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How To Trick Your Dog Into Drinking Water

Just as human beings need water for our survival, our furry friends, too, need water to keep dehydration and other health problems at bay and maintain good health.

How much water a dog needs depends on many factors. But if you notice your dog drinking less water than usual, it may be a cause for worry.

In this article, we outline the potential reasons your dog isn’t drinking enough water and how to trick your dog into drinking water.

But first, let us understand how much water a dog needs daily to stay hydrated and healthy. Let’s dive in.

How Much Water Does A Dog Need?

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The amount of water that your dog needs every day depends on several factors.

On average, dogs need at least an ounce of water per pound of body weight daily. This means an eight-pound dog will need to drink one cup of water every day.

But other factors affect how much water your dog needs.

Active dogs, lactating female dogs, and puppies need more water than this average. Adult dogs and dogs that are not so active will not need as much.

The ambient temperature also significantly impacts the amount of water that your dog requires daily. On hot days, especially if your dog has been playing outdoors, it will get easily dehydrated.

A dry nose, sunken eyes, thick ropey saliva, dry gums and tongue, panting, lethargy, vomiting, and loss of skin elasticity are signs of dehydration in dogs.

Severe dehydration is potentially life-threatening and can lead to kidney failure, unconsciousness, abnormal heart rhythm, and death. As a pet owner, you must prevent dehydration at all costs by giving your dog lots of clean water.

If your pet is highly active, you may need to integrate electrolytes to keep its system well-balanced.

4 Reasons Your Dog Is Not Drinking Enough Water

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There are several reasons why your dog is not drinking enough water. Some may not be worrisome, but others may point to health issues.

1. Lack of Exercise

Lack of physical activity could be why your dog is not drinking enough water. It may not be exercising and playing enough due to an illness or injury. In this case, if there is only a slight drop in the amount of water that your dog drinks, it may not be a cause of concern.

But if it refuses to drink water for extended periods, it may be a sign of an underlying health issue. Call the vet immediately and outline the change in your dog’s behavior to get a diagnosis and timely medical care.

2. Unfamiliar Surroundings

If you are traveling or moving house with your pet, it may feel uncomfortable in the new environment due to unfamiliar sights and smells.

The smell and taste of the tap water in your new home may be different from what your dog is used to. Such reasons could make your dog refuse to drink water.

Give it some time to adjust to the new house and come to terms with the changes. Soon enough, it will feel more comfortable, and drink the water you put in front of it.

To make the adjustment easier, collect water before moving and bring it to your new house. Along with its regular water bowl, it can be something familiar in your dog’s new surroundings—it is sure to drink this water without hesitation.

3. Age

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As your dog grows older, its need for physical activity will wane. This can be why it does not drink as much water as it used to. Its appetite also reduces with age, so it does not feel as thirsty as it once did.

However, if your dog is showing signs of dehydration, consult a vet immediately. 

4. Medical Conditions

Urinary tract infection, diabetes, and kidney disease could be reasons for your dog’s reduced appetite and thirst.

This requires immediate medical attention, but you can also try the tricks and tips below to get your dog to drink more water.

Tricks To Make Your Dog Drink Water

Here are a few methods you can try to keep your dog hydrated and healthy:

Water Fountain

Some dogs prefer to drink running water. If you can, install a water fountain somewhere in your yard. This may motivate your pet to drink and stay hydrated.

New Water Bowl

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Try switching the size, shape, color, width, and depth to encourage it to drink. Tall dogs may need deeper bowls, and some dogs may not like their whiskers touching the rim of the bowl.

Wet Food

If your dog is not drinking enough water, switch out its dry food with wet variants. Wet food contains a ton of moisture that can keep your dog hydrated.

You can also add water to its treats or feed it fruits and vegetables that contain a lot of water, such as watermelons, strawberries, and cucumbers.

Ice Cubes

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Ice cubes work just as well as water—they will boost your dog’s hydration levels and keep it entertained and happy.

You can also freeze the bone broth, chicken broth, fruit or vegetable juices, or even peanut butter and feed your dog these frozen treats.

Flavored Water

One way to make water more interesting is to add flavor to it.

Chicken broth, bone broth, lactose-free milk, and green-lipped mussel powder are some options your dog may love.

Feed Your Dog Water From Your Cupped Hands

Your dog loves and trusts you. So if you offer it water from your cupped hands, it may not be able to resist. It may quickly lap it up to show you its love and devotion.


Learning how to trick your dog into drinking water may be tough at first.

But with the help of these tips, you will be well on your way to keeping your dog hydrated and healthy.