Water bowl slob!

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I'm a proud owner of a 15 mo. male. When Zoot drinks water from his bowl, it's like a sprinkler went off. He puts his nose down in it, then lifts and turns his head. Water still drips when he walks away. He'll repeat it a couple of times. We have a mat under the bowl but water still everywhere. My last Dobe was the same way. Anyone else?

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Funny this came up not too long ago, it is common, I have a rottie and with his big mouth he doesn't do this at all, and I believe RGreen explained the differences in mouths and it is to be expected in the dobie apparently.....

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My female dobie would drink and she would come and wipe her mouth on us.. I tried to catch her with a towel.. I wasnt fast enough lol

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Harley does this too. We no longer keep water inside, he just tells me when ever he wants out (about 6 - 7 times a day) for a drink or whatever.

I think on the last post about this someone said that dobes have 'trough' mouths. Meaning the certain way the dogs jaw is it allows water to sprinkle and slobber, the grass, the floor, and anything else that might happen to get under those slobbering jaws :)

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Harley does this too. We no longer keep water inside, he just tells me when ever he wants out (about 6 - 7 times a day) for a drink or whatever.

I think on the last post about this someone said that dobes have 'trough' mouths. Meaning the certain way the dogs jaw is it allows water to sprinkle and slobber, the grass, the floor, and anything else that might happen to get under those slobbering jaws :)

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I guess that is one  thing Mr Doberman forgot to breed out of them...but i will take the slobber for all the great qualities they do have.. lol

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Cleo does this too, even when she is drinking the water is spraying out both sides all over the floor, then she walks away with water streaming from her mouth.  We have only had one other Dobe that did this, all the others were OK. 

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Bruno does it too! He thinks he's sneaky whenn he drinks out of the toilet but I'm on to him with the water everyehere! He trails it too, a good twenty feet. I don't have any carpet so I don't mind... though I did move the water bowl out of the kitchen lol. Poor Bruno has been banished to the laundry room, for water at least.

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Ack!  I'm glad Bruno doesn't drink out of the toilet anymore!  If you clean it with chemicals, it really isn't safe for him. 

As for drinking - I always had a horse bucket filled with water outside - all my Dobes would bury their face in it up to the eyeballs, and SUCK the water in.  LOL!  Yes, it was a mess, but at least the grass around the bucket was green!  :-)

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Shelbi does this also.  Completely a Doberman trait, but we also moved Shelbi's bowl to outside at least until winter.  She gets ice water several times a day, but in the winter we will bring it back inside and put down towels.

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LOL---in the Doberman Dictionary, that water that accumulates around the outside of the drinking bowl is called "Dober Lakes" and the trails of water dripping from the mouth to the uttermost parts of the house are "Dober Streams".

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I was looking at one of the pictures of Missy and saw the back of the mouth comes down and I can see how the water will pour out.. LOL memories are coming back to when I had my dobies

fun

Bet

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Skye wipes her face on us, on the couch, on the chair, on the cat... were all just face towels to her. lol

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Step One: Find mop

Step Two : affix mop to nub

Step Three: Call  Dobe to come to you

Step Four: Look at clean floor

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Perfect mental picture Lady Kate, you always know how to make us smile.

Jeri & Shelbi

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LOL!!  That is too funny!!  My Niko does the same thing, he sticks his whole snout in; it's almost like he thinks that it takes too long to drink like a "normal" dog!!  It's hilarious, because after he gets a drink my husband and I are both like "Go see Mom/Dad!!"  But, he always gets us with that stream of water from the whole in his chin!!

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I have said before that we always give Shelbi ice in her water, and she bobs for the ice, I think this is counter-productive on our part as far as the water dribbling is concerned.

Jeri

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My female dobie would get a drink then get someone with her drippy mouth if i did not get her with a towel.. she would wipe her face on your clothes. 

Bet

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the way they curl their tongues backwards to get the water, it's a miracle ANY of it gets in the mouth!

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Chevy was horrible about that too!!! LOL I used to keep a big towel under her bowl.

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Tony is the worst. We always have a puddle in the kitchen. Tory isn't too bad. She likes to go out and sit in the pond and bite the water! Boy am I glad she only does that outside. We have had several dobes over the years so we have always had wet kitchens floors lol.
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Same thing with Goofus. He drinks for about 30 minutes at a time, too ( or so it seems), so we end up with a small pond in the floor when he's done. If Lynn happens to be in the room he promptly wipes his chin on her trousers - drives her nuts.

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Same things here with Daymian, lakes, streams, & the whole world is his napkin!  6 - 8 foot streams are not uncommon here.  On hot days, he will also submerge his face occasionally in the horse bucket up to his eyes then shake vigorously and look for the nearest napkin!  Not at all like the female I had before who would delicately place her nose and upper jaw on the farthest side of the bowl while drinking so she wouldn't get her nose wet.  She used the couch for a napkin.  First wiping one side of her face then the other, everytime.  

