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I have a GREAT German Shorthair whom i love to death. He is my right hand man, my best friend. Also my first dog let alone bird dog, he listens great but if i walk away for a minute he gets his nose in the garbage. i cant break him of the habbit even with the e-collar on because he is so sneaky, any suggestions?

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

my weimariner/lab mix has the same problem, so i started using a sealable garbage can and put it outside when ever i leave the house. I blame her superior nose for this bad habit.

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from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Put a couple of snap type mouse traps in the can on top if the trash. They won't hut him but the positive reinforcement will break him of this habit. My vet raises shorthairs and he has broken several of his dogs with this method. I used it on a beagle with great results. Doesn't hurt a thing when it comes to hunting.

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from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've always put the trash where a dog doesn't have access but Beekeepers idea sound as if it would work. I've never heard of doing this mouse trap thing before.

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from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Beekeeper beat me to it. Either that or pop a few balloons around the dog making him scared of balloons then put some balloons in the trash.

That works for me keeping my dogs off the furniture.

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from shane mcelroy wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

yeah about the only yhing i can think of is just keeping the garbage away! their noses are just to good!

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from AzelisWolf wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I agree with the mousetrap answer, though that isn't positive reinforcement, it's technially punishment. Positive reinforcement is rewarding correct behavior. Otherwise sealing the garbage is about the only way to go. The way a dog's mind works is such that unless you catch them in the act (or use something to frighten them during it), it's too late to correct the behavior.

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from minigunner111 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

hey big jake my friend has a weimaraner lab mix and his name is jakob

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

cool, mines named sasha.She is great dog very sweet tempered and she lives to hunt duck.

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from gundogguy715 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Lol i found something that worked pretty good he hasnt gotten in since. i took some of those snaps you throw on the ground and made a big snap out of about 25 of them, and as soon as that garbage can hit the floor it sounded like 480volts arcing out (which if any of you are sparky's like me you probably know what that sounds like, if not for the rest of you its about 5 times louder than a loud 12 gauge) and i have never seen a dog run to his house (his crate) so fast and lay down like OH MY GOD what just happened lol it was soooo funny. hasnt been in the garbage since

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from nickelback64 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I had a yellow lab that did the same thing. We replaced all our trash cans in the house, including bathrooms, with the type of can with a foot pedal to open the lid. After she realized she couldn't get in them anymore she lost interest.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Feed him more. He is hungry. More protein. Either the type of food or extra meat or tuna. Hunger is a result of having too little protein in the digestive system.

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from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

But there's more...
It suggests that he's found something good to eat in there before. Unquestionably, It means that you are wasting food. No need in continuing with this.

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from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

my weimariner/lab mix has the same problem, so i started using a sealable garbage can and put it outside when ever i leave the house. I blame her superior nose for this bad habit.

+3 Good Comment? | | Report
from Beekeeper wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Put a couple of snap type mouse traps in the can on top if the trash. They won't hut him but the positive reinforcement will break him of this habit. My vet raises shorthairs and he has broken several of his dogs with this method. I used it on a beagle with great results. Doesn't hurt a thing when it comes to hunting.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from libertyfirst wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I've always put the trash where a dog doesn't have access but Beekeepers idea sound as if it would work. I've never heard of doing this mouse trap thing before.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

Beekeeper beat me to it. Either that or pop a few balloons around the dog making him scared of balloons then put some balloons in the trash.

That works for me keeping my dogs off the furniture.

+2 Good Comment? | | Report
from minigunner111 wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

hey big jake my friend has a weimaraner lab mix and his name is jakob

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from bigjake wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

cool, mines named sasha.She is great dog very sweet tempered and she lives to hunt duck.

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from shane mcelroy wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

yeah about the only yhing i can think of is just keeping the garbage away! their noses are just to good!

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from AzelisWolf wrote 4 years 31 weeks ago

I agree with the mousetrap answer, though that isn't positive reinforcement, it's technially punishment. Positive reinforcement is rewarding correct behavior. Otherwise sealing the garbage is about the only way to go. The way a dog's mind works is such that unless you catch them in the act (or use something to frighten them during it), it's too late to correct the behavior.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from gundogguy715 wrote 4 years 30 weeks ago

Lol i found something that worked pretty good he hasnt gotten in since. i took some of those snaps you throw on the ground and made a big snap out of about 25 of them, and as soon as that garbage can hit the floor it sounded like 480volts arcing out (which if any of you are sparky's like me you probably know what that sounds like, if not for the rest of you its about 5 times louder than a loud 12 gauge) and i have never seen a dog run to his house (his crate) so fast and lay down like OH MY GOD what just happened lol it was soooo funny. hasnt been in the garbage since

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from nickelback64 wrote 4 years 27 weeks ago

I had a yellow lab that did the same thing. We replaced all our trash cans in the house, including bathrooms, with the type of can with a foot pedal to open the lid. After she realized she couldn't get in them anymore she lost interest.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

Feed him more. He is hungry. More protein. Either the type of food or extra meat or tuna. Hunger is a result of having too little protein in the digestive system.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from blackdawgz wrote 4 years 11 weeks ago

But there's more...
It suggests that he's found something good to eat in there before. Unquestionably, It means that you are wasting food. No need in continuing with this.

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from rudyglove27 wrote 3 years 34 weeks ago

Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!

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