Healtchare & Nutrition Forum for your puppy's health

Bottle or Bowl February 21, 2017, 12:39 pm

        My puppy has been home for four days. He is eating well, and drinks from a bowl when offered, but she has not drank from the water bottle. How can I show him how to use the bottle?      
Category: Homecoming

Answer:

        The only advantage of the bottle is that it tends to be less mess.  Most puppies will figure it out if you repeatedly tease a drop from the bottle onto your finger with the puppy there.  You can also temporarily leave a small dish under the bottle. Lightly flavoring the water with Karo, honey or broth can help sometimes too.   Keep in mind that small puppies do not drink a lot so it can seem they aren't getting as much as you think they should.  For example a 3 pound puppy's maintainance requirement for water is only about 3 ounces for a whole day.