My friend has two dogs (pugs) and they have an issue with drinking from anything other than their own water dish. One day we took her dogs on a day trip. On the way to our destination she stated that she had forgot their water dish. I didn’t think this would matter. I was sure they would drink from anything.
Cut to a few hours later. One of the dogs is overheating and refuses to drink from anything (the other one refused too but wasn’t too hot). We tried cups and dishes. She would just look at it like it wasn’t even water.
My friend said that she always has to take their water dish everywhere or they will not drink any water. She even a had to drive home and get their water dish after they refused to drink for a day and half when she stayed at her parents one weekend.
They will, on the other hand, eat food from any dish or off the ground.
Is this normal behavior for dogs? Would the dogs go so far as to dehydrate themselves to death?