I'm currently feeding our basset hound puppy (almost 10 weeks old) three times a day. When he finishes eating, I take away his bowl and take him outside to go to the bathroom.
My question is, should a puppy be allowed free access to water at all times (this is what I'm doing) or should they be given certain times in which they're able to drink?
I always thought that if a puppy is thirsty, it should be able to drink. Our pup seems to have to urinate a lot, though, and I wondered if limiting his availability to water might help, or if it would do more harm. Can anyone help me? I'm not willing to limit his access to water unless I hear some good responces - I don't mean any offense, I just think that denying a growing puppy something should have a good reasoning behind it. I've read a lot about the feeding of puppies, but not so much about the water.
You are right in not limiting his water intake. I guess everyone does things different but I even leave them dry food down all the time. Mine are older than yours of course but I feed them at a certain time. (one is diabetic) and then I leave the kibble out all the time. In fact my vet said that is the way he does his dogs. But, as far as the water I would always leave it down for him. Little puppies are going to tee tee more than older dogs anyway. Just take him out when he drinks. Its like when they are little everything just goes straight through them anyway.
If I were to limit his water intake, what's the best way to do it? At certain times, or when he seems thirsty?
A few nights ago, we took him to play (socialize!) with our friend's miniature poodles. They had a lot of fun, but in the middle of the night when I took him from his crate to outside when he started crying, and I tried to bring him back in afterwards, he went crazy when I went past the refrigerator (the fridge is where I keep his water and food bowls). I realized that the reason he was freaking out was because he was THIRSTY, D***IT!!!
And I let him down and he drank the whole bowl. I guess I trust his ability to tell when he is thirsty more than his ability to tell when he's hungry.
i always have fresh water down for my dogs. even when they were puppies. it was fairly easy to potty train mine. (although tiger lily is a totally different story). i have a large master bath off my bedroom. i limited them to those two rooms. i kept their food and water in my bedroom and the potty pads in the bathroom. when i first started allowing them into other parts of the house, they had accidents here and there, but they did finally learn the pads. now they go outside to potty. they play so hard sometimes that i think limiting their water intake would be harmful to them. they dont drink alot at one time either. they make several short trips to the water bowls.
oooh that's a tough one. If you are having a difficult time with potty training, it may be necessary. I don't think too much damage would be done as long as you are offering water 4-5 times a day, and letting him drink his fill. It would be hard to dehydrate him if he had access to water 5 times a day. But after he drinks you can then take him out.
I would never limit the intake of water, they may have to go more, but as they get older they will be able to hold "it" longer, maybe by limiting the water it'll go gung ho on the it when it is given free reign and then it'll be big pee not little pee spots. Our Chi is about 10 weeks now and she has always had water and she is getting better and better with holding her pee longer. She use to pee every 10 mins. I swear, but now she is going about every 1-2 hrs.
I always leave water out and I did when they were puppies. I did not put any in the crate at night though. If they want out to go potty and then want water before they went back in the crate, I let them go to their bowl.
I found that dental bones and some treats sometimes made them thirsty at night so they would get up and drink. I try to limit those kinds of things when it gets closer to bed time.
I have always heard you should always keep water for your puppy so I would be afraid to limit it too much. Just maybe not during the night when you are all sleeping. That worked out fine for us.
A puppy with constant access to water is a puppy that is going to be hard to housebreak.
I give water before going outside. If outside for an extended period of time water is avaliable. My current crews water bucket is outside and they drink when they go out.
My puppies have access to water until I start crating them. Then they have access when they are put outside.
No one drinks during the night unless they decided to sleep outside.
In the winter I put water down after they come in from being outside.
Free access means sipping. Sipping means a constnat need to pee. You have to teach bladder control and you can't do that effectively when they are drinking 2 gallons of water a day just becuase it is there.
YIKES !!!!! this is a no brainer!!! Never leave a dog in a car when the temp is over 65 degrees and never take the water away. Restricting it's intake at night while crated is one thing, but to remove water is careless and abusive. One may forget to replace the bowl when it's OK to have it and the poor thing goes without. If you are haiving problems with urinating in the house, CRATE it. and leave the water bowl full so when you let it out of the crate it has water available...it's too easy to forget to put the bowl back down....
Most animals natrually do not have constant access to water. Pet animals have more access to water then is natrual. Many dogs drink water from boredom or the fun of doing ir or just becuase its there.
We're not talking about watering a dog once a day. We are talking about not having baby puppies decide on how many gallons they wish to drink. I raise all of my dgos inside, and once they re old enough to be crated I stop giving them constnat access to water. They do not need to have water whenever the fancy hits them.
Some dogs are water puppies, some are not. If you have a reliable schedule and they know where their water is, they don't stress about it. If you forget to put the water down thats your own stupid fault.
I have a Jack Russell female. She is always thirsty but when we give her more than a 1/4 cup of water she vomits. She also urinates excessively when we let her drink her fill. She's 1 year old now and the vomit after drinking hasn't stopped. I'd like to know what the normal amount of water she needs is, so we can spread it out over the day for her. I'd love to leave water down all the time, but it seems impossible for her to manage that. I had heard that some JRs have a disorder of the stomach or digestive track that makes them do this. Does anyone know? Thanks in advance...
I think as a general rule puppies should have free access to water. You don't specify if your dog is housetrained. When I got my dog at 3 months he was already paper trained, so we chose a spot indoors, put down a cot liner (great for puppies as has plastic backing), took him to the spot repeatedly and he took to it straight away, yes he pee'd a lot, that is to be expected with a small puppy - by 4+ months I made a really big effort to get up very early every morning and also late afternoon would take him out to get him used to the idea of eliminating outside at a regular hour. We are fortunate that we are home during the day so our dogs spend most of the day outside. Our second dog has proven more difficult to housebreak, she still occasionally pee's on the floor indoors (but mostly in the room where she sleeps) other times I think this is more from excitement.
I think it's important to make a fuss and reward your dog when he/she eliminates outside so they associate their action with desirable behaviour, I also found repeating "go potty" when he was eliminating helped him understand what I was asking of him. I raised my voice and used the word "naughty" for undesirable behaviour, however this only really works when you catch them in the act! For the time being the more often you can take him outside for short spells the better, of course depending on your free time.
my pup lives indoors with us and I trained him to go outside by constantly watching him and scooping him up everytime he looked like squatting, and then putting him outside. loads of praise and treats when he 'went'. it has taken three weeks and total exhaustion on my part, but he is asking to go out all the time now. He is eleven weeks old. He has always had access to water and goes all through the night until six in the morning (he is crated at night)