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Old 12-17-2012, 09:19 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Thanks for the responses. He is only 8 weeks old so maybe we'll continue with picking up the water after supper unless he is panting. We'll try to leave it out of the crate totally unless you think it would be better to just have a small amount in it while we are at work?
While limiting water over the night (ie 9 PM to 6AM) would be acceptable, I would be quite concerned if you are withholding until the puppy is panting.
There has been at least one paper written recently on the chronic state of dehydration in our pet dogs, particularly those fed a dry kibble.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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He is in his crate which is in our bedroom overnight. Then we water him in the morning, feed him, walk him, and go to work. We then come home at noon and repeat as well as at 5pm after work. We've been putting a small amount of water in his dish that is in his crate, but all he wants to do is chew on it of course.
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4 hours without water isn't bad. We never left water in the crate, but he was never in the crate longer than 3 hours with us. When it came to bed time, we'd pull water about 30 minutes before bed, take him out one more time, let him do his business, and then off to the crate for bed. While sleeping...they don't need water. Bed was around 11 and I'd be up around 5:30 or 6:00 for his first walk. We'd go out, then he would get water. Water was always available if we were home and he was out and about. Just had to monitor how often and how much he drank and then take him out after a big drink.
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Old 12-17-2012, 10:37 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Perhaps you would be willing to look into a puppy playpen setup rather than a crate?

Also, you can freeze a small bowl with water then add just a smidge of tap water on top before you leave, that <might> help with the dumping of water.
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