03-03-2017, 06:28 AM
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If all she's doing is getting into the trash while you're gone, I'd be less likely to attribute it to separation anxiety or isolation distress. There are usually other symptoms such as destruction at exits, elimination, and obvious signs of stress in the dog.
I'd also not suggest punishing the dog or booby trapping the trash. The first most likely won't work unless the punishment is severe and even then, all bets are off when she's home alone. Plus, both approaches could have unintended fallout.
If she were my dog, I'd step up management (put trash out of reach, confine her to a dog-safe room, leave her with something like a kong), and work on a strong default leave it (Kikopup has a nice video tutorial).