One of the dogs we are fostering likes to nose around through the trash can, and yesterday the smell of a sardine can lid caused him to redouble his efforts to tip over the trash can. Unfortunately for the curious pooch, I developed what I believe to be a fool-proof method of outwitting the canines in my home.
I placed a chunk of cinder block in the bottom of our kitchen trash can, and so far the dog has been stymied in his attempts. He used to jump on the side of the can and knock it over, but he now can only push the can a bit, given the eight-pound weight at the bottom. So long as he does not push the can across the house to a stairwell, the problem should be solved.
Of course, since I am 45 - and I have nearly four decades as a dog owner under my belt - I should hardly crow about my achievement. This is a long time to develop such a solution to a fairly simple problem, and if I were employed as an engineer on designing a new method of dog-proofing the trash can, my employer would have long ago relegated me to janitorial or filing duties.