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Well as most of you know, we were brand new to Dobermans when we got Sofia. Shortly after she arrived, she seemed to develop a strange cough..

Of course I Googled it.

Of course I was rewarded with horrendous symptoms.

Of course I decided it was CHF.

Of course I ran her to the vet for EXrays.

Of course they showed normal.

Next step, go to one of the members here on the Forum for advice.

First thing he asked me was...

" Does she submarine her water bowl?"

" Ummmm... yeah."

" Well my dear, there's your answer, she's getting some water up her nose."

I love this Forum!

P.S. Jeri, someone else here advised room temp water.. that icy cold is not good for them..

Dunno if that's true. Sounds like fun to watch Sweet Shelbi bob for cubes though

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LK,

She does bob for the cubes, but we use the cubes because while it is not too cold outside we keep her water bowl on the deck and it keeps the water cooler longer.  I re-read my earlier post I was unclear, when I said always ice water it is because this summer we have been seeing the hottest weather that I can remember.  Once the weather changes back to winter the bowls will come back inside and the cubes are not necessary, but she does ask for ice cubes when I am at the fridge getting me ice, so she gets a few here and there.

I will research that I do not want to do anything bad for her.  Thanx

Shelbi gives nose bumps and chomp chomp's

Jeri

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Okay now that my curiosity is up.  I have done some research about whether they can or can not drink ice waer or eat ice cubes (Thanx Lady Kate).

What I have found is one letter posted in several places about there dog getting bloat from ice cubes.  I am not finding anything scientifically based, and I guess this particular letter has been floating around the internet for approx 5-6 years.

Aside from this one letter I would like to know if anyone else knows this answer, if they do plese share the link because everything I am finding comes back to this same letter about this same dog and the same claim that after intense competition the dog drank water with ice in it and immediately developed bloat and since have recovered but will never be able to run or play with his fellow dogs again.

I am not disagreeing, but would love some scientific confirmation either way.  I want to know for sure if I doing something bad for my baby.  Some of the comments made along with the letter are that you should not use cold water on an overworked horse.  I would never attempt ice water, but I let my horses drink spicket water which is about 50-55 degrees, and I would soak them starting at there feet and working my way up.  I have never had a problem with that.

I already typed all of this here I am going to move this to a thread of its own for further comment.

Thank you

Jeri

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Tayoh thinks he needs to go 'swimming' to get water. He has a 5 gallon bucket, and will stick his entire head, up to his ears, in the water and drink... though it looks more like he's bobbing for apples sometimes. lol. When he's done, he'll walk off, and it looks like there's a waterfall coming from Tayoh.

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I'm the odd ball again! Kayos sucks water up than lifts his nose to the air to swallow. He gets dribbles and trails from his dish in all directions from the left overs. He never wipes his face on anyone or anything. He doesn't kiss either unless invited to. Who ever started with my boy had good house manors, i guess. Never sticks his head in the dish. Not to forget, he doesn't really like water. Will not step in a puddle. Hates baths & will not swim. He loves ice cubes. He is just as bad with a toilet. I use environmentally friendly cleaner, safe for pets & children. I'm loosing my battle keeping him out of the toilets because I have all boys in the house and do you think any one of them can put the seat & lid down. 

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This is a pic I took yesterday afternoon.  I was in the laudry room and I heard Axel in his food dish. I turned around and he was standing in his water dish.  Turns out he dumped the food on the floor and was proceding to do the same with the water.  I corrected the behavior and started to clean up the mess. He layed down next to the mess ( he cant be too far from me, ever) when I decided to take a pic.  He looks sooooo innocent.

 

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Yeah, Sasha (almost 8 months old) is a water bowl slob as well.  We bought a plastic Rubbermaid bin which is about 6 inches deep and large enough to accommodate both the water bowl and the food bowl.  It catches the water that shoots out of her mouth when she is drinking, so we don't have too many puddles all over the floor.  It is amazing how much water accumulates in there!  We tried putting a towel under the bowls to soak up the spills, and THAT has to be wrung out and dried frequently. 

(When she was a baby, she would stand inside the bin to get to her food and water, but that didn't last very long.)

 

 

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Love these stories.. tess....

caption for Axels' picture 'ignoring the kibble..

" The cat did it. She made the mess now she has to clean it up.. I'm DONE!"

