How To Get Your Dog To Drink Water?

One can stay without food for some days but not without water. If you are dehydrated your organs will stop functioning correctly. And for dogs, this is also true.

A dog's body is composed of 70-80% water which tells us how important water is for a dog. It is crucial to keep a dog's body always hydrated. Healthy dogs can easily manage their ingestion of water, but in case of puppies and unhealthy dogs, it's us who need to take care of their drinking.

So let me give you some tips that will help you to know different ways of keeping your dog hydrated all the time.

Amount of Water A Dog Needs

Without any doubt, it can be said that water is the most important nutrient for every living being. As mentioned before a great part of the dog's body is composed of water. So you can understand how important it is to keep the dogs' body hydrated.

Dogs can have two types of food: dry pet food or semi-moist food. The dry foods contain about 11% water and the semi-moist foods contain about 35% water which is not sufficient to keep the dogs hydrated.


All dogs' weight is not the same for which every dog is not going to take the same amount of water. Each day a dog should intake one ounce of water per pound of its body weight.

A dog who is a good drinker will have a well functioned kidney and stomach as the fresh water it will intake will flush out the kidney and will enhance the metabolism of the body as well as the overall digestion.

Tips for Helping Dogs Having More Water

To keep your dog healthy below some tips are given that will help you to make your dog drink more water.

  • Keep different bowls of water in different places of the house such that your dog doesn't have to go far to drink water.
  • Like us animals also want variations. Some dogs like to have their food or water in ceramic bowls, some in steel bowls and some might like to have in plastic bowls. So for attracting the dogs to have more water, you can offer the bowl it prefers.
  • The water should be kept in the bowl such a way that it can be easily accessible by the dogs.

For example, if your dog is older, it is not convenient for him to bend for drinking water. The bowl should be kept to the level of the wrist and below the elbow which will give less stress to the muscles.

  • You can also give water to the dog with food. As we already mentioned it before, dry foods contain little amount of water. Either water can be mixed with dry foods. Or you could give it canned foods that contain 70% moisture.
  • For making your dog drink more water, you can add flavor that will give a soothing taste which will attract the animal to drink water frequently. Chicken broth or bone broth can be used as flavors for this purpose.
  • It is better to remain thirsty rather than drinking dirty water as it could be poisonous for dogs. You give them fresh water. For this purpose, we recommend to change the water of the bowl frequently to prevent the dog from leaving slime on top of water that could attract insects and dirt.
  • In the summer ice cubes can be added to plain water that will give a pleasant feeling that will make your dog more interested in drinking more frequently.
  • Like human beings, dogs want something attractive and interesting like a fountain. They love to drink moving water so you can invest and make an arrangement of a pet fountain which can contain 3.5 gallons of water at a time. Then you won't need to change the water frequently to keep it fresh.
  • If you take your dogs for a walk or if you are going for an outing, ensure to take drinking water for your dog separately to keep them hydrated. While you are out with your dog, offer him water nicely every 15 minutes.
  • For preventing to form any type of crystals in the kidney let your dogs pee more. If it pees more it will tend to drink more water that will help to keep the organs of your dog healthy.
  • Always give such food to your dog that suits it. It is better to give those foods that are free from by-products. This will also increase the tendency of your dog to drink water.
  • Along with changing the liquid frequently. The bowl that you are using should be clean as your dog will not dig into a dirty bowl. For this purpose, you can use an antibacterial wash liquid and wash it every two or three days.
  • Last but not least, always take your dog to exercise more that will keep its body fit as well as will make him drink more water.


Keeping your dog free from disease and to maintain it sound and healthy, you need to make sure that it’s is hydrated and drinking water frequently.

The above tips can help you to make your dog drink more water. This will prevent dehydration and many other conditions that can be dangerous. So make sure your dog follows the right hydration behavior or else help it do that.

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