Why does Miso drink like a hamster?
WATER BOWL VS LICKER
It's true. Miso does drink like a little hamster. Instead of using a 'typical' dog bowl, Miso drinks out of a water bottle with a licker attached to the end.
BUT WHY? #1 REASON. CLEAN WATER.
Like most dog owners, I started out with a water bowl for her, but I found her water to be constantly dirty with particles floating over the top. It makes sense as their bowl is left on the floor for extended periods of time; I just didn't want her to drink it once it 'got dirty'. Since my back has not been kind enough to allow me to change her water as often as I would like, I decided to look into alternatives.
I did some research and discovered that in some Asian countries, lickers were more commonly used for dogs than I realized. I made the switch and it has been game changer for me. Her water stays clean and I change/refill her water much less often.
As an added bonus, her face is no longer sopping wet every time she drinks. Miso is a flat face, short nose breed, so in addition to changing her water bowl, I would also have to kneel down and wipe her face every time to keep her face dry.
WHERE DID YOU GET YOUR LICKER?
The one we have is by Choco Nose and they look like this. They are made in Taiwan and their bottle is BPA-free. [Note, I did recently upgrade her bottle from the plastic one provided to a glass one from mybkr. ] You want a version that is made specifically for dogs to ensure there is enough water coming out of the licker and not the ones made for small animals. We have their small dog version which is 16mm in diameter and is perfect for her. They have one for larger dogs with a larger diameter.
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU ARE ON THE GO?
Choco Nose actually has a portable version. We will use this one. Link
HOW DID YOU GET HER TO DRINK FROM BOWL TO LICKER?
Miso took to the licker naturally. Although, I suspect if you dabbed some honey or peanut butter to the licker, they would learn real fast.
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