how can I help my 5 pound apricot poodle "casey" be more comfortable drinking from his bowl? I think he's afraid of the wave motion he creates when he drinks or he sees his reflection and gets scared. I have to tell him to drink and/or get on the ground and sit beside him. It's just a little rediculous. Any thoughts at what is wrong with him?
I would try using a smaller bowl if you are not already using a little one. You just have to fill it more often.Maye sure it can't move around too. That may be scaring him if he drinks and it slides across the floor. We use a pyrex ramekin for my Mom's poodle and it's just big enough for his little face and it's white. Once his face is in it drinking I can't imagine that he can see his reflection or any waves from drinking. Perry doesn't have any issues with water, it's just what I bought for her to use with him. But he does have a lot of other irrational fears that are hard to explain and impossible to break him of.
I was thinking a white bowl would be good. Cause you cant really see any reflection or waves. My dog has a silly problem like that. I have the bowl that refills with an upside down bottle. And everytime they drink bubbles go up in the bottle and it makes noise. And of all my dogs, its the biggest one that is afraid of it. LOL. So I have to have another bowl for her on the other side of the gate.
I think the fact that you're sitting down and trying to persuade him to drink is probably making things worse. Sometimes when you reassure a dog's fears you make them think that there's actually something to worry about, or even more to be afraid of. Put the water in the bowl, leaave it and ignore your dog when he drinks. When he's thirsty he'll drink.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.