5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

5 Ways to Get Your Dog To Drink More Water

5 Ways to Get Your Dog to Drink More Water

We were asked how to help a dog drink more. Before you attempt to get them to drink more figure out how much they are actually drinking per day. Do you add water to their food at each meal? Are you feeding dry kibble or something that the liquid hasn’t been cooked out as much? Is your dog playing by a body of water that they can lean down and drink from?

5 Ways to Get Your Dog To Drink More Water


1. Put water in with their food. It will help slow them down when eating and will help them get more water per day. Plus you control it. 
2. Sprinkle their water with a few blueberries or cranberries or other cut up fruit they will drink some water while getting the fruit out. Plus they will get a special healthy treat. 
3. If they don’t like their bowl replace it. Who cares what they drink out of as long as they will drink on their own. Try one of your cereal bowls or even a cup. Switch it up make it fun for your dog. 
4. Buy a pet water fountain. Dogs love to drink fresh moving water heck they also love to drink out of the swimming pool and puddles. Give them what they want. 
5. If your dog is sick you can use chicken broth or watered down carrot juice instead of water. Original Flavor Pedialyte will help get your dog electrolytes. I never use the water alternative straight I always water it down a bit. 

If everything else fails and you are nursing a sick dog that has already seen the vet use a syringe to get water or other liquid into them.

Looking for even more ways to get your dog to drink more? Check out this post on How to get your dog to drink more water!


  1. Elle

    I never thought of a water fountain. That is a good idea. My dog loves to try to bite the water coming out of a hose so I expect she would like a fountain too.

  2. Kolchak Puggle

    We have a fountain – BEST THING EVER! It keeps our water nice and cold and clean and it's fun to make it splash!

  3. Steadfast Ahoy!

    Thank you so much, Felissa, for answering my question. I like the idea of the berries in the water. A fountain won't work on the boat, and we are already putting water in with his food. We appreciate your help here. Rosemary and Nelson.

  4. Grace Hodgin

    I’ve not seen a fountain. It sounds very cool and what a nice way to spoil a dog with love.
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  5. Dawn

    My dogs LOVE water…they even try to lick it off the bathtub! I am glad that they love it so much! Thanks for the tips!


  6. Katy

    HA! I was just thinking today that I need to start drinking more water. Too much coffee, not enough watery goodness. Never would have thought this would be something dog owners need to worry about for their little ones. Great tips. – Katy
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  7. Sandy a la Mode

    i should forward this to my brother!!

    Sandy a la Mode

  8. Debi@TheSpringMount6Pack

    I need to get a fountain for my pets. I have tour blue getting them to drink their water and not the turtle’s water. I have tried everything else.
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  9. mel

    Great ways to get your pets to drink more! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  10. Maggie

    I love these tips. We alway add water to Maggie’s meals to make sure she gets her daily water. In the summer we add ice-cubes that she tries to dig out and crunch. We use to have a cat that would only drink out of a cocktail glass by the window!
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  12. Clayton

    Be careful with your chicken stock. I fear that new dog owners will think it’s a good idea to use some chicken stock they’ve picked up at the store and that can have garlic or other things that are bad for your dog in it. Any chance you can put a caveat on number 5?

  13. Tim

    My dog is eating good, but does not want water, I got her to drink milk… Will milk get her through this?

    • Two Little Cavaliers

      Milk is ok but will likely cause stomach upset. Try Goats Milk it is more gentle on their tummy. The Honest Kitchen sells a dehydrated goat milk product the you just add hot water to. Hope that helps.
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