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    Question Dreaded Mealtimes..

    As some of you know I got a new puppy called Cookie, she is now 10 weeks old

    Only problem is when she is drinking water from her bowl she scratches the bowl causing the water to splash everywhere! Then she runs around the house causing huge puddles! It's not as if I can NOT give her water, so what should I do? I've already tried giving her less water, but she still scratches the bowl.

    And also is it normal for a puppy to get some kibble in their mouth, walk a few feet away and lie down to chew their kibble?

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer112 View Post
    As some of you know I got a new puppy called Cookie, she is now 10 weeks old

    Only problem is when she is drinking water from her bowl she scratches the bowl causing the water to splash everywhere! Then she runs around the house causing huge puddles! It's not as if I can NOT give her water, so what should I do? I've already tried giving her less water, but she still scratches the bowl.

    And also is it normal for a puppy to get some kibble in their mouth, walk a few feet away and lie down to chew their kibble?

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated
    Hmmm not sure about the water part.

    However some dogs are 'grazers' so they can/do pick up a mouthful of kibble and wander away to eat it. My dog Mully used to do this all the time. Is it an issue for you? or are just just inquiring?

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    Take away kibble is fairly normal. If you want to discourage this, put the kibble down, and any that's not gone in 5 to 10 minutes, put away until the next meal time. The puppy will eventually learn to eat everything in one go. Allowing a puppy to "free feed" when ever it wants to can make training difficult - especially recall, because it will never be quite hungry enough to work for treats. Certain breeds (sight hounds) like Salukis and Greyhounds may prefer to free feed but they can learn not to.

    As for the water thing. Lots of labradors and golden retrievers like to put both front paws in their water bowls when they drink - I have no idea why. Frosty (blue heeler x) prefers to drink the water falling from a runny tap, or the really menky stuff from around pot plants.

    You can get drinking devices that mimic the running tap deal, but there is no where for the dog to put it's feet in the water bowl, you can also get a kind of nipple water bottle that the dog licks to get water out of it - again nowhere for dog to put its feet in. RSPCA usually has some of these in their shops. And I think other shops may have them. They're also very popular with bird owners. RSPCA also sells a device that you can attach to a tap, leave the tap on, and when the dog licks, it gets a drink. But that's only good if you have a tap where the dog can reach it all the time.

    Frosty also likes to drink out the top of a 2 litre ex vinegar bottle. Though I think it would be bad if your puppy tipped one of these over. 2 litres of puddle. Urk. I think you can also get big heavy china water bowls that smaller dogs and puppies can't move. I have one of these outside under the rainwater tap. Inside I have a smaller china bowl with a very heavy base, and I also have ordinary buckets (I fill waiting for hot water) - but Frosty doesn't usually want to put her feet in these.

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    I have a water bowl paddler too. It will probably slow down as the weather cools. Dogs lose heat through the pads on their feet so some just love to cool them off. Plus spalshing is just so much fun! Imagine a human baby in a bath. You can try a narrower bowl that's harder to get her feet into, but she might just tip it over trying.

    The take away kibble is very normal but like Hy said, you can give her set meal times with limited eating time (say about 15 minutes) and then take it away if she is making a mess.

    Our salukis are terribly picky, slow eaters and have to be shut in for long periods or the others steal their food. But saluki's are real "princesses". Most dogs will eat enough to stay healthy in about 15 minutes of having access to food.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer112 View Post
    As some of you know I got a new puppy called Cookie, she is now 10 weeks old

    Only problem is when she is drinking water from her bowl she scratches the bowl causing the water to splash everywhere! Then she runs around the house causing huge puddles! It's not as if I can NOT give her water, so what should I do? I've already tried giving her less water, but she still scratches the bowl.

    And also is it normal for a puppy to get some kibble in their mouth, walk a few feet away and lie down to chew their kibble?

    Any advice would be hugely appreciated
    Charlie splashes about in his water bowl too. I think he just does it because it's fun to be honest. The floor gets all wet and then he can play his favourite (and my least favourite) game - sliding along on the wet tiles.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Charlie & Bella's mum View Post
    Charlie splashes about in his water bowl too. I think he just does it because it's fun to be honest. The floor gets all wet and then he can play his favourite (and my least favourite) game - sliding along on the wet tiles.
    Lol so what do you do about it?

    I might consider purchasing a nipple water bottle as Hyacinth said.

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    Okay I'm glad to know the take-away kibble is normal for a puppy.
    I usually take away her bowl after 20 minutes, is that a bit late?

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    Spirit liked to dig every bit of water out of a bowl left on the floor ... because she could ... & she's wicked at just "creating fun". I put the water bowl in a stand ... end of flooded floors. Except she likes to "bite" the water & turn her head around all the time, so I have a towel under the stand to soak most of it up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jennifer112 View Post
    Lol so what do you do about it?

    I might consider purchasing a nipple water bottle as Hyacinth said.
    TBH I don't do anything about it really -if I see him do it I tell him "no" but otherwise not much! On hot days I put ice cubes in their water bowls to cool the water down - they last about 30 seconds before Charlie fishes them out and eats them.

    Just make sure you've got a heavy bowl, or if you have a stainless steel one it has the rubber grip around the bottom so your pup can't actually move the bowl around. One of ours has the rubber grip and one doesn't, and it's the one that doesn't that he gets in to.

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    There's lots of things that puppies do that are fun for puppy but not ok for you, so you can teach puppy not to jump in her water bowl. Much the same way you teach puppy it's not ok to chew power cords or your ugg boots.

    Pump up squirty bottle handy in this situation as it gives you a long reach and a way of getting your puppy to stop without you actually being in direct contact. Ie the distraction/correction isn't directly connected to you. Your floor still gets a bit wet for a while though.

    20 minutes is a bit long. It depends if you want to stop the take away kibble. If you notice take away kibble - take the bowl up then. If it's the first piece of kibble, then maybe wait ten minutes and put the bowl down to try again, but if puppy is doing this, she's not that hungry and skipping a meal might solve it.

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