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My dog "digs" in her water bowl when she's excited and makes a huge mess. Anyone solve this issue?

asked 2016-03-02 11:27:04 -0500

My dog LOVES to play in water, and when she's excited and in a playful mood, sometimes she runs straight to her water dish and dig dig digs all the water out onto the floor. I hate having to restrict access to water so I'm looking for suggestions and ideas to try!

This dog is a 32 pound Boston / Frenchie mix (heavy on the terrier attitude lol)

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answered 2016-07-28 19:24:46 -0500

I ended up placing a heavy water dish inside a shallow tub. Beneath the water dish are several flat weight plates under a towel, preventing the dog from tipping over the entire shebang.

Dog has almost completely given up on trying to dig or tip the bowl, although she still digs and plays in all her outdoor water dishes.

Thanks to everyone who suggested ideas!

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answered 2016-03-08 16:54:42 -0500

If she's getting excited or in a playful mood you could try redirecting her excitement to something else for example a frozen food stuffed toy or a favorite blanket (that's my dog's go-to thing). In the short term, I'd suggest you could get a no-spill bowl that would make it more difficult for her to dig into.

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Tried a no spill bowl, she just tipped the whole thing over. :/

Kathryn K.'s profile image Kathryn K.  ( 2016-07-28 19:21:35 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-03-11 21:16:12 -0500

My Shepherd did this when he was a puppy. We put the water bowl up off the floor (where he could still reach it to drink) and that solved the problem.

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thinking about this option but afraid she will tip anything over that I buy or construct.

Kathryn K.'s profile image Kathryn K.  ( 2016-07-28 19:22:03 -0500 ) edit

I have had this problem with some daycare puppies and bought a raised bowl set and that solved the problem.

Cheryl C.'s profile image Cheryl C.  ( 2016-09-07 14:24:48 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-03-08 22:32:57 -0500

Is she a puppy? Mine did the same thing everywhere we went, and inside our apartment. She told her no, but she just grew out of it after a week or two. Best of luck!

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answered 2016-03-24 14:46:50 -0500

Sometimes dogs will do this if they're hot as well. Does she do it after walks or after being outside? Just something to consider ( by the way, her mix sound super cute!)

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she has a baby pool outside she loves to cool off in. I'm afraid I just won't be able to disassociate the behavior from the "swimming" pool to the tiny water dish "swimming pool" indoor.

Kathryn K.'s profile image Kathryn K.  ( 2016-07-28 19:22:48 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-04-02 09:14:04 -0500

Whenever she is about to to dig in the water call her over to you or just simply pick the bowl up. Never ever yell at a dog or hit them because they will not learn anything if you do so.

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only a squirt bottle diverts her but it just makes her more "up" because she loves water.

Kathryn K.'s profile image Kathryn K.  ( 2016-07-28 19:23:32 -0500 ) edit
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answered 2016-08-31 11:12:59 -0500

We have a Golden that liked to do this as well when she got excited. We bought one of those plastic dishpans the size of your kitchen sink at Walmart, and put her bowl inside that, then put a nonskid bathroom rug under it all, to protect the flooring. That seemed to help quite a bit. Of course, it could just be that she's older now and outgrew it on her own. Good luck!

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answered 2016-08-31 11:55:38 -0500

We had a puppy stay with us recently who did the same thing. What worked (like a charm!) for us was keeping an inch or less of water in the bowl. We put out several bowls, so there was still plenty to drink, but less water = less fun!

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answered 2016-09-02 06:24:05 -0500

You all are morons....use a rabbit sized water bottle....there are even bigger sizes if you look for them OR continue restricting water or not providing enough water for them to hydrate themselves when they need, sounds like a much better idea...and is certainly a more convenient approach given your nightmare of circumstances. Essentially, the dog suffers because you lack problem solving skills, Unbelievable!

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REALLY?!#?

Nancy C.'s profile image Nancy C.  ( 2016-09-10 13:37:15 -0500 ) edit

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