Puppies do things at their own pace. However, drinking from a water bowl is an important lesson, since it keeps them from dehydrating. It is a natural instinct for them to want water when they are thirsty, but teaching them that a water bowl is safe falls on you.
Use a small, flat bowl that your puppy can reach over easily. This helps keep him from getting water up his nose when he’s learning to drink.
Put a drop or two of honey in the water to sweeten it. Mix it up.
Dab a small about of water on your puppy’s lip while showing her the water. Let her lick her lips and taste the sweetness.
Add a small amount of warm water to your puppy’s food. Regardless of whether you feed him kibble or moist food, pour a little water in it and he will generally lap it up.
Let your puppy drink water while his mom is drinking. Often, they learn from watching an older dog.
Call your vet if your puppy shows any signs of dehydration, such as dry gums, lethargy or elastic skin, as stated by The Happy Dog Spot website.
Always keep clean water for your puppy. If it gets food or debris in it, change the water.
Items You Will Need
- Small bowl
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