LOL Debra….I really LIKE that sturdy wooden one. I actually never thought of getting a heavy can with a reinforced lid- that is a good idea. In theory, of course....I think when you have 4 dogs working together it's the equivalent of one dog who has thumbs. I've always just put the can up high somewhere whenever I leave the house & I leave the dogs loose inside. It only took a couple times of "forgetting" before it became habit!
For several years, our bathroom trash can resided permanently on top of the toilet tank. This isn't exactly a Martha Stewart household- we're not much on decorating I guess...LOL It didn't take long before we were 100% used to seeing it there and didn't think twice about it. But, when we had the occasional visitor, the question never failed to come up- "Why is the trash can on top of the toilet?" Some folks were understandably uncomfortable with it, too (of course I'd try to make sure it was empty before having guests, LOL)
So I took measures to help clear up anybody's confusion & show there was a good reason for it being there. The trash can was just a cheap, plastic white one- cost about $3. I took permanent markers & drew a cartoon of a Basenji with a roll of toilet paper in his mouth. Then I drew a red circle/slash around it (like a no smoking symbol). And I wrote something like "NO BASENJI TOILET PAPER FETISHES ALLOWED".
It made an interesting conversation piece....and often resulted in friends wanting to see the "paper fetish" in action- so I'd wad up a paper towel and put it on the floor, so they could watch Jibini methodically shred it into tiny pieces, LOL. Never failed to amaze people who'd never experienced a Basenji before. One of the many reasons I love Basenjis, they're ideal "party entertainment" dogs