Water dish, or water fountain?

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Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by harv.. » Wed, 07 Aug 1996 04:00:00



My 14 week old Lab/Dobe puppy has decided that her
water dish is much more fun as a wading pool.  When
she's had enough to drink, she proceeds to dig
enthusiastically in the dish, spraying water everywhere
and emptying the dish.

I've seen lots of suggested solutions to yard digging,
but have never run across this problem.  Any suggestions?

She is crated according to suggested schedules (Kilcommons,
etc), but apparently wants to be a synchronized swimmer
during play time.

Occasionally she'll flip the dish over, intensifying the flood.  
Has anyone found a practical way to anchor dishes to a vinyl floor?

(She shares the house with another dog, so I like to keep
the water dish clean and full throughout the day, although
for the sake of housetraining, she's limited after about
8 pm.)

Harvey

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by Ann Adamc » Wed, 07 Aug 1996 04:00:00



Quote:
>My 14 week old Lab/Dobe puppy has decided that her
>water dish is much more fun as a wading pool.  When
>she's had enough to drink, she proceeds to dig
>enthusiastically in the dish, spraying water everywhere
>and emptying the dish.

Skye - my 10 month old lab/something puppy does the same thing, only she
likes to dunk her head in as well if the dish is deep enough.  The dog park
we visit has a jumbo dish pan for a water dish and most of the labs and
lab mixes play in it.

About all I can suggest is to give Havoc a large water dish or dishpan outside,
and teach her that she can play in that one but not in the one in the house.  
Using a smaller dish for the inside water might help.  I have the kind that
has a shallow dish and holds 2 soda bottles to resupply the dish with fresh
water.  

Oh, and don't be too surprised if your other dog starts to play in the water
too.  My other dog learned the joys of water-dish playing from watching Skye
do it...  ;>

Good luck and enjoy your new pal!

-Ann & the girls (Maggie, Mango, & Poppy - DSH mutt cats; Kylie - APBT/GSD/Lab?;
                        and Skye - Lab/GSD/Collie?)

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by Jim La » Thu, 08 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

> My 14 week old Lab/Dobe puppy has decided that her
> water dish is much more fun as a wading pool.  When
> she's had enough to drink, she proceeds to dig
> enthusiastically in the dish, spraying water everywhere
> and emptying the dish.
> My Lab has done a similar thing her whole life.  When she's fetching or

otherwise playing outside and starts to get hot and tired then she heads
to the water dish.  She steps in with both front feet and starts
'digging'.  When she's done the water dish is empty, and more importantly
her belly is wet.

In my case this seems to be the desired result.  To get the belly wet so
that she can go lay down on the cool concrete in the garage with a nice
wet belly.  This way she can cool off.

Luckily for me she has never done this in her inside water dish.  Only
outside and only when playing and getting hot.

I have noticed one thing that might be of help.  One day I had filled a
small bucket with water for the dogs (ours and the neighbors Lab play
together regularly).  The bucket was big enough for them to get their
head in but obviously deeper than your standard little water dish.

After some vigourous play she headed over to the bucket and she stepped
in and tried to start 'digging' only to find out that the bucket was to
tight of a fit and she couldn't get her feet and legs moving like she
wanted.  She got frustrated with it in about 10 seconds and never tried
it again the rest of the afternoon.

So after rambling on, here's my possible solution.  Since anchoring
only keeps from tipping the bowl but the 'digging' throws water all
over the place, what you really want is to atry to change the
behavior.  Try something thats big enough for the head and deeper like
10-15".  At first you'll want to anchor it, but once the pup finds out
that this particular "bowl" is no good for 'digging' then you shouldn't
even have to anchor it anymore.

Jim Law
Maggie - Yellow Lab "Extraordinaire'

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by JanHBer » Thu, 08 Aug 1996 04:00:00


Quote:

>My 14 week old Lab/Dobe puppy has decided that her
>water dish is much more fun as a wading pool.  When
>she's had enough to drink, she proceeds to dig
>enthusiastically in the dish, spraying water everywhere
>and emptying the dish.

Our Puppy Kindergarten class had 6 or 7 different breeds of puppies and 5
golden retrievers.  When we went into the fenced field for class, one of
the goldens would IMMEDIATELY go to the big water bucket full of clean,
fresh water and dig like crazy, even to the point of getting half her body
in the bucket.  Her owner was not too thrilled, but it was fun to watch.
NONE of the other dogs did anything similar, just drank the (grassy,
sandy) water!  Guess they were too busy running madly around playing.
Curious.

Jan & Skye (I just drink it) & the Misses Abiquiu & Onyx (keep us away!!)

