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Old 12-11-2012, 05:28 AM
 
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Have you ever experienced anything like this?

I recently began taking my dogs to the dog park every day. My Australian Shepherd runs herself to the point of foaming at the mouth, but she refuses to drink the water. I worry because I know she is really hot.

At home, when we play, I keep a big bowl of fresh water nearby, and she is constantly getting drinks.

At first I thought maybe the water had a strange taste, so I brought water from home along with her own drinking bowl. She still refused to drink.

I fully expect her to dive into the water bowl as soon as we get home, but she doesn't. She waits a while, and then she drinks a ton of water. This behavior seems very strange to me.

I'm really beginning to worry about dehydration while she's at the park.

Is my Australian Shepherd just being a water snob?

Anybody have any ideas? Advice?

Katie
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:04 PM
 
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I have working dogs who get very excited and don't want to drink but they need to.

I actually have a command = "Drink" kind of like teaching potty you catch them drinking and you name it and reward. You can take up the water at home for awhile and offer it to her and her reward is the drink.

Another thing I sometimes do (say when they are done working and I want to leave them with some water) is throw some food in the water - a few kibbles. They will drink to get to the food.

Some folks use dog hydration beverages for the sold purpose of getting their dogs to drink.

Obviously if the dog is running around you want to offer small amounts at any given time so they dont run into issues with the stomach. .....
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:28 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Sorry I have to laugh as there is an aussie that comes to our dog park and is in the pack that my dogs play with. When she was a puppy she got sick so the vet suggested it might be the water at the dog park so told them not to let her drink it so the owner started bringing her own water and bowl and of course they pull it out and all the other dogs in our pack want that water too. When the owner realized none of the other dogs have gotten sick and they do drink the water at the dog park from the community bowl she stopped bringing water but by then her dog had learned not to drink from that community bowl.

Guess you just can't win sometimes.
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Old 12-11-2012, 08:30 PM
 
Location: Sarasota, FL
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THis is funny, because My dog will drink water ONLY AT the Dog Park! She won't touch it at home. Bowl is out all the time, but can't get her to drink. UNLESS I drop some Tripe into her water - then she'll fish the Tripe out of there.
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Old 12-12-2012, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Lakeside. Of course.
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My Aussie girl is a water snob, too. She won't drink the dog park water, nor the water at the trainer's house. I bring bottled Spring Water and a bowl. I offer her a drink when we get back to the car. She seems to be OK with this.
Personally, I don't blame her. LOL!

I had a mutt that, whenever we brought her home from the kennel, would drink a TON of water. So, whenever we went out of town and left her there, I would take a gallon jug of water from home (along with her own food.) From then on, she wasn't as thirsty when she got home from the kennel.
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Old 12-12-2012, 12:49 PM
 
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My Aussie girl is a water snob, too. She won't drink the dog park water, nor the water at the trainer's house. I bring bottled Spring Water and a bowl. I offer her a drink when we get back to the car. She seems to be OK with this.
Personally, I don't blame her. LOL!

I had a mutt that, whenever we brought her home from the kennel, would drink a TON of water. So, whenever we went out of town and left her there, I would take a gallon jug of water from home (along with her own food.) From then on, she wasn't as thirsty when she got home from the kennel.
My Aussie won't drink the water at the dog park but will eat dog poop every chance she gets. She won't eat just any dog poop though. It has to be poop from our border collie. Go figure!

I did try bringing my own water and bowl from home, and the aussie wouldn't touch it. I'm going to try that again, but this time, I'll offer it to her from the car. I'm starting to wonder if it's a vulnerability issue. Maybe she doesn't feel safe when drinking at the park.

Katie
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