Should a puppies water bowl always be full?

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Old 07-22-2012, 11:33 AM
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Should a puppies water bowl always be full?

My puppy is just 3 months old and during the month I have had her I have always regulated how much water she should intake throughout the day. She takes in a few ounces of water with her 3 meals, and two smaller portions in between those times equaling out to 9 times a day. She unloads a good amount on her potty breaks and its never been a dark yellow, but I wouldn't say its close to being on the clear side either.

It seems that every source on the net that I find on the topic always insists that fresh water should always be available to your puppy, as they need a ton of water. I started out that way when I first got her but it always seemed that she would always drink off more then she could take, and throw it up shortly after. It looked like she was the same with food, she just never stopped. She threw up water after she drank more than a handful of times before I started to regulate how much she drinks.

I was wondering if anyone had the same issue with compulsive drinking and if its just something a puppy will get over. I took her in to the vet for a round of shots a couple weeks ago and the Vet-Aide told me that my puppy (at 12 lbs) should be intaking a ounce of water per pound a day. Does that seem right?

For her lunch today I was thinking about reintroducing a full bowl of water to her and see how she reacts. And if i feel like shes drinking more than she should I'll take it away from her. I've read about the tell tale signs of dog dehydration and she displays none of them.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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i regulate my puppy too, otherwise he pisses all over he house
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I always keep fresh water out for my dogs and never withhold it from them. If I was housebreaking a puppy I'd probably pick the water up an hour or two before bedtime if I was having trouble housebreaking him.

Try leaving the water down at all times and when the puppy starts drinking more then he should distract him. That's what I do with my dog.

Shadow, every now and then, will start drinking way more in one sitting then he should (he's a senior dog not a puppy) and what I'll do is call him away from the bowl, once he's away from it he doesn't go back to drink more until he's thirsty again usually an hour or two later.
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Try leaving the water down at all times and when the puppy starts drinking more then he should distract him. That's what I do with my dog.
Just curious, but I'm wondering how you know how much your puppy should or wants to drink?

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Would YOU want YOUR water available only at times when someone else wanted you to have it...don't think so. Seems silly to limit the intake of such a necessary ingredient to life.


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I always keep fresh water out for my dogs and never withhold it from them. If I was housebreaking a puppy I'd probably pick the water up an hour or two before bedtime if I was having trouble housebreaking him.
^would be the only time i limit water....

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Well Shadow's elderly and I know how much he usually drinks and how long he usually takes to drink. Every now and then he'll, for no reason, drink way more then his usual amount. He'll drink and drink and drink and.... If I don't distract him he will throw up. If he went right back to the water after I called him I'd think he was still thirsty, but he never does. If he consistently drank that much I'd think he was sick but he doesn't .
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I never ever limit my dog's water, especially because it's always so hot where we live. She has a bowl in my room she drinks from at night. When she was a baby i'd pick up her water bowl about 2 hours before bed, but never during the day
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for the OP....

Would YOU want YOUR water available only at times when someone else wanted you to have it...don't think so. Seems silly to limit the intake of such a necessary ingredient to life.



if we are comparing puppies to humans than I would say would you give a child endless supply of food/drink? you limit them to teach them. If I gave my puppy an endless supply of water he would be peeing on the floor every ten minutes (tried it and that's what happened)
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My dogs can drink all they want during the day but do not have bowls of water in with them in their crates where they sleep, at night.
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if we are comparing puppies to humans than I would say would you give a child endless supply of food/drink?
as water is the subject, no, i wouldn't.


I suppose i am blessed to have had dogs that had bladder control at an early age!

Rocky always had the biggest bowls of water available to him. The problem with bowls are they turn to slime after one drinking session. That issue led me to install the lixit which provides a fresh stream of water at will. After he got the lixit, he was very happy. They have one at the dog park and he figured it out the first time, so that gave me the idea to put one at home.
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I would not limit your puppies water during the day but taking it up an hour or 2 before bed time is okay while your working on potty training. If your puppy is drinking that much most likely she needs it and you could cause the problem to worsen since she know can learn that she better get as much water as possible now cause she won't have any later. She will learn to regulate herself.
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