Post # 1
We recently adopted a dog and it’s the first time I’ve had a dog that is crate trained. He’s around 1.5 yrs old, house broken & crate trained. Should I be putting a bowl of water in his crate during the day? He’s out in the morning before we got to work, then a dog walker comes & takes him for an hour group walk around 12 and my husband is home with him around 5 (and then he is out until bed). He has access to water anytime he’s out of the crate. I was reading another blog and someone said that the dog should have access to fresh clean water all day.
Of course I had to include a picture! He’s Murphy resting at the dog park.
Post # 3
What a cutie! We never put water in the crate. I think we tried once and it ended up all over the place.
Post # 4
Just curious–if he is house broken, why keep him in the crate?
Post # 5
While we were crate training our dog (he has free reign of the house now, but goes in his crate when he wants quiet), we put in a water bowl that screwed onto the side of the crate, like this, so that he could never tip it over. Your dog should absolutely always have access to water.
Post # 6
I never put water in the crate. My dog doesn’t sleep in his crate anymore and is in there from about 7:30am to 2pm or 3pm 3 days a week and he’s fine w out water.
Post # 7
When my Lilly was smaller she always had water in her crate. You certainly don’t have to though.
Post # 8
I’d say it’s nice to have it available, but it also seems like he is having enough breaks during the day that he can get water as needed. I have a dane with intense separation anxiety, and if I put water in her crate she’d spill it all over, so not only did she no longer have any water available to her, her blankets were soaked too 🙁
Is it a metal crate? We have these clamps that attach a bowl to the side of the crate (so they don’t stomp all over it if they get excited) and we filled it about 1/4 with water, then put some ice cubes in it to melt throughout the day.
Luckily, now that our dogs are older and more settled in, we don’t have to crate them anymore (and honestly, who has space for TWO great dane size kennels??) so they have free roam of most of the house- doors are shut and baby gates are strategically placed- and they have access to water throughout the day now.
Best of luck 🙂
Post # 9
I would buy the bowl that latches to the crate door if you are concerned. When we had our foster dogs crated the entire day, we had the dog walker make sure the he/she got enough water during her break so we didn’t have to worry about spills in our donated crates.
Post # 10
@Roe: We can’t trust him alone in the house yet, I’m afraid of what he’ll get into. Eventually we’d like to gate him off in the hallway so he has some more room. We’ve only had him a week so we’re still getting settled. Plus I think he might be able to jump pretty well so we’d need to find a tall gate. Also he loves his crate, he has no problem going in there (especially when he gets his kong & PB treat).
I’ll look into the ones that clip on the side, he’s never in there for more than 4 hrs. at a time during the day.
Post # 11
We crate our dogs during the school year and when we’re going to be gone for more than a few hours, otherwise, they’d tear the house up and pee everywhere.
Since we’re gone for that long, we always put food and water in their crate.
Post # 12
Also I think it’s great that he is getting that long of a walk everyday! My doggies would love that!
Post # 13
Yes, my dog always has access to water. I have a sturdy plastic dish that clamps onto the crate wall. I got it at Walmart.
Post # 15
We don’t – but there are those bottles that attach and have a little spout that the dog licks for water.