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I have a 15 month old female that is the same way its like the water taste better at the bottom of the bowl when we are outside for a long period of time i fill up a water bucket and she will dunk her head up to her eyes to drink and it always is a huge mess

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Rocky is a sloppy drinker too but he doesn't like getting his face wet, he puts his nose on the lip of the bowl to lap up water. I think he does this to keep water from getting in his nose while he drinks. Of course this requires that I have to keep the water lever pretty high so he can reach it.

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Rocket mom, that sounds like my Princess. She will put her nose on the top of the bowl and then drink if she can. She is the only one of my 14 (over 30 years) that has done this.

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Jake is the same, water everywhere!  I had forgotten what messy drinkers they are, it's been years since I had a dobe.  If one of my Shiz tu's gets his attention while drinking he will walk away from the bowl with what seems an entire mouthful of water.  The pic of Axel looking so innocent beside the dumped puppy food looks so familiar! lol

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Hello everyone! I'm so glad my husband found this site! We have 2 dobes, Lady is 16 weeks old, and Aragog is 9 weeks old. Ever since we got Lady I'd ask why she trailed her water everywhere and soaked us. Then we got Aragog and he did the same thing, so I've often wondered if it's a dobe trait :) great to see it is! 

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Oh this cracks me up! I've had my boy just three weeks now and the lakes and streams from the water dish was one of the first things I noticed that was weird about him( compared to any of my previous big dogs!) he just fits in with the kids always spilling water:) 

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Bella is the same - water everywhere.  But, I have two water bowls (cause she's such a hog & Lullah needs water too), everytime I fill them up Bella will rush up to drink out of them.  First one then the other - it's as if I make her drink rancid water and she's found a fresh water oasis!!!!

ps - i don't make her drink rancid water! the bowls are cleaned and filled up daily - she's just a drama queen!

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I am loving this thread! Buddy of course has this 'soak the house gene' as well. Not only will he submerge his entire face in the water bowl, he does this with his food as well.

Many times he will come up for air during a meal and there is wet food on his eyelid and the top of his nose! Of course he comes right up to one of us pretending that he wants some lovin' but really just wants to clean his face off. We all try to guess who he'll go for... it's usually me.

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Our Bella sticks her nose in pretty far. There is a nice long opening between her lips in the smile area that lets the water drip out eveywhere. Too bad our chenille couches do not do well with water stains.

She also likes to dunk for ice cubes most of which she just takes to the rug to melt. But if I throw them back, she will get them again.

She loves toilet paper, used to get it off the roll.... now she dunks for the used stuff out of the toilet......lol.... teaching us good bathroom manners. The drips give her away, I think she eats it. Wondering if I should let her kiss me:)

 

Great thread

Happy Winter Holidays everybody;)

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Aren't they so cute though?   Yes, I've noticed Atticus makes a mess in the water bowl, but is very neat about his food.  On the other hand, Roman (our Teddy Bear Rottie) is perfectly neat and petite with his water bowl but when it comes to his food, he has to push, push, push his food around and around so that he has it scattered everywhere!   He's not slobby about eating it though.  In fact he never empties his bowl.....he eats a bit here and a bit there.   But for some reason it must be stirred and stirred by his large nose before he eats it.   So sweet though!   I can't be upset by my Teddy ever.   As well as Atticus, our slobbery water boy!  We deal with their messes cause they are so entertaining eh?   

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 Have you ever thought that if we could attach a mop to their nubs, we would have the cleanest floors in the world??

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Love that idea Lady Kate!   Lol.  That was the first thing my husband and I noticed about Atticus is the mess he makes with his water.  He's our first Dobe.  We've had huskies and a Westie, a cocker.  And mutts of course.   Atticus is our first Dobe and the most original dog I've ever had!!!! Love love love them now!   Love my Rottie too of course.  But there is something sooo original in Atticus.  I swear he's the closest to how I felt when my kids were young, you know that feeling of, 'I have to take him with me cause he'll be too upset if he's left at home.  And when you're away, you are thinking.....is he ok?  Geez, that's how I felt when my kids were babies.  Lol.  (Shhhhhh I may sound whacked here but are they sure there isn't some human brain in there?).  'Joking here of course.  ;). But how do you not totally melt at a Dobe over time.   A year ago, when Atticus was in his puppy stage, I was thinking.  "Wth was I ever thinking wanting a Dobe.....it's more than I can handle!"   But now I love him like I do my own kids.  He has me 'owned!!!!'   :)

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this happens to us every day but we've learned to step over the puddles.  

 

I recently bought a drinkwell outdoor drinking fountain and though this still happens if its fill all the way, I keep it ~2 inches from the max and the bowl is big enough it catches the water coming out the side of his mouth.  Doesnt catch the water if he picks his head up with a mouth full of water though

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Zoey is not bad with her water. she gulps down her food.. this is something new. she used to pick at her food at her other home.  

Bet