If Rover is getting into all sorts of trouble by opening your lower cabinets and drawers, it might be time to act. Not only is the behavior annoying, but it could also be dangerous should he find any food or household products toxic to dogs. Convincing your doggie to stop exploring the inside of your cabinets can be tricky, so be ready to try a few different solutions.
Tip #1 - Secure all cabinet doors with baby locks or child-proof locks. If you have a very smart puppy, you might need to install double locks, on both the top and the side of the cabinet doors. Unless you have a very smart or very stubborn dog, duct tape is a simple homemade solution. It might not look good, but as a temporary solution you can apply duct tape to the cabinet doors -- one end of the tape over the door and one end over the frame -- to keep them sealed.
Tip #2 - Remove all food from cabinets located at low heights. Chances are Rover is getting into the kitchen cabinets because he can smell something interesting there. The lower kitchen cabinets should only hold "boring" objects like pots and pans. Move dog and human food to cabinets at eye -- your eye -- level, where Doggie can't reach. If Rover is getting into the bathroom cabinets, remove anything "toy-like" from the lower cabinets. If he knows the toilet paper rolls are stored there, he might be tempted to get into the cabinet to have some fun.
Tip #3 - Correct Rover when he tries to jump up and put his paws on the kitchen counters. If he understands all kitchen surfaces are off-limits, it will be easy to train him to also leave the cabinet doors alone. When he tries to open the cabinets, respond with a quick "no" and then remove him from the kitchen and take him somewhere else.
Tip #4 - Block the cabinets with something when you are leaving the house. A chair or another piece of furniture placed in front of the cabinets could be enough of a deterrent for him to abandon his original intentions and focus his mischief on something else. This could also work while you're at home and trying to train him. If the cabinets are off-limits all the time, he might simply lose interest in them and focus his energy on something else.
Warning: Don't store your cleaning supplies or other potentially dangerous products in cabinets Rover can get into. Even if you think he's learned to leave the cabinets alone, don't risk it.
By Tammy Dray
About the Author
Tammy Dray has been writing since 1996. She specializes in health, wellness and travel topics and has credits in various publications including Woman's Day, Marie Claire, Adirondack Life and Self. She is also a seasoned independent traveler and a certified personal trainer and nutrition consultant. Dray is pursuing a criminal justice degree at Penn Foster College.