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Water bottle vs. water bowl

Do you guys use water bottle or water bowl for your pup? I got this one from Amazon and it seems my pup has to work really hard to drink enough of it. So, I just pour water in the bowl below and he drinks a LOT of it. I had to refill it once more. So, I am guessing the flow rate is not quite right. I see all the puppies use Lixit bottles at my breeder's house and she mounts it on the ex-pen. I want to get a free standing one, so I could feed Ollie in the kitchen. All recommendation is welcome!
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I had a lixit for Sophie for a while and it seemed to work fine. But she too preferred to drink from the bowl. And actually I add so much water to her meals that she rarely drinks from the bowl anyway so took the lixit down. Plus now I have Athena who needs the bowl she drinks a lot and is an older girl with poor eyesight and no front teeth <3 I'm sure she wouldn't be able to master the lixit very well.
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Willow uses a water bottle exclusively only because I'm trying to control staining around her mouth. The first one I got was this one https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1 and then I got one by Choco Nose https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I had a hard time getting her to use the second one as she seemed to prefer the first one. It might be a little easier to drink out of than the Choco Nose, but now she'll use either one. I use one inside on her crate and take the other to use when we are camping to put it on her playpen.



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In the kitchen and upstairs bathroom I use these. They keep drips to a minimum for a bowl, but they aren't perfect: https://smile.amazon.com/Lixit-Water...erboy+dog+bowl

In my office, where the dogs are gated when we are out of the house, they use a large Lixit water bottle, because I don't want water dripped all over my hardwood floors. I use this stand, which is expensive, but I love it. It's just beautiful!: PAWS Creations | Pet Water Bottle Stands & Raised Food Stands

All of mine are happy to drink out of either type.


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yeah the crate hanging ones can be handy. I wouldn't use any made of any plastic though because of possible BPA or phthalates .Glass or stainless steel preferred . Wash any water container daily and make sure your dog will also drink from a bowl. I have heard of some refusing to drink from a bowl because they were used to a dispenser.

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I'm a little late to this thread. We bought a Lixit top loading bottle yesterday, and I'm surprised by how far the ball bearing needs to be pushed before any water comes out. Our pup gets that he needs to lick it, but I can't imagine he is pressing hard enough to get adequate flow. I'm not sure we will keep this one unless we see that water level drop pretty significantly soon.

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I'm a little late to this thread. We bought a Lixit top loading bottle yesterday, and I'm surprised by how far the ball bearing needs to be pushed before any water comes out. Our pup gets that he needs to lick it, but I can't imagine he is pressing hard enough to get adequate flow. I'm not sure we will keep this one unless we see that water level drop pretty significantly soon.
Yeah, I tried the top loading ones too, with the same results. Even my adult dogs didn't like how hard they had to work to get ANY water out of it. I don't like ANYTHING that stands in the way of my dogs (well, ALL my animals!) being well-hydrated, so I went back to the normal type. Yes, they leak a bit, so I just keep a dish underneath the spout to catch any drips.


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Yeah, I tried the top loading ones too, with the same results. Even my adult dogs didn't like how hard they had to work to get ANY water out of it. I don't like ANYTHING that stands in the way of my dogs (well, ALL my animals!) being well-hydrated, so I went back to the normal type. Yes, they leak a bit, so I just keep a dish underneath the spout to catch any drips.
Karen, which one is the "normal" one?

I have used two different brands for Willow. This one seems to be a little easier for her to push with her tongue.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Then I have this one by Choco Nose. It's a little harder for her to push but she finally figured it out. I do worry sometimes that she doesn't get enough water out of it and it's the one I keep in the RV.

https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/...?ie=UTF8&psc=1



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