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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 05-29-2016, 08:10 PM Thread Starter
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I bought this feeding system because Raffi was getting so stained around his mouth and beard. When he drinks out of a bowl he gets water everywhere. I set it up and finally got him to try a drink. The ball pushed up and stayed resulting in the entire bottle spilling into his food. I bought a lixit bottle and attached it with the provided clamps. He drank a small amount last night when I kept showing him where to drink. I was out today and he did not drink any. I put down a bowl of water and he almost emptied it. Is there a way to get him to drink out of the bottle or do some dogs just not like them?
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No ideas...I'm sure it just takes time for them to figure it out.
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I was thinking about your question and I remember that Dee Dee got a special water bowl for Sophie that was supposed to keep her beard dry.

https://smile.amazon.com/Slopper-Sto...dog+water+bowl

You might ask her how it is working out.



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I do have the slopper stopper but it was a little bit of a pain. It worked but hard to fill and Sophie had to work fairly hard at getting to the water. Plus her beard still got wetter than I liked.

So I got a large glass lixit and it works great for Sophie. It was a pretty easy transition for her since she loves to try and drink out of hoses, faucets, etc outside. So she thinks it's fun to push that ball around with her tongue. (I have a smaller one for her in her crate in the van). Now I have the lixit positioned above a bowl and even when there is water in the bowl she always by passes it to use the lixit. And it really does help a ton with keeping beard dry.

Have you tried putting a little dab of peanut butter (xylitol free!) on the end of the ball so he licks it off? I've heard several people say that is how they got their dogs started with it. I'll bet Raffi will drink well from it once he gets used to a new drinking routine.

Wondering too if you put some salt/fat free broth instead of water would help encourage him? Not all the time just to entice him to try it...
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Thanks for the peanut and broth ideas. I will try those. Right now he has some diarrhea so I want to leave his water bowl available so he doesn't get dehydrated. If it isn't better tomorrow I am calling the vet for am appointment.

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Poor little Raffi so sorry to hear he is having tummy issues. Do you have any guesses what is causing it? Hope he is fine in the morning!
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