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So I'm reading this thread and I hear my wife from the other room say Ranger has figured out how to open our two trash cans that have the foot pedal thing on the bottom. - no joke

He did it on the small one in her office that had some McDonalds wrappings in it and apparently he just did it on the bigger one outside the kitchen.

Her office is usually closed when shes not in there and the kitchen is blocked off...and now I guess we'll have to move the kitchen trash can inside the blocked off area!

I just read this and it made me howl.....we lost our solid black Cody..Oct. last year....these are good memories......

he was always a chow hound and would eat anything he thought had ever been food---that said he never figured out the foot pedal on the trash can in the kitchen... although he would sit and watch looking sorta puzzled--like magic it would open when my wife or I walked up to the can....sorta like a class room student who just couldn't grasp the concept......what he DID figure out was how easy it was to flip the lid (on this giant dog food bowl) up with his nose and have at it...I always wished I'd managed to get a pic of him with a chicken breast wrapper in his mouth or muzzle in a soup can...the expression of complete innocence was hilarious....he'd jerk around quickly when I shouted-- CODY !! and give me that look that said "Geez dad I don't know how the can got on my nose--I think one of the other dogs put it there while I was asleep".....great memories ...
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I am on the verge of strangling my dog, yesterday was a bad day, actually it was a bad week.
He is a destructive, obnoxious pain in the rear, with no lead manners. He has figured out how to open doors, gets mud everywhere including my bed, sometimes he won't come in from toileting outside and I end up yelling at him.
He is 7 months old and driving me batty, even thought about tying him to a lamppost and walking off, unfortunately the lamppost is right out side my window and all the locals know he is my dog, lol.

However than he puts his head on my shoulder, or tries to cuddle up and I love him all over again. He is a beautiful monster.
I've just taken out a massive loan to get the garden patioed over and the lead antics are my own fault, I'm going through an insanely busy few weeks and have not given him the attention he needs. Something that will change.

No animal is perfect, or ever will be, and it sounds like you expected your dog to be perfect, without putting in any time. Please don't get another dog.
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So you got lucky with this perfect dog, did you?


We were blessed with a very smart dog. Almost too smart!
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he never figured out the foot pedal on the trash can in the kitchen... although he would sit and watch looking sorta puzzled--like magic it would open when my wife or I walked up to the can
- I thought this guy was hilarious! Loved the ending to his performance

I think the push pedal trash cans are a little more secure than those trash cans that are motion sensitive
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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!
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I feel your pain, lol. You’d think that at 9 years old, Carly wouldn’t keep opening every door and crate and gate and trash can she comes across. She’s very nosy. It’s like living with a really big raccoon. Round doorknobs? Not a problem.

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I feel your pain, lol. You’d think that at 9 years old, Carly wouldn’t keep opening every door and crate and gate and trash can she comes across. She’s very nosy. It’s like living with a really big raccoon. Round doorknobs? Not a problem.
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Round door knobs? Now, THAT takes talent! Maybe he IS part raccoon!
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Once proudly showed a military dog trainer that my girl could do 'paw'. To which he replied 'Congratulations, you have taught her how to open doors' He forgot to add that included handles of all kinds but also bolts, yale locks and baby gates
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I feel your pain, lol. You’d think that at 9 years old, Carly wouldn’t keep opening every door and crate and gate and trash can she comes across. She’s very nosy. It’s like living with a really big raccoon. Round doorknobs? Not a problem.
On at least two occasions Sabi let other dogs out of crates, I never found a doorknob that stumped her, gate latches posed no real issue, she untied knots like a pro(demonstrated that one the night I got mugged and had my head split open) and used to lock me out of the truck periodically until I agreed to her demands. She also turned on lights. Although trash was technically beneath her about once a year or so she would punish me by pulling the bag out of the can and holding it by the bottom while walking through the house. Neither latching nor pedals nor cupboard locks stopped her. She also mastered the art of pulling an entire roll of toilet paper through the house without tearing it or detaching the end from the roll. I consider myself fortunate that she was essentially a well mannered dog. She could have made my life very miserable.
And she made very sure to teach Shadow the art of doorknobs before leaving us.

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