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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2018, 10:21 AM Thread Starter
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Digging in her water bowl

So we’ve had Pepper for just over 5 weeks now, and she was doing perfectly fine with her water bowl. We had one of the large ones with a 3 gallon plastic reservoir. Well, lately we’ve had to take it away from her. Out of nowhere, she started digging in it like a fiend, and three gallons can make a mighty mess. We tried giving it back to her later when she calmed down, but even calm, she started digging like a madwoman. Finally, I removed the reservoir altogether, and left only an inch of water in the bowl. Even so, she’ll dig in whatever little water is in the bowl. We’ve had to resort to holding a small cup of water in our hands every time she needs a drink, then taking it when she stops drinking and starts trying to play. That’s going to get old very fast, and honestly, I want her to have access to unlimited water whenever she wants.

We tried buying her a kiddie pool, thinking maybe it was the water she liked, but she wanted nothing to do with it, kept hopping out every time we tried to get her in, even when it was less than a quarter full.

Any suggestions on what to try next?
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First, don't give her 3 gallons at a time. No way will she drink that in one day. Second, give her a bowl and let her drink. When she starts to play in it, simply tell her no and take it away.
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Zelda used to do the same thing as a puppy, she out grew the habit. I just put her water bowl outside for her to drink.

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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2018, 02:29 PM
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Yeah as Jax said, give her a smaller bowl and take it away if/when she starts to play in it. Won't happen overnight, but she'll catch on! It's not an uncommon behavior for whatever reason, but just discourage it and she should stop.

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2018, 03:40 PM
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In addition to the above, I'd also put the kiddie pool back out but only put an inch or so of water in it. Don't put her in the pool, just let her play and putter in/around it as she likes. I don't think it's a bad thing to teach pups that some behavior (digging in water) is okay in certain circs (outside in the pool, at the beach) but not in others (inside in the water dish).

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My pup Dean is 15 weeks old and has started to do this too. We have a metal bowl and only give him a little at a time, and even if it's almost empty, he digs it all out. And it wouldn't be so bad if our whole house wasn't carpeted lol
He also has a kiddie pool outside that he could care less about, unless I toss treats in it, then it becomes fun lol
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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-11-2018, 09:13 PM
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What everyone else said, but your puppy will grow out of it. Mine did it. I think they all do it LOL!.

It's like little kids blowing bubbles in their milk with a straw for them!

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