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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 09-07-2019, 01:38 PM Thread Starter
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Stupid questions that should be common sense

Just like the title says, I have a stupid question, and when I get feedback, I’ll probably be smacking myself because it’s probably a common sense answer. Feel free to post yours as well!

With the exception of Lyka, our dogs love the water. And they WILL get into it anyway possible. This includes water dishes. We had a large orange tub outside for them that we filled fresh daily. Well, Seiran learned it was the perfect size for a one pup pool. So we stopped filling it up, and there is no water outside now. They have free range of the doggie door, so we aren’t not giving them water, just not outside anymore. We also kept two large bowls of water for them inside. Now Crios, Floki, and Seiran paw (dig) all the water out of the large water bowls, and the tile is soaked again. So I had DH run to the store last night and pick up those self waterer things. 2 1/2 gallons, with a small dish to drink from. Now they just use one paw instead of two to dig the water out, but now they have 2 1/2 gallons of water, times two, to dig out.

Please tell me there is a simple fix to this! We fenced off the pool, changed sized and styles of every water dish know to man, but the tile is still getting soaked. They know they aren’t supposed to, because they only do it if I run to bathroom or become distracted with the kids or DH. So they “hide” the behavior when they aren’t watched. I spent so much time cleaning up spilled water, and it’s driving me nuts. It’s a slip hazard for everyone, and it’s very difficult for me to clean up, I’ve learned the motorized chair and a dry mop work, but not well.

How do you keep water dogs out of their water dishes?!?! With the chickens, we put chicken wire about an inch under the water so they didn’t use it to bath in, but I don’t think that will work for the dogs since they use long tongues to lap it up. I’m just stumped on this one. Short of being vigilant 100% of the time, which is hard with a large family and large pack, is there anything else out there that works?
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Have you tried raising the bowls so that they are in a stand just shy of head high?
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For "those" dogs, I put water bowls outside.
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A deep bucket like the Home Depot orange buckets or the tall kitty litter buckets clipped to something so it won't get knocked over.They can reach down in to drink and possibly get one leg in there if really determined.


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I use a stainless steel bucket, and clip it to something high enough that they canít really get into it. If that doesnít work, then just give up on water bowls outside. If they have access to the water in the house through a dog door, thatís all that matters.
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I trained mine not to play in their food or water dishes. I have a spill proof bowl in the crate for my older dog. I got it at Petco but they donít make it anymore. It looks a lot like this one
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Andddd just as I thought, I’m smacking myself right now. Lifting the bowls is genius and such an easy fix! Thanks guys!!!!
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German Shepherds have drinking problems. I think maybe it's the German. LOL. But no water dishes are allowed in my house. I do use SS buckets and clip them to the fencing and have most of them in horse water bucket holders. But those are on the ground, and I will catch my youngsters with one or both front legs in them, and sometimes they will paddle the water out on themselves. Well, water buckets get filled once a day. If they paddle it out, they maybe be thirsty, but they will not die before tomorrow. It is rare when I come and find a bucket totally empty and dry. I have a swimming pool for Bear and Tinny, and I thought it was only Tinny that liked it but the other day, I saw Bear in the pool. I have a pool for Cujo2, Hepsi, and Kaiah too. Kaiah loves it. The other two, not so much. Uzzi likes it, but she is in with her mother, she is currently the one who has her legs in the water bucket.

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That clip was priceless! And so reminds me of Seiran! The girls left the lid up and door open in their bathroom, and I heard a death scream. Sent DH up to find out what was going on, and it was Seiran, sitting in the toilet as happy as can be. My oldest woke up to use the bathroom and thought it was a huge black spider 😂
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