> 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.
Maggie - Yellow Lab "Extraordinaire'