How to Get Your Dog to Drink Water in 4 Steps

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Is your dog like ours, who refuses to drink water unless desperate? Dogs can refuse to drink water for any reason. It could be because the dog is picky and prefers its own water bowl, or it could be due to ageing. Whatever the reason is, it is essential that dogs drink water, especially in the summer.
Dogs who don’t drink enough water can suffer from a lack of hydration, adversely affecting their health. 

So, how do you get a dog to drink water?

Well, here are four simple tips you can try.

1. Keep the Water Bowl Clean

A dog’s drinking bowl can be one of the dirtiest places in the home. Because of this, it is strongly suggested to keep your dog’s water bowl as clean as possible and to wash it out regularly. This will help you to avoid any unwanted germs on the bowl that can potentially make them sick.

A dirty water bowl is unappealing to your fur babies. Any germs will also cause foul odours. Since dogs have a much more sensitive nose, they can detect these bad smells before we do, making them lose interest in the water.

To clean the bowl, wash it thoroughly with warm soapy water. Ensure you also rinse the bowl well since the smell of the soap can make the water in the bowl taste horrible to dogs too.

dog having a drink

2. Add Some Flavor

You can encourage your dog to drink by adding flavour to the water in the bowl. If your dog is picky and doesn’t like the taste, it makes sense that it will be less likely to drink it.

So using flavoured water can be very helpful in encouraging the pup to drink more water. You can try various water options to see what they prefer. Test them out with filtered, diluted, tap, and bottled water can be great options to see if it makes a difference.

You can also make a broth, use ice cubes made from tuna juice, and put them in the bowl to add flavour to the water. If you need a simpler alternative, you can put a teaspoon of beef or chicken broth in the water bowl. It is probably best to keep a separate bowl for the flavoured water and ordinary water to stop your dogs from getting overwhelmed.

3. Try a Doggy Fountain

You can even try a dog water fountain to encourage your pup to drink more. This option will provide them with fresh water that flows continuously.

For this reason, a dog water fountain always tends to taste better for dogs. Furthermore, this alternative will make the water feel colder for your dogs than if you put it in the bowl.

4. Use a New Bowl

If these options still don’t work, you may need to consider using different water bowls made of other materials. Glass, plastic, stainless steel, and ceramic are the most common materials used in the market for dogs’ water bowls.

Different water bowls can help your dogs avoid boredom and make them want to drink more.

Hopefully, these options help your dog to drink more; for us, using a stainless steel bowl instead of plastic made a big difference

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