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Old 10-09-2015, 11:50 AM
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German Shepherd drinks all the water (leaves none for other dog)

Hi everyone.

My German Shepherd is 2 years old. He's a kind, obedient dog and he gets along great with my other 4 year old Golden Retriever. There's just one problem. We put bowls of water outside and inside for them to drink. However, my German Shepherd just drinks all of the water and leaves none for the other dog.

It doesn't matter how much water is in the bowl, he'll actually lay down in front of the bowl and drink all of it just so my other dog won't have any. When I put two bowls, he just drinks both of them. It's not him being thirsty because when the other dog isn't around he doesn't drink all of it (for example if my Golden Retriever's gone to the vets and he's the only dog in the house). I have to close the door when he's drinking outside and give my Golden Retriever a separate bowl inside, because I worry he's not getting enough water.

He also makes such a mess when he's drinking, he nearly puts his entire head into the water. Sometimes he drinks so fast he throws up after. My other dog isn't messy at all and drinks the normal way. I don't know how to solve the issue.

I'd be grateful for any advice!
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Old 10-09-2015, 01:05 PM
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My roommates GSD does this, and it's been very aggravating. I leave my dogs in the yard while I'm at work, and she'll drain their water so they have none all day. Luckily, my dogs are all small, so I cut a hole in a big plastic tub and put the water bowl in there so the GSD can't get it.

But in your situation, I would try an automatic waterer. I've seen many different ones that you attach to the hose so they always stay full.
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If the dog is really drinking excessively I'd be bringing him to the vet and doing a full workup to ensure that nothing physical is wrong. Anything from diabetes to kidney issues can cause excessive drinking. "Two bowls" is a pretty abstract amount, so it's hard to say whether that's too much or not enough water. But do be aware that there are medical conditions that can increase thirst, and that it is possible to drink too much water.

Now, assuming it's not medically related I'd suggest either adding more water bowls (more than two large ones) and/or and automatic waterer. I have one with a large reservoir that holds more water than any reasonable dog can drink in one sitting...
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I had some clients once that had to use a 10 gallon bucket, get two of those and put them at least 20 feet apart and I don't think he would be able to drink all of that. Just remember they have to be cleaned just as often as a regular water bowl.
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