I was hoping someone would have a suggestion for me on how to control my French Bulldogs drinking habits. He is seven months old and does not know how to balance the amount of intake of water he should have. He has no health problems, I just think he is obsessive and pushy. I keep the water bowl on top of the counter otherwise he will drink the whole thing. I want to keep it down all day but he will finish it all in one sitting. I don't want his bladder to explode. Since I keep it up, when it does come down I think he feels he needs to finish it all before it gets taken away. I don't know how to teach him to slow down and only drink when he really is thirsty. This is not a new habit, he has always been like this. Thanks for the help.
I have two French Bulldogs and they drink all day long. I really don't think you should totally limit his water, he may be an active dog,(hyper) he may need alot of water to digest his food.(dry) I think flat nosed breeds will drink more than most breeds. I would find out from the vet how much water he should be consuming a day, according to his weight and put the measured amount in a jug, into the fridge and split it up for the day. But if hes very active he needs more water than a day at rest. If your only feeding dry than he will drink the most after hes eaten say for the next two hours you'll see him keep going back to the water bowl, . Wet food does have more water in it, so with the wet he may feel less thirsty. There are medical conditions that do make a dog more thirsty, but I doubt this is the problem. Depending on his age feed him once a day if hes an adult, if your around more in the aft/evening hours feed when you get home so you can offer as much water as he wants to digest his food, then as the day starts to end you can take up his water till the next day and his bladder can be emptied before bed. I'd love to hear more about him....
My Piper is like that. She just likes to drink and drink. When she was a small puppy she use to have to go out every hour because of that.I started to put the bowl up until she discovered the toilet bowl.I let her drink.
Well yes, that is part of the problem, he is only seven months and the house training thing is not down to perfection yet. I get so paranoid when he is doing all of that drinking b/c I think "great, now hes probably going to pee in the house." It is so strange though b/c he goes back and forth, back and forth between the rooms for water and then a quick break like he never remembered he drank anything. I truly think he would do that ALL DAY if I kept the dish down. Do you have any tips on housetraining since you have two? He gets soooo distracted, its pretty tough. Do you know how much water a 7 month old should get so I can start balancing it like you said? I have one more question to you Sue. I saw another response you gave to somebody else about Frenchies in general and you mention no rawhides. My guy Capone is obsessed with chewing Nylabones and all others. Do you recommend a certain kind that is not harmful to them? thanks
My dogs have a schedule that I try to keep all the time. Basically every 6 hours min they should have a pee break. But my dogs are 7 and 10 years old. Your little guy will have to go out more often for a bit longer still. With Leeza, when she was around 7, 8 months old, she started going out first thing in the morning say 7 am (she was crated all night). We would go out for about an hour. then she would go out at around 11 then around 2, 5, 7 then 9 pm then she was crated for the night. After a while the times were longer, a bit at a time. I always maintained the same times so her iner clock could tell her when she would be going out. So now we could be sitting in the living room watching tv and Leeza will get up and walk up to me and just stare at me, when I look up at the clock its 10 to 9, which is their pm walk for 1 hour. Then after is their bedtime and both are crated for the night.Males have more urine to share, so Ozzy can urinate more often. I never let him wander around the house unsupervised. He's gated to one room so I will have an easier time watching him. When dogs are able to wander they may pee somewhere and then forget about it. He was definetly harder to train than Leeza. I can't give you a magic solution you just have to be persistant and constant. The water issue I could answer if I was at work (animal Hospital) but I'm at home and don't have access to that info. Just measure the amount he will drink in one day, don't hold back the water. Take that info, plus his weight and age and call up the vets and ask them to find out for you and call you back. You never talked about the diet? The rawhide thing....My rule is if they can chew it and swallow, they don't get it. Rawhides when chewed get soft and very tempting to swallow. Frenchies have big mouths and small throats so the rawhides may get stuck. When I first got Leeza I didn't know!?, the breeder forgot to tell me this and she got some stuck in her throat and turned purple. Luckily I managed to do the hymlick and she hacked up the chew. Ozzy on the other hand (in his previous home) swallowed a whole knot of a raw hide and got it stuck in his throat. He had to have surgery to remove and he also had some in his stomach. All they are allowed to have are real smokey bones, they can chew forever and its safe. I don't have to worry so much.
All Bulldogs are messy drinkers. If he is drinking too much, you need to ration his water. Well, it may just be a habit, or he may really be thirsty all of the time. Well, he may be very thirsty. The water bowl may be too small, or it could be a health problem. He will go to the bathroom beofre his bladder explodes. You are most likely teaching him this behavior. Just keep the water bowl filled all of the time. He may be diabetic. Hope this helps.
I've been told by breeders and vet that all flat-nosed breeds are thirsty dogs. My pugs is 8 months old and he drinks all the times. The vet told me to always have water available to him because if he's thirsty, he needs to be able to drink. I think it will taper off some as yours gets older. Smitty (a pug) is already starting to show signs of not drinking as much. Definitely give him his water....don't deny him the water. Talk to your vet next time you go in and just mention the fact that he's thirsty a lot . He may have a simple answer. Mine did. Diana