for your dogs? Today was our 1st puppy kindergarten class, and the trainer said to feed twice a day, leaving the food out for maybe 15 minutes, and then taking it up again. I've read that before, so that didn't surprise me. But she also said the same thing about water-said it's not necessary to have water out 24/7. She said the only time the pup needs to drink is at meals, or when playing, etc. She said this also helps when crate training and house training, because you'll have a better idea of when the pup will need to go. I just thought water should always be available (except in the crate, of course) What do you guys do?
I leave my water out all the time and be sure they have enough of it! I don't know why they said that. I was told a couple hours before bed not to give the dog water, but I never listened and the dogs did not have many problems with crate training.
I'm with holiday here, never had a problem with crate training.
I have 4 dogs. My golden and my pug share a large water bowl. My chi has her own and my greyhound has her own. These are all inside. Now mind you they all share out of each other's anyway. Plus I have a huge metal container outside for them at all times and with it being so hot here right now I change the water every morning and afternoon and sometimes at night too, just depending on how much they are outside.
The funny thing is here, with all the water bowls, they all want to drink out of my chi's water. It's like her bowl tastes better or something, lol. Have yet to figure that one out.
Also, if you ever watch animal cops one of the first things they always look for is to see if the dog has fresh water. Food I understand. Some people free feed all day, I don't but water is definately a must, especially here where it is so hot, but I would think anywhere.
Perhaps with pups its different. I had read to pick up water about 7 in the evening. But now I have it down always. Before my pup it was always down. There are times on hot nights one of mine will go get a drink.
If I left water out all the time I'd live under a mountain of urine.
Water comes out after potty trips and in the mornig when they get up. It goes away before bed except for the dogs who sleep out of the crates.
I have several dogs who will drink themselves stupid bowl after bowl after bowl and hvae to pee every 30 minutes for the next day.
No thanks. None of my dogs are dehydrated or suffering. My GSD sips water if I live it down. Every 15 minutes he takes a few sips. He was a horrible water puppy as a baby and would drink bowl after bowl after bowl and he still drinks if its there untill he drinks the entire dish then we have to pee and pee and pee.
whenever i'm housetraining a puppy i only have water out on a schedule, like 5 times per day. it always helped me out with the housetraining. then when they are trained i leave it out all the time. the other animals adjust to drinking on the puppy schedule just fine.
Beau is the only one I've ever had to give water on a schedule, otherwise I seriously doubt he'd be housebroken today!
Once he got the house training down, I reverted to leaving water out all day.
They have complete access to unlimited water when out in the run. They have the waterdog fountain and the kiddie pool in addition to a cool 1 gal. crock of water with ice. Living in S. FL where it's been in the high 90s for over a month now, I'm a bit of a fanatic about making sure they don't get dehydrated or suffer from heat stroke when they're outside and not in the a/c.
I still give them food in the morning and evening, with a bit in the bowl during the day in case they feel like a "snack".
I think it all depends on the circumstances and the dog..
i limit the amount of water harvey drinks if we are going to have a long journey in the car as he does get abit leaky..but i always take some with me when we pull over an take a break~
but when he is at home he has the water bowl down all the time but he only goes to it when he is thirsty not to bathe in it :¬)
Food wise i used to have his food bowl down all day but he would hardly eat anything that way so i removed it and he has it down at about 10am, 1pm and 5pm and it has had made his appetite grow and he seems to eat alot larger meals and consequently is putting on weight
I find that obsurd, to take the water away. Every package of food and every vet will tell you to always have clean, fresh water available for your pup. Especially when they are puppies!! I know my pup soemtiems forgets to drink when we are playing alot, and when he finally does he goes through about a gallon. But he is thirsty alot, especially now in the summer. He always has water available to him. Would you like it if you were only allowed to have a drink with your meals, during this hot weather?
I also leave water down all the time, except when she's crated. Of course I got her as an adult, so the issue of not being able to hold her pee did not apply. I have read that its good to take the water up after 7 or 8 in the evening, and to me that makes sense for puppies and helps with house training. I don't think it hurts for them to go without water for a while as long as they are offered it often enough during the day.
My dog really doesn't drink a whole lot. She's inside a good amount of time. When we go to the park they have a faucet on the ground that I"ll let her drink water from...she loves to drink out of odd places...like in the mornings when I'm getting dressed she'll come lick the faucet in the bathtub, so I'll turn it on and she'll drink from it...she also loves toilet water, but I try to keep the lid shut so she won't drink out of it. She also loves to chew on ice! And when I go visit my mom she drinks out of mom's dogs bowl and he drinks out of hers!
I leave water accessible at all times during the day for my dogs and puppies. In small breed puppies there has been evidence that dehydration can cause heart murmurs and hypoglycemia. I have never had a problem housetraining a puppy. Truthfully, my dogs will get fanatically about a bowl of water if their's has been empty for a while, so I imagine that I would see them drink bowl after bowl if they didn't know if was available at all times. Rapid water consumption can also cause vomiting. Little puppies are going to pee a lot no matter what. It's part of having a puppy. I do pick my water bowls up about 2 hours before bed time so that we can go potty before bed. I live in a very dry, low humidity area and I know that I NEED water a lot so I just assume it works that way for my dogs.
I've always left water out for all my dogs, and I still do with the puppy. I think she knows shen it's time for bed because she will eat a bedtime treat, but won't drink until the next morning after she goes outside to do what's necessary..
This is not a case of taking away the dog's required water, which is unacceptable uner any circumstances.
In my case, Beau was given water every hour and ice as he liked, he was never deprived. Plus the fact that this was when he was indoors, lying around in the a/c. Outdoors he was free to have all the water he liked at anytime.
Since my vet is the one who suggested regulating (NOT limiting) the water comsumption in order to help teach him blader control and since Beau maintained perfect health with a solution to peeing in the house within a few weeks, I believe the vet knew what he was talking about.
As I said at the outset, Beau was the only dog I've ever had to do this with. However, when all else failed, this worked.
It requires a great deal of effort to make sure you provide that water every hour thoughout the day and take them out within a few minutes afterward. However, it was a lot less work and much less frustrating for me than having Beau peeing all over the house all day long.
I give Logan a little bit at a time, and a bowl full when he is eating. Otherwise He gets no water after 8. Once he learns to control his bladder a little better, then I will leave water out all the time, as much as he wants. When we go to the park I have a huge bottle on hand as well as a cup for him. He drinks alot when we walk.
But if you leave the house, and leave him water, you ar etorturing the poor animal, because he wants to hold it in but cant...and you are setting yourself up for some cleaning....
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