Certain things can affect your dog’s thirst level: age, food, size, exercise, weather, and medications.
Your dog might be a habitual over-drinker or under-drinker. If so, here are some tips:
Signs your dog is an over drinker:
- Beautifully moisturized lips (and snout, whiskers, tongue, and jowls)
- Empty toilet
Seeking treatment for their drinking problem:
- Consider purchasing lick bottles, rabbit feeders, or bowls specially designed to slow down water intake.
- Automatic watering bowls are another option. Or, if you are home all day, manually ration their water rather than letting their water bowl be a free-for-all.
- Fill the bowl up with less water, more often.
The Garden Hose
Signs your dog is an under drinker:
- Lip smacking
- Cotton mouth
- A kiss that feels like you’ve been licked by desert sand
How to get them to loosen up and have a few:
- Praise your dog and give him or her a treat when taking a nose dive into the water bowl.
- Add water to their dry kibble (similar to how we put milk in our cereal).
- Keep water bowl in sight, and in mind. Placing water near their favorite eating and resting spots will help remind them to hydrate.
- Consider flavoring the water with chicken or beef flavored broth, diluting it more and more until your dog is guzzling only pure h2O.