gets.

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