Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Western Washington
We used to have this problem with Shasta wanting to drink out of every puddle we came across when it rained. Which is frequently in the Seattle area. To finally break her of this habit (in our area, dogs can contract leptospirosis from drinking puddle water), I secreted a spray bottle of vinegar water in my jacket when we went outside. When she strained towards the first puddle, I told her leave it and gave her a quick squirt from the bottle. She never tried to drink puddle water again. It was uncanny, really; I think she knew all along she wasn't supposed to drink from the puddles (we'd told her "leave it" at least a bazillion times), but she just hadn't seen any downside to it at that point. But she was a little older at the time, about eight months.
Shasta - GSD (4/30/10)
Thor - GSD (3/12/12)
RIP Duchess - Shetland Sheepdog (12/25/88 - 2/14/04)