My dog sometimes turns over trash cans and chews what's inside. I know this happens when I open the door and the dog is hiding and cowering. If she doesn't do the chewing then she doesn't hide or cower. Scolding and shoving her nose into what she's done has brought improvement. My neighbor says that banging the can with a spoon in the dog's face works.
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Even better is keeping the yummy trash out of reach. Shoving a dog's nose in anything is really not a nice or productive thing to do. I have a trash compactor - wonderful invention - every dog home shoul have one!

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Scolding and shoving her nose into what she's done has brought improvement.

Nice way to lose trust. Your dog will justifiably lose respect and trust for you and your relationship will suffer greatly.
My dog sometimes turns over trash cans and chews what's inside.

A common problem. There's lots of good stuff in there.
I know this happens when I open the door and the dog is hiding and cowering.

No. Your dog is cowering and hiding because you came home. You're expecting to see garbage on the floor. Even though you don't think you're giving off signals, she knows that you're angry, but has no idea why. And it's way beyond her comprehension that you'd punish her for something she did hours before.
If she doesn't do the chewing then she doesn't hide or cower.

There's got to be another explanation. Dogs just don't think this way.
Scolding and shoving her nose into what she's done has brought improvement.

And there's the explanation. Garbage strewn on the floor equals punishment. Still, your dog does not associate her raiding the garbage with a later punishment. You are quickly losing your dog's trust.
My neighbor says that banging the can with a spoon in the dog's face works.

I wish that such tricks worked for garbage can raiding. It's a common problem and one that's not easy to fix, in my opinion. My old girl raided her first garbage can at 12.5 years old and found delicious stuff inside. That was it. From then on, it was every day. I tried stuff like putting pop cans on top of the canister - that worked once. The ultimate solution was easy: a garbage can inside a cupboard.
Why fight things that aren't worth fixing?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
How do you know this? Why then does she act differently if she performs the act as to when she doesn't do it? Regardless let's move on.
If she doesn't do the chewing then she doesn't hide or cower.

There's got to be another explanation. Dogs just don't think this way.

Please read what I wrote. I can observe this to be a fact. It happens too many times for this to be coincidence. Chew: no cowering. No chew: happy.
Scolding and shoving her nose into what she's done has brought improvement.

And there's the explanation. Garbage strewn on the floor equals punishment. Still, your dog does not associate her raiding the garbage with a later punishment. You are quickly losing your dog's trust.

What you're saying doesn't match observation. Also, if she's so stupid to associate a bad behavior with punishment then how can she even remotely understand an abstract concept like "trust"? What does "trust" matter to a dog. What matters is that she behaves the way that I want her to. After all, she's a dog.
My neighbor says that banging the can with a spoon in the dog's face works.

I wish that such tricks worked for garbage can raiding. It's a common problem and one that's not easy to ... on top of the canister - that worked once. The ultimate solution was easy: a garbage can inside a cupboard.

She also sometimes chews kleenex from different cans in other areas of the house. Must love snot.
I've told you that I've seen improvement and she "raids" much less frequenlty since I've punished her. If she doesn't associate raiding with punishment then why doesn't she do it when I'm in another room of the house?
Scolding and shoving her nose into what she's done has brought improvement.

Nice way to lose trust. Your dog will justifiably lose respect and trust for you and your relationship will suffer greatly.

Silly. What is "trust" to a dog? She's just a dog, "trust" and "respect" are not concepts that I believe are even imaginable to a dog. She respects me because I am the equivalent of the alpha dog. Those other abstract concepts are human concepts. I might as well show her a book and ask her opinion.
She respects me because I am the equivalent of the alpha dog.

I would be very happy to live the rest of my days and never see or hear "alpha dog" again. There's nothing wrong with it in principle, but it seems to be consistently abused to justify all sorts of wrong-headedness.

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Silly. What is "trust" to a dog? She's just a dog, "trust" and "respect" are not concepts that I believe ... dog. Those other abstract concepts are human concepts. I might as well show her a book and ask her opinion.

I'm sorry your relationship with your dog has no place in it for trust and respect. My dog looks up to me for leadership - he knows that I'll be fair and firm and kind. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the fact that I physically punish him for his deeds. His faith in people was completely shot at the time I got him, and restoring it has taken painstaking effort on our part.
I wish your dog much luck.
Suja
Nice way to lose trust. Your dog will justifiably lose respect and trust for you and your relationship will suffer greatly.

Silly. What is "trust" to a dog? She's just a dog, "trust" and "respect" are not concepts that I believe ... dog. Those other abstract concepts are human concepts. I might as well show her a book and ask her opinion.

ROFL! That is one of the most ignorant statements I have EVER seen on this list!!!
Trust is imperative in a relationship with any animal! Cats, dogs, birds, they all learn to trust you. I've had a problem with some of my cats being afraid of my dad because he yells at them a lot. :-P It's created some problems and now we have to work with them from scratch to get them over this.... Dad's learning. ;-)
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