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3 Reasons Why Dogs Like to Dig in Their Water Bowl

Dog Water Bowl

Having a dog can be a very fun experience, but sometimes it can be messy if you find your dog doing things such as digging in their water bowl. While this might not be the most concerning situation for you, there are a few different reasons behind this behavior. There are also steps you can take to prevent your dog from digging in the water bowl if it’s becoming an issue.

1. Your Dog Needs to Cool Off

Your dog might need to cool down and is digging in the water bowl in an effort to achieve this. When it’s hot outside, you want to make sure your dog has a lot of water around at all times. One way to help your dog cool down would be to get a kiddie pool. Certain types of dogs really enjoy digging in water and will benefit from a kiddie pool. Huskies and Labradors both love to dig in water and would love a kiddie pool.

Once you give your dog a kiddie pool, you will likely notice the digging in the bowl stops. If this is something you can’t do at the place you live, then try to take your dog to a doggy beach or similar place where he can go into the water. It’s also a good idea to just give a water dish with a couple inches of water, which can lessen the amount of times he tries to dig in the bowl.

2. Your Dog is Bored

If your dog is constantly digging in the water bowl, it also could be just because he is bored. Dogs that are not getting enough physical or mental exercise could simply be trying to find something to entertain themselves. The water bowl digging is both a mental and physical exercise for your dog and it means you need to give your dog more engaging play.

Head to the dog park or put your dog in a day care if you can’t provide the physical exercise at home. You also can do activities that will stimulate your dog both mentally and physically. This could be hide-and-go-seek, fetch, or even simply long walks once or twice a day. You also can get specific dog toys that will provide mental and physical exercise when you are not around.

3. Your Dog is Playing with his Reflection

Your dog might be trying to catch his own reflection by digging in the water bowl. To stop this just get a water bowl that isn’t reflective in color or just put the water in a different container. You also can try to elevate the dog dish, although there is risk of bloating in certain bigger dog breeds. Before you elevate the water bowl, ask your veterinarian to make sure that it won’t cause bloating in your dog.

How to Stop Your Dog from Digging in the Water Bowl

There are numerous ways to stop your dog from digging in his water bowl but stopping it effectively largely depends on the cause. If you believe it’s a compulsive behavior with objects in general, it’s a medical issue and need to be handled with your veterinarian. Your dog might be doing this just for attention, in which case means you need to ignore the dog.

Getting a kiddie pool is the best option if your dog is digging because he is hot or taking him to a place where he can get into large bodies of water. A dog lacking mental and physical stimulation just needs to be exercised more and worn out, whether through toys or walks.

About the Author
is the owner of an awesome toy poodle. John started MyPetChild.com to share his experience and knowledge of being an apartment-living pet owner.