water EVERYWHERE! help!

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Our Athena is 5 months old. (6 months on July 10th) When she drinks from her water bowl she gets water everywhere! It's like she doesn't swallow it all and lets the rest just fall out of her mouth. Sometimes she flings her head and the water ends up all over the kitchen. Is this normal? It's ruining my wood floors :( I tried using rubber mats and the hard plastic "spill proof" mats but they don't work. Any ideas on how to save my floors? (FYI, I once used a trash bag under a litter box. I was young. It completely ruined the wood floor which had to be replaced. I don't want that to happen again!) I would love any advice! Thanks!

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Normal doberman behaviour.  My two do this also.  Water everywhere!  My advice move water bowl.  I wanted wood floors in kitchen, but husband reminded me of dogs drinking habits.  So he only did laundry room, but not under washer.  You could try a towel, but probably have to check it numerous times daily.

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I didn't even think about moving the bowl. We have wood everywhere except the bathroom on the main floor except the bathroom. I'm not sure I'd want it in there either. Lol. Thank you

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No I would not want it there either.  I move the water bowl outside in the summer, so I don't have to mop the floor daily.  But feel your pain, for I never had dogs that made this much mess around the water bowl then these to Dober-pains!

Not unusual in this breed!  It is one of the reasons I have tile in my kitchen and not wood - haha!  You can try to keep a towel underneath the bowl, and also try to keep one handy to wipe her mouth after she drinks. She needs to have access to water, but picking up the bowl for short periods would not hurt her.  I'm sure having the bowl in the bathroom would not be ideal, but may be at least a short term alternative - she may get less sloppy with time.

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Welcome to Dober streams and Dober-lakes:)

We use a pretty deep stainless mixing bowl that is kept not completely full-- this pic taken when she was still a slow eater. Now she finishes right away. Obviously cheap lino floor. 

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Tie a mop to her nub.. a Do It Yourself cleaning lady..

 

 

Seriously.. I always followed Sofia around with a dishcloth and dabbed her dainty face after she'd would submarine into her bowl... so guess what worked for me??

I now put her water in a stainless steel baking pan.. ( 11x14) no more sloshing around.. she still dribbles a little, I think all Dobermans do... but it's much less and a lot easier to mop up.

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My last Dobie would spew mouthfuls of water EVERYWHERE. Luckily I always had tile in the kitchen. Rubie is a little more dainty and manages to keep her sloshing on a rubber mat for the most part. We also have a gravity water bowl so it keeps it a little shallower in the actual bowl but it's always refilling itself. It is plastic but that hasn't given her any chin problems and I clean it out between refills with hot water and soap.

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Lol @ Lady Kate. That's funny, maybe I should try that!

Hmmmm. Looks like I'm stuck with it then. Lol. What about the raised bowls? Do you think that would help, or would she knock it over? Has anyone tried the buddy bowl? It has good reviews on amazon.

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Dear Goddess.... mops are cheaper...

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Our boy is almost 3 and he didn't outgrow it.  The best move for my sanity was moving the bowl (as mentioned above) to the laundry room.  I also purchase inexpensive bath mats for in the area in front of the bowl and change them out/wash as needed.  Raised water bowls were ineffective here.

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Lady Kate you are cracking me up. But I think you are right!

MommaL thanks! I wish there was a better solution! Or at least something less messy than a mop. :-) I'm a pretty organized person so I need something I can hang by the bowl. Like a mini swifter or something. Lol (I'm a dork I know)

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Goddess, I am LOL over this thread. 

How about this one, last night, I am standing just outside of the kitchen, for something had caught my attention on the TV.  Next thing I know, water is running down my leg.   I look down and there is T-Pol velcoed next to me.  She had just taken a drink out of the bowl, walked over and let it run out her mouth down my leg.  Instant bath time for Mom!

I have received it in the lap too, sitting at the kitchen table. 

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SIH002 haha! My kids like to joke about it. When she starts to drink they yell, "Oh no, watch out for the river!" I wear slippers but the kids don't. Heehee.

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Rip purposefully wipes his face on the next available human.  Every time.

My personal fave is when that "next available human" happens to be my husband's bald head sitting in his comfy chair...and that's why he has a dog tag that says Basty Nastard.

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Bwahahahahaha! That's awesome MommaL

Athena tries to use my husband's bald head like a salt lick. Drives him crazy. :-)

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We have 2 Dobes and a smaller mutt.  When they are really thirsty they really make a mess.  We moved the water bowls to the screened porch outside.  If they need water they have to go outside.

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I put Axels food and water dishes in a drawer. My pic won't load so ill try to describe it. It's a rubber tote. Sort of like a refrigerator drawer. I put the dishes in there and the water stays in there too. Easy clean up. I learned early. 

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that's a good idea tess !! sunna does ok while drinking it's leaving the bowl she dribbles all over as she walks away hahaha !!!

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I agree, Tess that is a good idea. I might try that. maybe she won't dribble as much... Athena likes to play outside so I might just leave her water out there when it cools down a little. then I thought of putting it in her kennel. I don't have a good place out of the way to keep the water bowl. everyone keeps stepping in water! lol 

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I'm a little late to this but....I do keep a rag towel handy (hangs near bowls) and when he's drinking, if I am nearby, I actually have him 'wipe' - wipe his mouth with the towel.  Most of the time I am not near so then I am constantly wiping the floor instead.  Here's a laugh..I am actually trying to teach him to wipe his mouth on the towel himself (while it's hanging) - no luck so far but I will not give up! :-)

 

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My Dobie did this also. I had wood floors too. I put a bunch of towels down which seemed to help but was a pain. That's a Dobie for ya!