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My pup likes to dig or paw through her water bowl leaving a huge mess on my kitchen floor. Even with me watching her she can scoop out a good amount rith after drinking before I realize she is done drinking. Is this a common behaviour? ahat is to be done about it other than keeping a stack of towels out when she drinks?
 

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Yep my giant schnauzer girl does that too-- its better now that she is almost 3 but I think the main thing was walking her 3 times a week at the beach or lake-- I did not realize how much Schnauzers LOVE water-- she does not swim or retrieve just splashes about and LIES down in it ( I have a Xmas photo of her chest deep in the Ocean she just loves it)-- I have her water bowl on a $7 Uhaul moving blanket-- they are thick and absorbant and expendable-- just great for all around dog use-- that and dont overfill her dog bowl-- just give her a couple of inches of water a few times a day and make sure she has water play outlets-- even leaving a kiddie wading pool out for her to play in in the yard will help....
 

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Yep my giant schnauzer girl does that too-- its better now that she is almost 3 but I think the main thing was walking her 3 times a week at the beach or lake-- I did not realize how much Schnauzers LOVE water-- she does not swim or retrieve just splashes about and LIES down in it ( I have a Xmas photo of her chest deep in the Ocean she just loves it)-- I have her water bowl on a $7 Uhaul moving blanket-- they are thick and absorbant and expendable-- just great for all around dog use-- that and dont overfill her dog bowl-- just give her a couple of inches of water a few times a day and make sure she has water play outlets-- even leaving a kiddie wading pool out for her to play in in the yard will help....
Great ideas. Once the weather warms up I am sure I will be having the kiddie pool out often for her. At least then she could dig up that and not my lawn. I only fill the dog bowl about 1/2 way at a time now to try and limit how much is spilled outwhen she decides to dig in it.
 

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Retrievers do this a lot, they also like to drink from the faucet and may like to play with water from the hose.

The way that I stopped my dog from 'digging' was to give him a bucket to drink from, rather than a lower, shallow dish.
 
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