Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

The Ultimate Dog Proof Trash Can

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dog proof trash canThe quest for a good dog proof trash can can be unnecessarily long without good information.

If you’re reading this blog you either have a trash-hound or are trying not to have a trash-hound. Either way, here’s what you need to know: you need to take steps to make the trash less appealing (see below) and less accessible.

The less accessible can take a few forms, my favorite sort of can (if you aren’t going to put the whole shebang in a closet or under the counter) is one with a locking lid, as seen below.

Plain lids and swinging lids don’t deter the serious canine trash seeker. Actually, there probably isn’t a single dog proof trash can that will ward off all dogs of all sizes and all levels of determination. However, some are better than others and here are your best bets:

Simple Human Trash Can
simplehuman 50L-Liter / 13-Gallon Semi-Round Step Trash Can
Foot pedal, quiet closing, lid locking can. Lid can stay open, when you need it do. Simple Human simply makes excellent trash cans.

Dog Proof Trash Cans

simplehuman 40-Liter Slim Plastic Step Can
Similar features as above in a slimmer, fits-in-a-tight-space design.


simplehuman Rectangular Step Trash Can, Stainless Steel, Plastic Lid, 38 L / 10 Gal
Same as above. Lid designed to open and close close to the wall which is convenient.

And here is the one I use in my kitchen. Love it. But Pip isn’t a trash tipper. I never give her cause to tip. All trash with food residue on it, of any kind, is put into the freezer and taken out on trash day. All food scraps are composted safely out of canine reach or frozen then taken out in one fell swoop. Only paper and other packaging is actually thrown away.

simplehuman trash can
simplehuman Round Retro Step Trash Can, Red Steel, 30-Liter / 8-Gallon
Sturdy, metal, retro trash can that comes in various other sizes and colors.

Alternatively, you can try locking the lid using velcro or childproof locks or penning off the can with an ex-pen. But if your dog is that determined, you’re better off gating your dog out of the room or locking the can away from the dog.

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