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How to Get Your Dog to Drink Water

By: | Updated: October 26, 2019

As dog owners, it’s our responsibility to ensure our furry friends get enough water throughout the day. The amount of water they should be drinking varies depending on factors such as their weight, activity level, and temperature. Dr. Becker recommends a general guideline for healthy dogs being between ½ and 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight.

Understanding recommended guidelines is vital for monitoring your dog’s water intake, but what if your dogs visibly drinking less water than it should be? In this article, we’ll be taking a look at ways you can encourage your dog to drink more water.

Why Won’t My Dog Drink Water?

It’s challenging to pinpoint the exact reason your dog isn’t drinking water. There’s a variety of factors that can contribute to your dog’s willingness to drink water. Some of these include:

  • The amount of exercise it’s getting
  • The type of food it’s eating
  • The way you’re feeding it water
  • Potential health issues

The bottom line is, if your dog is not drinking enough water, you need to know why.

Always check in with your vet before taking matters into your own hands.

How to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

There are measures you can put in place to encourage your dog’s water consumption. A few of these are as follows:

  • Cleanliness of bowl
  • Trying a new type of bowl
  • Changing the position of the bowl
  • Mix food with water
  • Be creative

Clean the Water Bowl

If your dog’s water bowl rarely gets cleaned, this could be stemming its reluctance to drink from it. It’s worth keeping an eye on the cleanliness of your dog’s water bowl and cleaning it out whenever it gets a bit worse for wear.

Try a New Type of Bowl

Dogs can be overly fussy at times. The new shiny water bowl you’ve bought for your dog might be it’s worst nightmare. If you’ve got a metal bowl, your dog might be frightened of the noise. Try a different material to see if this makes a difference.

Change the Position of the Bowl

This is a relatively simple measure but a potentially effective one. Try moving the bowl away from its normal position to see if this encourages your dog to use it.

Mix Food with Water

Try mixing water with wet dog food. You might find that whatever reason your dog has for avoiding water is forgotten about when incorporated into its food.

Be Creative

Nobody knows your dog as well you do. Try to be creative in an attempt to encourage your dog’s water consumption. Did your dog respond well to treats during training? Why not try encouraging it to drink water using treats. If your dogs intrigued by new and unfamiliar things consider other accessories for feeding it water such as water fountains.

Check With Your Vet

If you’re concerned that your dog isn’t drinking enough water, don’t take matters into your own hands until you’ve consulted a professional. Check in with your vet to make sure everything is ok before trying any of the steps above.

If you’re unsure whether your dogs drinking enough water, here are a few warning signs to look out for:

  • Loss of energy
  • Drooping eyes
  • The skin has less elasticity
  • Dry gums

A more obvious and alarming sign of dehydration can include collapsing.

Your dog not drinking water could be something completely innocent. On the other hand, it could be a sign of an underlying health condition. You’re always better safe than sorry when it comes to the health of your dog.

About the Author:

Serena is the content publisher for Daydreamdog and a life long dog lover. Between walking them, writing about them and spending too much time liking pictures of them on Instagram, her day literally revolves around dogs! If you want to learn more about Serena click here.