Ever since I got my second dog a few months ago, they’d been going through a great deal of water. Since it was the same bowl I’d been using previously, I’d have to refill it several times a day.
Not wanting to miss a few times, I bought one of those doggie water coolers. Just like in the office, but smaller, and connected to a dog bowl. Holds about 10 gallons, and is absolutely great. The new dog was the one going through the most water, and he loves it.
Tilly, on the other hand, is terrified of it. A few weeks ago, she was in the kitchen getting a drink. She happened to be standing there when it GLUG GLUG GLUGGED. It was like a Scooby Doo cartoon - she was trying so hard to run away, her feet couldn’t get any traction on the linoleum.
Well - she won’t go near it. Her only water source these days is licking the splashed water from around the bowl when Toby drinks. She also licks his face dry every time he gets water. She lunges for puddles outside as well. Today I hand fed her a bowl of water, and she gulped it down incredibly fast. She started shivering afterwards. Not good.
I can go back to the old water bowl for her and sell this on craigslist or something, but I’d really rather keep it and get her used to it. But she’s a skitish dog, and this is currently at the top of her list right now. Any suggestions on getting her accustomed to it?