Can my dog drink water outside?
Walking and playing with your dog outside is one of life’s true pleasures, and a daily necessity. But what about when they get thirsty? Is it safe for them to drink from the water sources you find along the way?
The short answer, generally, is no.
Sadly, our lakes, rivers, ponds, and even puddles, can contain organisms, microbes and chemicals that can be harmful to your dog. But, there are ways to keep your dog safe and hydrated while you’re enjoying the great outdoors.
How to I prevent my dog from drinking outside water?
The best way to keep your dog safe and hydrated is to take clean drinking water and a portable bowl with you, every time you go outside.
If you see your dog about to drink from an outdoor water source, gently steer them away and encourage them to drink from their bowl.
What if I don’t want to carry a bowl?
Most dogs, with a little encouragement, can be trained to drink straight from a water bottle, to save carrying a bowl everywhere you go.