I woke up two mornings ago to find the kitchen trash strewn all over the floor, courtesy of my 12 year old GSD. Even as a puppy, she loved to tip over my office waste basket, and rummage through it, though she rarely found anything edible.
Anyway, she figured out how to open the kitchen cupboards about 3 years ago, and after that NOTHING was safe! I tried putting the trash in a plastic can with a foot pedal lid. She just chewed it to pieces. She'd knock metal cans over, and eventually figure out how to get the lids off. I then went back to putting the trash in the container under the sink, and put child proof latches on the cupboard doors: she figured them out in just THREE DAYS!!
After I moved in December, it took her awhile to learn how to manage these new cupboard door handles, and a trash can that sits on a slide-out track, so it can't just be tipped over. Then, one day, my BF came into the kitchen to find her with her whole head in the trash can, munching away on some pork chop bones...
I really thought I had her beat. I put two very strong elastic bands around the door handles. It worked fine until the other night.
I thought at first it was MY fault for forgetting to put the elastics back in place after putting something in the trash. Then, as I was cleaning up, I found one of the bands lying on the floor, broken. Not sure if she bit it in two, or just pulled on the doors until the bands snapped!
I'm now back to what I used to do in the previous house: any trash she MIGHT be interested in goes in a separate container, on the other side of a door!
The only problem with THAT is figuring out what might interest her. She's gone into the trash after a bag with a few cracker crumbs left in the bottom. Another time, it was some shrimp tails, or a freezer bag with a tiny bit of meat juice left from a hamburger. She has quite the nose on her...
Then, there's the non-food items. The same day she got into the trash, I found a winter glove made of acrylic yarn lying on her dog bed. She'd chewed one of the fingers off!
Guess that was the appetizer for the night-time raid on the kitchen garbage!