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Water in the evening for puppy?

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MotherOfGirls Tue 02-Aug-11 06:26:59

I have read a couple of articles saying water should be taken away around 7pm to help pups and dogs to go through the night without weeing. I have been taking our 11 week old's water up at 10pm when he goes to bed but not before. Came down to a veritable flood this morning as he'd drunk quite a lot in the evening (although he did wee just before bed.) Should I be stopping the water earlier? It doesn't seem right to me but I'd welcome any thoughts/experience.

allhailtheaubergine Tue 02-Aug-11 06:41:02

I have never heard this. I have always let my dogs have access to water all the time, and as they grow up they soon reach a point when they can go through the night.

Surely the object is for your dog to learn to control his bladder, not to dehydrate him so he doesn't have to go.

Avantia Tue 02-Aug-11 06:54:01

I was told this aswell when he got our pup but didn't take water away - remeber it was quite hot yesterday (well was where I am ) so maybe took on bit more water than usual.

MotherOfGirls Tue 02-Aug-11 13:38:43

Thanks. I agree - I think he should have free access to water and you're right, Avantia, it was really warm here yesterday - and today so I guess we should put down LOTS of paper tonight!

Lizcat Tue 02-Aug-11 19:21:34

This is very dated advice. Dogs should have free access to water at all times. Your pup is still quite small to go through the night. He probably drank lots because he knew the water was going to be lifted up.

minimu11 Tue 02-Aug-11 20:50:19

I can't believe this advice is still being given out and so many people remove dogs water from the dogs crates.

Dogs must always have access to fresh water at all times in all locations!

MotherOfGirls Wed 03-Aug-11 06:55:11

Thank you. Good to have your advice. Water stays down now. smile

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