Much to my dismay, KC has begun having issues with her water bowl. The first bowl was a big plastic container, but she ate that. She ate the second one too. So lately I've been using a large glass bowl, but she's decided that makes a much better swimming pool than a drinking bowl. I've caught her so many times sticking her paw in the water and splashing around! Fun for her, annoying for me to clean up (okay, it's adorable!). My husband just came inside from mowing the yard and she had managed to knock the whole dang bowl over, soaking the enitre area. Luckily it's on the tile floor, so no worries. Does anyone have any recommendations for my water-happy girl?

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Comment by Courtney on October 1, 2009 at 8:39am
Jasper did this, but eventually outgrew it. There are mats you can buy that go under the food dishes and are meant to absorb the water so its not so messy. Also try only putting water in the bowl when she wants it (a hassel, but then she wont have water to spill everywhere hah. Or, when she splashes, distract her with something everytime. like a toy or whatever.
Comment by Jane Christensen on October 1, 2009 at 8:16am
Limiting plastic for everyone is good!!!! Stainless steel is not much more expensive and it will last forever (unless you drive over it like I did)!
Comment by Beth on October 1, 2009 at 7:08am
Just be careful with the plastic. My cat, Alice, used to get a crusty rash on her chin all the time. I asked the vet about it and he said "It's from plastic bowls. Use ceramic or metal." I thought that sounded a bit crazy, but we stopped using plastic and like magic the rash disappeared. Then one day it popped back up again. I sat down and thought, and realized I had plastic bowls of water on radiators for moisture in the air. I replaced them all with glass, and the rash went away again never to return. It turns out Alice was jumping up on the radiators (they had covers) to drink. Since then, I never use plastic bowls for any of my pets, and try to limit using plastic for food storage and drinking for us too. I do have one plastic bottle with a flip-out dish for the dogs for walks; there are not many good alternatives that are not rubber/plastic for folding dishes.
Comment by Potus on October 1, 2009 at 12:36am
Potus had a stainless steel bowl with the rubber edge on the bottom but he could get his claws on the rubber edge and drag the bowl around (yay- soaking wet kitchen floor) Now he has a plastic (I think its plastic- reminds me of the stuff heavy kids bowls are made out of) Snoopy bowl which has straight sides and is kind of heavy. We bought it from Kmart and he's been fine every since. Except that he has an inability to keep his mouth shut after drinking so he still gets water everywhere- but that's his fault and not the bowls.

Ooo.. found a link. Its this exact bowl but I think he has the medium or large.
Comment by GoGoRainbow on September 30, 2009 at 11:23pm
I wonder if one of these automatic water dispensers might work?
its not like a thing to push around or play with.
Though if she DID decide to knock it over it would be a much bigger problem T.T

we have really good, heavy duty, wide based plastic, no spill bowl, but I can't find it anywhere online. Got it at a local feed store. Only got it cuz our roomba kept spilling water every time it hit the other water bowl ;)
Comment by Steve on September 30, 2009 at 10:48pm
Steve LOVES to play with water so he used to do the same thing as KC. I spent $$ on all kinds of water bowls (big, small, heavy, ceramic, plastic, stainless steel) and bottles to hang in crates. The Snapy Fit Water and Feed bowl is what we use now and it's great. I think I bought mine at petsmart or petco but you could see the picture here....
Comment by Beth on September 30, 2009 at 10:11pm
I like ceramic too, but when we were picking Jack's bowls, all the ceramic ones were made in China and that was when they were having the lead paint problem with toys made in China, so I was afraid to risk it. The stainless were made in India or something.
Comment by Heather and Ella on September 30, 2009 at 9:53pm
I have one of those food/water dishes made of plastic. The food goes on one side and the water on the other. If you doggy eats and tips it over, you may want to try the heavy ceramic bowls.
Comment by Aj on September 30, 2009 at 9:27pm
I use a double diner with stainless steel bowls.
Like this one here:
Comment by Beth on September 30, 2009 at 8:32pm
Jack was impossible with water bowls when he was a pup. We needed to buy him one of those bottles with a tube and ball, like a giant hamster bottle. He would paw all the water out of his dish if it was warm, and then lie in it. But then he'd have nothing to drink.

I agree with the stainless steel bowl with a weighted bottom. It's harder to tip and not big enough to get into, though they can still paw water out of it if they are determined. If nothing works, try the giant hamster bottle. They sell them in the big pet stores. It only takes a minute or two for the dog to learn to lick the roller ball to get the water out.

My cat also used to flip her water bowl when she was young. I got a very heavy (for a cat) ceramic bowl and sat it on a mat. She learned that she could use the mat for leverage and put her paw under the corner, and flip the whole lot--- food and water. At least a dog has the good sense to put its ears back while you clean up the mess. The cat, on the other hand, will come running over to watch, fascinated and proud, while the "hired help" tidies up. She's now 16 and I kinda miss those youthful dish-flipping days. I know it's frustrating, but enjoy your dog's playfulness while it lasts!

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