Teach Your Dog to Drink Out of a Water Bottle

Straight From the Bottle

To teach your pet to drink out of a water bottle without an adaptor, sports caps may work the best because they allow you to adjust somewhat for the amount of water that flows out.

  • Bring out the water bottle when your pet is thirsty and start with the sports cap barely opened so that only a minimal amount of water will flow out.
  • Check the amount of water that will flow out by tipping the bottle upside down before you offer the bottle to your dog.
  • Smear a tiny amount of Cheez Whiz or other palatable treat on the tip of the water bottle cap to encourage your pet to investigate and start licking.
  • As your pet gets comfortable, you can decrease the lickable treat on the bottle and add a small amount of low-sodium chicken broth in the water, or simply give your pet fresh water from the bottle.

Tips for Small Dogs

Small dogs often have a unique way to drink out of a water bottle: Toy-sized dogs actually reach their tongues inside the water bottle to drink. If your dog prefers this method, the water needs to be close to the top for him to get it out. It helps to have a bottle with a slightly larger opening so your dog’s tongue can more easily fit inside the bottle; however, the opening also needs to be small enough that his nose doesn't get stuck.

  • Hold the bottle at an angle so his tongue can go inside to scoop the water out, much like a bowl.
  • Use a bottle with a larger opening.
  • Palatable treats smeared on the opening and low-sodium chicken broth-flavored water can encourage smaller dogs to drink straight from the bottle — just be sure to have the bottle filled close to the top.

Even if your dog enjoys drinking out of a water bottle when he's on the go, always keep a bowl of fresh water available at home to help prevent dehydration.
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