Do your fresh baked muffins tend to disappear the moment you turn your back? Do you often come home to your garbage strung about the house like stinky bits of confetti? You may think you are the only one with a bad b!$%*, but you are not alone.
Dogs, like us, love a good meal. So, when they see us eating delicious food, of course they are going to want it too. Unfortunately, once your dog discovers that they can get into the trash, or simply swipe your food from the countertops, it’s hard to get them to stop. These tricks know no doggie size. Remember the video of the beagle that pushed the chair to the countertop and figured out how to get to the chicken nuggets?
Here are some tips on keeping your canine off the counters and out of the trash:
1. Prevention is key! This is always learned the hard way, but the first time it happens, end it. Always put leftovers away. Put your fruits and veggies up high on the fridge, and store your bread in bread bins or away in the cabinets. Use trashcans with lids that dogs cannot open, or keep the can in a closed cupboard, or in a different room that the dog cannot get to. You can also install child proof latches on cabinets and use baby gates to keep unwanted guests out of rooms.
2. Provide plenty of mental and physical exercise, so that they are less likely to scavenge out of boredom. Keep plenty of safe chew toys around, so that they will have options.
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