My Dog Drips Water Everywhere After Drinking (How To Stop It?)

Dog Drips Water Everywhere After Drinking

Struggling with your dog dripping water everywhere after drinking? You’re not alone.

Dogs often leave water trails due to their unique drinking style, where they lap water with their tongues, and physical traits like large jowls or long ears. To minimize this mess, consider using smaller or specialized non-spill bowls, placing waterproof mats under their bowls, or even using a dog drinking bottle.

Discover effective solutions to keep your home dry and your dog happy, without compromising their health or hydration.

Why Does Your Dog Get Water Everywhere When It Drinks?

If you are someone who wears socks at home, stepping on puddles that your dog has left behind is not fun.

Walking around with wet socks is a horrible sensation.

This splashy aftermath is caused by a fascinating interplay of physical and behavioral factors at work.

1. Lapping It Up

Your dog drinks water by lapping with its tongue like a scoop.

The way that a dog naturally drinks water makes them messy drinkers in general.

Unlike humans who can create a suction effect to draw in liquids, dogs rely on their tongues to lap up water.

Your dog drinks water by lapping with its tongue like a scoop.

As the dog pulls the water into its mouth, it snaps its jaws shut to swallow and drink.

The quick and forceful lapping technique of dogs usually results in water splashing out of the bowl, creating a watery mess around their drinking area.

2. Flew And Jowls

Creating a mess around the water bowl is only part of the issue.

Another part of the problem is when your dog finishes drinking but continues dribbling water throughout the house, much like a dripping faucet.

When we drink, we use our lips to grab onto the rim of a cup or straw. This helps to prevent water leakage.

The lips on our dogs don’t quite serve this purpose.

The upper lip of your dog is called the ‘flew‘ and it comes in various lengths depending on the breed of your dog.

Some dog breeds have floppy faces or long jowls which is skin that hangs on either side of your dog’s mouth.

These dog breeds are:

  • Bloodhounds
  • Great Danes
  • St Bernards
  • Boxers
  • New Foundlands
  • Mastiffs
  • Bulldogs

Dogs with larger jowls often trap water and slobber in their skin folds, leading to drips on the floor as they move around the house.

Other dogs that have fuzzy faces such as Shih Tzus, Schnauzers and Maltese can also trap water in the hair around their lips and chins.

Frequent facial trims at the groomer can help alleviate this.

3. Too Big A Water Bowl

dog drinking water

When using a dog bowl that’s too large, dogs with longer snouts may submerge their entire snout in water instead of just lapping it up with their tongues.

This can result in more water being spilled from their mouths as they move away from the bowl.

Breeds with long, floppy ears, like Basset Hounds, Coon Hounds, Beagles or Cocker Spaniels, face a different challenge with large water bowls for dogs.

Their ears often dip into the water while drinking due to the bowl’s size.

As they walk away from their bowl, their wet ears leave water trails, spreading the mess beyond the water bowl.

4. It’s Just Your Dog

Some dogs treat their water bowl like a toy, playfully pawing and splashing water or even carrying it in their mouths to different locations.

Sometimes the watery mess left is simply due to your dog’s unique personality and individual drinking habits.

My current dog is a sloppy drinker from the get-go and that’s pretty much his personality.

He is what I would call a ‘water-eater’.

I once fostered a dog that drank water as elegant as the Queen sips her tea.

Some dogs treat their water bowl like a toy, playfully pawing and splashing water or even carrying it in their mouths to different locations.

In my experience, energetic dogs often drink water vigorously and enthusiastically which can get messy.

How To Stop Your Dog From Dripping Water After Drinking?

There isn’t a foolproof method that can keep your home bone dry. But here are a few methods that I’ve used over the years which have helped.

1. Use A Waterproof Mat

Choose a mat that is much larger than the water bowl.

Placing a large enough mat under your dog’s water bowl would be one way to keep the area dry.

It is better to have the water splash on the mat to catch it than all over the kitchen floor.

A few things to take note of when buying a mat.

I’ve tried mats that absorb water well but they tend to stay damp and start to smell after a few days.

If you plan to use such a mat or a towel, make sure to change it out frequently.

Choose a mat that is much larger than the water bowl.

If you can’t find a single large mat, use several non-slip bathroom mats combined to create a bigger surface.

Be sure the surface of the mat is not slippery or has a texture that the dog will be averse to standing on.

Complete avoidance of the water bowl is not the aim of keeping the house dry.

2. Place The Water Bowl Outside

dog drinking from a water bowl in the garden

If you have a really sloppy drinker like my dog, placing the water bowl outside might be the best solution.

There’s no need for a mat even as the water just spills outdoors.

However, there are a few things to note if you plan to keep the water bowl outside.

In my experience, food and water bowls placed outside tend to get dusty and pick up dirt and debris much faster.

Make sure to change out your dog’s water a few times a day to keep it clean and fresh.

Additionally, leaving water outside overnight can attract wild animals, who may drink from it and potentially contaminate the water.

So it would be best to bring the bowl in at night just to be safe.

3. Get A Dog Drinking Bottle

water bottle for dogs

A dog’s drinking bottle is basically a bigger version of a drinking bottle that is used for hamsters and rabbits.

It is an upside-down bottle with a long drinking tube attached to it. At the end of the opening is a small ball bearing that allows water to flow out when it turns.

I’m a fan of this drinking bottle as it is spill-proof.

All it has to do is lick the tube and water will flow into its mouth which causes very little to no mess.

This method is good for small to medium-sized dogs. If you have a large dog like a Great Dane, the bottle might be too small for it.

The drinking bottle needs to be attached to something high enough for your dog to drink from.

A drawback is that some dogs might chew on the drinking bottle, risking ingestion of pieces or creating a mess on the floor.

4. Use A Smaller Bowl

If you have a small to medium-sized dog, don’t use a water bowl that is large enough for your dog to stick its whole head into.

A bowl that is a couple of inches wider than its snout can work so that it prevents excessive water spillage.

This also prevents long-eared dogs from getting their ears wet when they drink.

There are also specially designed bowls such as the Slopper Stopper that claim to be a dripless water bowl.

The bowl comes with a cover that is shaped like a funnel. The hole of the cover is only large enough for the dog’s tongue to pass through.

And any excess water drips back onto the cover and gets funneled into the bowl.

5. Wipe Your Dog’s Mouth

Most of the above methods can help contain the spillage around your dog’s bowl and surrounding area.

But if you have a messy drinker or one with really floppy jowls, it is going to leave a long trail of water everywhere.

This calls for some manual intervention on your part.

Try to wipe your dog’s mouth after it drinks water.

You won’t be able to do it all the time but have a towel ready when you see your dog drinking from its bowl.

Do Not Restrict Your Dog’s Drinking

Keep in mind that access to clean water is vital for your dog’s health and well-being.

When it comes to dogs drinking water, you need to always make sure that there is an ample supply of fresh water at any time.

Please do not try and only leave out the water bow when you are at home or at certain times of the day.

Keep in mind that access to clean water is vital for your dog’s health and well-being.

Restricting its water intake to minimize spills can lead to dehydration and other health issues like urinary tract infections and kidney stones.

It’s important to manage water access and cleanliness at the same time.

If your dog appears obsessed with water or drinks more than before, it could indicate early internal changes or infection.

This change in behavior may warrant a vet visit.

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