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 Post subject: Getting her to drink
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:30 pm 
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We have a dilemma. Daisy won't drink water inside from a bowl. We have tried all different shapes of bowls, warm water, cold water, ice cubes. She will drink water that has collected in puddles and sundry junk outside and the pond or river. When I pour water into a receptacle she will drink from the stream but once its in a bowl, no way. Often times she'll wake up with a very dry mouth, making weird noises and beg to go out to find water.
Any suggestions as to what might work. She has been suffering in the heat but I think winter will be worse for her unless we find a solution to the water thing.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
PostPosted: Wed Aug 27, 2014 5:59 pm 
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This isn't very practical, I know...but Oliver only drinks from the bathtub. :tg If he gets REALLY thirsty and I entice him with ice cubes, he'll think about drinking from a bowl. But otherwise, nope. He goes to the bathroom and whines until I turn the faucet on. It's a weird thing that he learned long ago.

Have you thought of using a pet fountain? I've heard they can be tricky to clean, but some animals love them.

http://www.amazon.com/Drinkwell-Platinu ... t+fountain


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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
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Jennie prefers moving water to still, so I got a Raindrop water fountain at Petco and she loves it. It is stainless and pretty easy to clean. It pumps the water from a large bottom bowl and then it flows back down a little stream into the bowl. She usually drinks from the stream, except when I add ice cubes... then she likes to lick them in the bowl.

She also LOVES to drink from the sprinkler or the hose (with the nozzle set on a small spray).

My cousin brought her Cocker Gracie by today so the girls could have a spa day together. Gracie also drank from the fountain rather than the bowl.

Here's Jennie getting a drink...
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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
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Bottle water...she might smell the chlorine in tap

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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
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Yes, I would also guess that she smells something in it. Do you have city water, or well water?
And have you tried different kinds of bowls?

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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
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Chris Gomes wrote:
Yes, I would also guess that she smells something in it. Do you have city water, or well water?
And have you tried different kinds of bowls?


This is a fair point, some dogs hate plastic, for example.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
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Maybe it's what the bowl has been washed/dried with :dk My Mr. Freckles won't drink from his normal water bowl if it is rinsed and dried with a paper towel.....I have to use a cloth towel that has been washed with his bedding.......go figure :dk

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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
PostPosted: Sat Aug 30, 2014 6:10 pm 
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We are on a well and she will drink the water from the tap outside but not inside. She'll drink from the public dog bowl at the pub but not a plastic bowl at home. The one bowl that she will drink from both inside and out is an old birdbath which, unfortunately, has a crack in it. Doesn't hold water very well or for very long.
My husband picked up new bowls for us and I put one outside. She seems to like that one, so far so good. We'll try it for awhile then bring it in and see how that goes.
Thanks for all your help. This adventure with her has presented a lot of little problems. Thank heavens she is healthy and well behaved. She just has some quirks that we find out about daily and are doing our best to work around. She freely tells us what she wants and needs and has a huge vocabulary but we are not very fluent in cocker yet.


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 Post subject: Re: Getting her to drink
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Try stainless.


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