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?