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Old 02-09-2013, 08:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Ok... so my 13 week old GSD thinks her water dish is a bathtub... I cant have a lot of water in her bowl at a time because she puts both paws in it and digs the water everywhere! This has gone on since I got her. She also shoves her whole head into the bowl and blows "bubbles" from her nose, and swooshes her head around and she gets soaked and Im kinda worried she will inhale water. The two techniques I've tried are only putting a little bit of water in the bowl at a time (which has no effect, she obviously cant put her head in it though) and also having the water bowl off the ground, either me holding it or on a platform, both of which she still continues this behavior. I don't know what else I can do she is showing no signs of improvement in this area at all. Any suggestions??!
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:42 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ice cubes instead. I had this problem with Zena. lol but she was between 4 and 5 years old when we adopted her. She's too old to do it now but we used ice cubes for a while and she'd get busted every time she got caught digging the bowl inside. Just keep after her about it. If you can't supervise her at the bowl, put the bowl up where she cant get it.
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Old 02-09-2013, 08:42 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Mine did that, she stopped on her own after a while. When she was a little older I got a fountain water bowl and that works well.
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haha blowing bubbles sounds kind of funny.. but im guessing in your situation itīs not... Mine used to do that, it was annoying because for a while i had to giver her water on schedule, but after a while she stopped on her own. There are those things ( i donīt know their name) You put them onto a tap somewhere the dog can reach, when they lick it water comes out, kind of like those water things for hamsters, maybe thatīs an option?
Also, those self refilling water bowls.. if you can put the water bowl a bit higher and use one of those so that it will be heavier and she canīt knock it down?

hereīs what iīm talking about

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Fiona drove me nuts with the digging to china in her water bowl. It stopped when I bought a bowl holder that came to her chest. She also has a baby pool on the balcony she can dig in to get it out of her system.

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Old 02-09-2013, 09:42 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Oh I had forgotten about "the water bowl is a play thing" phase!!! Stella used to always put her foot in her bowl, stick her head in, dig in her bowl, or tip it over. I had to keep a towel nearby because I was constantly wiping up water. She has stopped that behavior for the most part. Every now and then she will do a little dig or head dive, but that is far and few in between. I just didn't keep water out all the time and I raised her bowl off the floor. I also used ice cubes. I think time usually solves this....

Now if the water bowl is empty or almost empty she will pick it up and throw it around!!!

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Old 02-09-2013, 09:43 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I guess to keep water available all the time, you should go with a water bottle. They make them 'dog size' for in kennels, etc. Just make sure that your pup knows how to get the water out of it. Showing the pup should work. I had a pup that did this. I just kept an eye on him and told him 'NO' every time. He stopped on his own. I've been worried that Grim was going to start this, because he'll take a drink then stare at the bowl as the water runs out of his mouth back into it. He hasn't started anything yet, though. I do always tell him "Don't play in the water!" So I don't know if that's why or not.
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Old 02-09-2013, 09:44 PM   #8 (permalink)
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My dog did that. I got him a 5gal stainless steel bucket and it stopped pretty much. I also bought a cheap, absorb-able entry mat at Home Depot for $3 to put it on. Problem solved.

And, she'll probably outgrow it.
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Dexter did that at first, but yelling no worked after a while. My Maltese mix used to get into the water bowl and lay in it while drinking! Now that was bad. Didn't have to mop the kitchen much when she was a puppy. :-)

I think they grow out of it.
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Any suggestions??!
YES! Get a video of it!

We had one that used to get mouthfuls of water and sling her head back and forth, baptizing the whole kitchen!!
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