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Jen if you are using a wire crate for Duncan, you can also mount a lixit bottle to the crate and skip getting a holder, although I love the ones made by Leslie's and Susan's husbands...this is what I have done for Posh. I just leave her kennel door open all day and she goes and gets a drink when she needs to. I have also purchased the lixit glass bottle intended for large parrots and dogs. It is really nice compared to the plastic bottle I first bought from Petco. I ordered it online, and it was pretty reasonable considering how "hefty" and great it is. I just used the hardware/mounting system it came with to put on her crate. It's probably a little lower than it should be, but she has no problem getting hydrated at the height it's at. She just lies down to get a drink.
It's funny, but I don't think you'll even need to put peanut butter on the "straw" for Duncan to understand/get drinking from a water bottle vs. a bowl. Posh came to us at six months old and she had drank from a "fountain" at her breeder's house. I installed her water bottle on her crate, and my husband started giving me grief immediately with a "how are you going to train her to drink out of that?" I don't think he the whole sentence out of his mouth before she was licking the water out of the bottle.