If you’re anything like us, you might struggle to get your dog to drink when out and about. But it’s vital to keep a dog hydrated if you’re taking them on a hot day or a long journey.
We use all these methods personally, but they won’t work for every dog. Let’s take a look at some different ways to get moisture into your buddy.
1. Try Milk
Some dogs need an extra incentive to take a drink. Why not try offering milk as an alternative?
Our dogs both love simple cow’s milk and Chase is also partial to a spot of goat’s milk. Both hounds will often turn their noses up at fresh water, but they’ll lap up milk as if there’s no tomorrow.
On the day we fostered Lewis, we collected him from a beach walk on a hot August day. We took him back on the train and naturally, he was nervous, hot and panting. He wouldn’t touch water, but we bought a small bottle of milk and he lapped it up, keeping him nice and hydrated for the journey home.
Small amounts of milk provide vital nutrients for dogs. But too much can cause a stomach upset, so proceed with caution. You can also dilute milk with water if you prefer.
Oat milk, almond milk and rice milk are suitable for dogs too.
2. Keep Your Dog Hydrated With Fruit and Veggies
Eating fruits and vegetables can help a dog to stay hydrated. The majority of fruits and veggies are safe for dogs to eat, but avoid grapes and tomatoes which are toxic for dogs. Check with your vet for further advice.
Our dogs enjoy a variety of fruit and veg, including:
All of these contain vitamins and minerals that can help a dog stay healthy. Be warned though, they can upset a sensitive dog’s tummy. Offer these treats only in small quantities.
We like to cut up pieces of cucumber and apple as healthy snacks for our road trips.
Just like humans, dogs have different tastes, and may not wish to eat certain fruits or vegetables. Offer them a selection and see what they pick!
3. Pop a Treat in the Water Bowl
Maybe your dog doesn’t like milk, fruit or vegetables. Or perhaps you don’t want to risk upsetting their tummy.
In that case, why not make their plain water more appealing with a little prize? Drop a treat in the bottom of their water bowl and let them go fishing for it. They’ll lap up some water as they go for the treat, helping them to stay cool and hydrated.
4. Water the Kibble
It’s simple and easy to introduce water into your dog’s diet. We feed our dogs a mixture of wet and dry food. We pour a little water over this too.
While the water is primarily there to stop our hounds from choking, it also gets them to take on more water. Consider mixing in some extra water on especially hot days.
5. Keep Things Calm
Most dogs are more likely to drink when they’re feeling calm. If you’re on a day out, try finding a quiet spot to allow your dog the chance to drink in peace.
We normally find a quiet backstreet or park to offer water. Often, the excitement of being out in a new place may prevent your dog from drinking, but by taking them away from crowds and large noises, you’ll stand a better chance of keeping them relaxed.
Get Out on the Road
It’s easy to keep a dog hydrated when you get creative and build around your dog’s needs. Different methods work for different dogs, so feel free to comment with your own secret techniques.
Looking to put these methods to the test? Be sure to check our travel diary to find out more about our well-hydrated hounds and their life on the road!