Water

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‘Water-taken in moderation can’t hurt anyone’ Mark Twain

A healthy dog needs about 50-100 milliliters of water per kilo (of the said dog).

Being a control freak, I actually monitor my dogs’ water intake.

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21 thoughts on “Water

    1. I try not to let them drink from puddles (Lily’s tried and her stomach turns out to be rather sensitive – I’ve learnt my lesson). But I really am a control freak. They have most food cooked by me, the veg and water are taken into account. Any extra treats (my training treats are measured in the evening for the next day) or fruit can also change how thirsty they are, so I note it down (yesterday: 1/4 of mozzarella ball each, Brian:some pea shoots and parsley stolen from my plate + 1 cherry tomato stolen from the punnet). I write it down for any new dog, to see if there is any problem (drinking too much or too little can indicate health problems)-and then I know how much my dogs normally drink, so if there’s anything out of ordinary, I can easily spot it.
      I am a bit weird, I know, but I can’t change it, that’s probably why I’m on the autistic spectrum, even though nobody can believe it πŸ™‚

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  1. No I actually agree with you…I had to monitor my old cat’s fluid intake because of his kidneys. I got my present four a beautiful drinking fountain, filtered and everything, yet I still have to stop them drinking mucky pond water…they drink more because they just have the dry kibbles and a small amount of wetfood. Just asked Mum, Erin has a gallon bucket of water with measurements so she can monitor how much she drinks…so you see, not a control freak-a conscientious dog owner!

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    1. Well, I feel less weird now, thank you πŸ™‚ My cats love their fountain: Ulysses can spend hours staring at it…and he puts things into the dogs’ water bowl (usually bits of paper) to see them float (the things, not the dogs) πŸ™‚

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  2. Alex, if everyone is tested, most people will be “on the spectrum” – the bell curve can only hold so many on top; all those who slide off the sides are on the spectrum. I’ve always despised this definition, from the moment it appeared. Aside from that, Brian with pink bowl is adorable – such a sweet puppy!

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    1. Haha, I know. And whatever I am, I function rather well in the society, so I’m not too bothered πŸ˜‰ I’m not a fan of labels in general, they limit how we perceive people (or dogs) rather than letting us see the individual in each of us.

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    1. it’s not strange at all-when you think about it, there are places in restaurants where ‘food tastes better’ – neurocociology might explain it all away one day in people (and we’ll apply it to dogs), but even if we don’t know why, dogs don’t like eating and drinking in some places (and there’s even a theory why) πŸ™‚

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  3. Molly has always been scared of her water dish – absolutely no idea why, she just came to me that way. I have tried different kinds of dishes, bowls, plates both plastic and metal, all to do avail. I found if I splash water on the kitchen floor she will drink her fill, so I often do that as I seem to have run out of options. (Any ideas gratefully received). I also tend to let her drink out of puddles because I think she must be really thirsty to want to, it doesn’t seem to upset her tummy. Molly is also a rescue dog and was 5 years old when she came to me. She has improved out of site in the 4 years she has been with us but she still has her issues and I think she always will (no different from any of us really πŸ™‚ )

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    1. Get a very flat (plate-like) dish and see if it works. She might not like the fact her vision is limited. Also, try and experiment with various water ‘sources’ – some dogs like drinking from sports bottles. Use darker or lighter colour (the colour itself is not that important).Change the place where the water bowl is and see if it works. If it doesn’t solve the issue, you can actually teach Molly to drink from a bowl (it’s a slow process if the reason is her past traumatic experience). Using your hand to transport water from the bowl to her mouth and giving her lots of fuss (again, it’s conditioning, so she’ll associate drinking from the bowl with a pleasant feeling).

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      1. Thankyou (and everyone else!) for your suggestions. I have tried the plate option and the moving the dish to different places as well, but hadn’t thought to use my hand – will try that. πŸ™‚

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    2. ah, you can also try putting the water bowl on a rug scented with something that relaxes her (you? lavender?) the herbal sprays can be bought in pet shops, if you need to use your scent: just walk all over the rug in your socks (preferably after a day-long use of the socks- yes, I know it sounds weird) – make sure the bowl doesn’t move (noises)

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  4. Great ideas. As stated in a previous post of mine, Tippy will no longer go into the utility room to drink, so I have had to move her bowl. I think the idea of trying a “flat” bowl is great. Tippy also likes to drink directly from an outdoor faucet. That might work. I let Tippy drink from puddles too, esp. the ones that form near the driveway. I figure rain water is probably healthier for her than the tap water.

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    1. Our dog Hayley will only drink out of the living room bowl. She will not touch any other bowls in the house. My dogs are scared of the outdoor faucet they run from it but I always find it so cute when I see other dogs drinking from hoses

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    2. sometimes dogs don’t like when their whiskers touch the bowl, or their ears, or they don’t like the fact they can’t see around…thus, flat plates might be a good idea-but each dog is different, so there are as many solutions as there are dogs…

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