One of the biggest problems and challenges when caring for an outdoor dog is the water bowl. Sometimes outdoor dogs become bored and play with their dishes. In other cases it inadvertently ends up spilling because of an incline, a wayward chain, or an overanxious dog with heavy paws. In any case this problem must be remedied since water is a necessity of life, and it must be provided at all times. Use the following easy ways to keep a dog’s water from spilling, and solve the problem once and for all.
Make a Built-in Bowl to Keep it from Spilling
A built-in bowl is virtually spill proof. If a dog’s water is continually spilling, keep this from happening by burying it in the ground. Like an outdoor swimming pool, tipping and spilling will not be a problem. Just make certain the edges are not even with the ground to prevent the water from becoming instantly dirty. To keep it as clean as possible, bury the bowl up to the sides in pea gravel or other stone instead of sand or dirt.
Put the Bowl Inside a Rock-Filled Outer Container
When partially burying the dog’s water dish is not a possibility, use a rock-filled outer container to hold the bowl and keep it from spilling. Ice cream buckets work great with this technique. To keep the dish from spilling, fill the bottom container about one-third of the way with rocks. Place the top container inside the bottom one, and fill it with thirst-quenching water. Spilling will no longer be a concern. Best of all, if the dog is a taller breed, he will not have to bend down very far to get a drink.
Use a Heavy Automatic Bowl to Keep it from Spilling
Spilling is never an issue with an automatic water bowl because of the weight. Buy a large automatic bowl, and keep it filled at all times. The dog will never run out, and spilling it will not be a concern. However, some dogs are afraid of this type of watering system because of sudden bubbling and gurgling as the water level changes. The article entitled What to Do when a Dog is Scared of a Water Bowl can help solve this common problem. In time a canine can be trained to realize an automatic watering system is not a threat.