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Talking Is your water dish a toy too?!

So my Ollie has recently started 'digging' in the water bowl... He's 9 weeks old and this dish(we have a few water dishes throughout the house) is huge, we've got 4 dogs and 3 cats and I refill them many times a day, lol.

I was really hoping he'd like water as we frequent the beach a lot and our golden LOVES it. Well I guess, be careful what you wish for.

Now none of my other dogs do this do I'm guessing this may be a GSD thing, I think I've read a few similar stories? I need to have my camera ready next time.

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Time to buy a plastic sandpit for your baby. A staffy we had loved to play in the water and her shell she loved.


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Beau sure does that. And he is grown. He usually dumps them and carries them around so I use a stainless stock pot and that seems to work.

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Lexi does this. It's a nightmare. She just digs and digs in her bowl. It ends up EVERYWHERE. Then she quite happily carries it around, spilling what was left in the bowl. We usually stop her before she gets to that point, but she's getting sneaky :P

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I got mine a fountain water bowl. There really is no room to dig and its not easy to pick up. But when I go anywhere with her and she is offered water I have to watch her because she will tip the bowl.....and she doesn't like water in the swimming sense at all.

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Kira did this once...splashed around and managed to flip the bowl. Being metal she saw her reflection and went all goofy lol Most of the time, our kitten Caesar, joins her at the bowl and they both drink together trying to squeeze the other out of the way...priceless
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OH YES!!! Ky would dig in hers, dump it, carry it around, roll it, growl at it, tackle it ... it was hilarious ...

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Oh lord, lol! Well he hasn't started carrying it around yet but the bowl is just as big as he is and maybe that's the issue. I'm hesitant to do my big scrub of the hardwood floors in the living room now because of his antics. LOL

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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old 11-07-2012, 01:20 AM
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I've had shepherds dump it, carry the bowl around, etc. Right now the only thing Grim does is watch intently (TOO intently) as the water dribbles back out of his mouth into the bowl. I have a feeling this is going to progress into digging, spilling, etc. I'm staying on top of it, though, by telling him "do NOT play in the water!" each time he starts focusing on that water dribble. He has sat in his water and food bowls several times causing a mess... or just running into them or backing into them. Having them against a wall doesn't save them from an uncoordinated pup!

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Arexa does it outside but inside I trained her not too. All I did is tell her "NO" a few times and she never did it again..

Outiside she thinks its a toy, she spills all the water with both of her paws and then she lays in the puddle. I think dogs do that when they feel hot, thats how they cool themselves by putting their paws in cool water.
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