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by Mike Folen » Fri, 09 Aug 1996 04:00:00


|> My 14 week old Lab/Dobe puppy has decided that her
|> water dish is much more fun as a wading pool.  When
|> she's had enough to drink, she proceeds to dig
|> enthusiastically in the dish, spraying water everywhere
|> and emptying the dish.
|>

     Well, some other folks have written with some suggestions,
 but this reminded me of what our 'little one', Star, does.

     She will dunk her paws in the water dish.  She will bat the
 full dish around the kitchen floor (must think it's neat to
 have water over -most- of the floor).  She will bat the empty
 water dish around until we refill it (must be her way of asking
 for a drink of water.  It works.)

     And, she will stick her Golden snout into the water bowl and
 blow bubbles out her nose.  It took us a while to figure out what
 in the world she was doing.

     Sometimes, I think the whole 'wet-the-paws' routine is to help
 cool herself off.  Othertimes, she's just playing.

     All we have done so far is mop up the splashes with some towels
 and tell her "No splash"  if she keeps doing it.

     Ahh, Goldens ...

--
       ***** These are my opinions.  Get your own. :-) *****
      Michael Folenta          | U.S. Army ARDEC
 Concepts and Analysis Branch  | Picatinny Arsenal, NJ 07806-5000

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by Wallac » Fri, 09 Aug 1996 04:00:00


I have just adopted a Blue Weimerimer named Gretchen, who is almost 2
years old.  She gets along great with the kids and our little Sheltie,
Shannon.  My main concern with this new dog is that she was emotionally
abused.  She was sent to hunting school for three or four months
before she was a year old and then upon returning home never bonded with
her family.  They left her day after day in a kennel (where she couldn't
even see into the house).  

In trying to train this dog I need to know what commands would have been
given in hunting school that would be different that general obedience
training?  I have noticed that she heels for a while and then wants to
range.  If the kids get in front of her while she is on a leash she cries
(barks) -- like she needs to be in front of them.  It would really help
to know what she may have already be taught that is contrary to what I
want her to know.  We don't hunt - so I am only interested in having an
emotionally stable and well mannered companion.  She is very ***,
turns her head away when we are correcting her (perhaps someone was
too heavy handed?) It appears (sometimes) like she is not interested or
is just ignoring us!

Also, this dog has to be under my ***constantly!  She will not let me
walk into another room by yourself.  She wants to sleep on your lap (and
she is a huge dog!)....I have been very patient because she is thriving
on attention but I also do not want her to become even more emotionally
crippled.  Is it too late?  I have heard that this breed is like this
(wanting to be with it's master)-- but to this extent???

Please help us with suggestions on how to stop her from digging and
chewing on bushes, trees and plastic!  How much longer will all this
last!  When will she be full grown?  She still acts like a huge puppy!

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by Ruth G. May » Sun, 11 Aug 1996 04:00:00


I had a dog who never learned to drink from a bowl properly- he bit the
water and created large floods.  The problem was solved by installing a
Lixit on a tap in the bathroom wall, with a pan underneath to catch the
overflow.  It worked like a charm, and the tap is really handy for filling
buckets too.

Ruth and Bill Mays


Quote:
> My 14 week old Lab/Dobe puppy has decided that her
> water dish is much more fun as a wading pool.  When
> she's had enough to drink, she proceeds to dig
> enthusiastically in the dish, spraying water everywhere
> and emptying the dish.

> I've seen lots of suggested solutions to yard digging,
> but have never run across this problem.  Any suggestions?

> She is crated according to suggested schedules (Kilcommons,
> etc), but apparently wants to be a synchronized swimmer
> during play time.

> Occasionally she'll flip the dish over, intensifying the flood.  
> Has anyone found a practical way to anchor dishes to a vinyl floor?

> (She shares the house with another dog, so I like to keep
> the water dish clean and full throughout the day, although
> for the sake of housetraining, she's limited after about
> 8 pm.)

> Harvey

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by Bob6 » Tue, 13 Aug 1996 04:00:00



writes:

Quote:
>Please help us with suggestions on how to stop her from digging and
>chewing on bushes, trees and plastic!  How much longer will all this
>last!  When will she be full grown?  She still acts like a huge puppy!

This dog you mean still is untrained. This is all due to the last owner's
mistakes, ignorance or neglect. This dog does have special needs. It may
be better to get some inperson help so methjods can be based on an
evaluation of you, and dog. This CANNOT be done online. Talk with local
rescue and see who they can recommend.

Bob Maida
Manassas,Va

 
 
 

Water dish, or water fountain?

Post by L. Wrigh » Wed, 14 Aug 1996 04:00:00


My new pup, Margo, does this! I'm still trying to figure out what kind
of mix she is, but there must be some water-loving dog in her because
she loves to dig in her water dish -- or in any standing water. We're
having a drought here in Austin, but it recently rained and runoff
from the house put about 10 inches of water in my lawn cart.
Yesterday, I found she had jumped up in the lawn cart and was just
digging and splashing and having a high ole time. What a weirdo.