Our sweet GSD puppy, Gracie, is 9 weeks old. Since we brought her home (at 8 weeks old), she has nearly always drunk from her water bowl with her left front paw in the water bowl. Cute, right?
Well now she takes a couple sips of water and then puts both front paws in the water, and maniacally "digs" with them (think of the motion of a dog's front legs when digging a hole in your yard). Water splashes all over, a tsunami on the hardwood floor, requiring many full size towels to wipe up. Telling her no (more of a sharp "Eh eh!") does nothing, of course, which you'd expect with a pup who has just discovered something new and fun. Lifting her paws out of the water is useless, too, since she puts them back in the bowl as quickly as I can remove them.
So I try putting just a small amount of water in the bowl. She picks it up and tosses it. Still a flood to clean up.
So I try offering water only when I think she wants some, and she still has to dig in the bowl. I try holding the bowl (with just a little water) up to mouth height. She lifts up a paw to push it down or grabs the bowl with her mouth (the only time she's interested in a game of tug, by the way).
I hate not having water out for her at all times. But it's just not possible right now. I swear, I'm ready to mount a giant hamster bottle on the wall near her food bowl!
Any suggestions other than waiting it out? Thanks in advance.