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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Watering the pack question.

I have three dogs and two cats who share the same water bowl. I "had" a "pet mate le bistro waterer". Apparently they emptied it and chewed it up. I was thinking about buy a larger one but I was afraid they might chew that one up too. I have been using a metal bowl. The problem is when it gets close to being empty the boy picks it up spilling the rest accross the floor to bring it to me (as if to say "we need another round"). Any ideas for a watering vessel that will supply the pack w/ enough water durring the hot summer and not get spilled or chewed?
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Re: Watering the pack question.

I use ice cream buckets and fill them twice a day in the summer. If that's still not enough, put out more buckets.

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Re: Watering the pack question.

I have two water containers in the house, and if one is running empty, the dogs are pretty good about going to the one that is still full. Maybe you could add a second bowl in a different location to give them more options?

We have a stainless steel bowl in the kitchen, next to the cat food, and a stainless steel bucket downstairs between the dog crates. One of our crates is one of the new VariKennels that has the extra hole to tie it down, and I have a big hook there to hold the bucket by the handle, so the dogs can't pick it up or try to knock it over. That's been working pretty well.

My friend Laura has outdoor kennels for her dogs, and she uses large buckets, standing inside little wooden (like 2x4) "boxes" so the buckets can easily be lifted up by a person, but it's hard for the dogs to knock them over or drag them out.

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post #4 of 15 (permalink) Old 07-16-2009, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Watering the pack question.

Thanks.
2 larger bowls is a good idea.
Now I need to get some large mats so we stop slipping on that majic combo of dripped water and saliva that the boy leaves in the kitchen.
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Originally Posted By: HistorianWe have a stainless steel bowl in the kitchen, next to the cat food, and a stainless steel bucket downstairs between the dog crates. One of our crates is one of the new VariKennels that has the extra hole to tie it down, and I have a big hook there to hold the bucket by the handle, so the dogs can't pick it up or try to knock it over. That's been working pretty well.

My friend Laura has outdoor kennels for her dogs, and she uses large buckets, standing inside little wooden (like 2x4) "boxes" so the buckets can easily be lifted up by a person, but it's hard for the dogs to knock them over or drag them out.
These are darn good advices which I'm about to take. My little spoiled brat has a problem keeping the water in place and would always as soon as I turn my back, flip the bowl and get the water all over the place. I ended up mopping indoors and flushing the dog runs outdoor. This is such a constant time waster for me. LOL..

Where did you friend buy the water buckets for outdoors?

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Re: Watering the pack question.

I have the removable ceramic crock from an old crock pot that I use outside during the summer (will crack if it freezes in the winter). It holds over 1 gallon and is heavy. The dogs don't seem to like to try to pick it up with their teeth and haven't knocked it over yet. The crock seems to keep the water a little cooler too. You can get the crocks at Thrift Shops and yards sales fairly cheap.

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I'll keep an eye out for those crocks.
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I get these at the Tractor Supply Company, in the horse products:



In four years since I started using them, my dogs have never been able to dump their water. Paddle it out, yeah, but not dump it.

Only in the dead of winter do I allow a bucket of water in my house. Shepherds all have drinking problems.

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Just leave the toilet lid up and teach them to flush for fresh water!

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Cool. What are they called?
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