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Old 05-29-2005, 09:05 PM
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Gunnar is the WORST drinker ever! He sticks his whole muzzle into the bowl and then gulps at the water. Then when he takes his nose out of the bowl water runs down to the floor. We have two water bowls next to each other in one of those stands up off the floor because he used to paw at the water on the floor and tip it. He takes turns dunking his nose from one bowl to the other making a huge sopping mess on my floor. It's starting to ruin my linolieum (sp?) and it seems to be getting worse the bigger he gets. He still attempts to paw the water out of the bowl even though it is off the floor quite a bit. Anyone elses dog do this? Any hope he will outgrow it? Any ideas on how to save my floor?
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Old 05-29-2005, 09:32 PM
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He should outgrow it. Bimmer did. He would paw ALL the water out of the bowl and lay in it! I got him a wading pool for the backyard, lol! Now he's taught Shiva and Kharma to wash off before they come in the house - so, there IS hope!

Why don't you try putting Gunnar's dishes in a big tray with sides on it to contain the water and keep it (mostly) off of your floor? Or maybe even a big absorbent welcome mat.
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Old 05-29-2005, 10:31 PM
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Gracie plays in her water too. She paws at it, will even pick up the dish full of water and run with it making a heck of a mess. I ended up buying a water dish she hasnt figured out how to carry but she still plays in it and makes hugh messes. I also bought a small pool for them today. She loves the water, loves playing in it so we'll see if she gets any enjoyment out of a pool. When I water the flowers I'll spray the water out in the yard and she runs circles thru the water like a little kid, jumps in any puddles she see's, tries to catch the water drops. So maybe she'll like the pool. Hope so.
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Old 05-29-2005, 10:40 PM
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HAHA!

It's a German Shepherd thing, I guess.

Rocky does that and then our tile gets soaked with water dripping out of his mouth.
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Old 05-30-2005, 12:36 AM
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Have you ever taken him swimming? He might really enjoy it. Get some of that water-obsession out of him.
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Old 05-30-2005, 12:55 AM
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You'll find this interesting, Emma. Before Bimmer goes hunting, he'll often find a puddle and lay down in it, covering his belly and legs. I can only think he's obscuring his scent. Before he comes back in the house he washes off in his wading pool.
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Old 05-30-2005, 01:11 AM
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Hmm...that really is interesting. I wonder if it could be a temp. control thing...? Only because I know how much worse my dogs smell when they're wet! Maybe it's got something to do with reducing the amount of noise he makes by plastering that long hair down so it doesn't catch on branches and such.

Or maybe it's just a revel. "Hooray! Rabbits is gonna die!" LOL! This will give me something fun to think about, anyway. I just got over my "What the hell is wrong with this standard poodle?" line of thought. Turns out he could hear mice in the walls. Long story.
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Old 05-30-2005, 01:27 AM
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He picks a nice smelly puddle. I think it must be some wolfy hunting instinct thing. He's really a trip. I'll be honest though, it was unsettling to see him kill his prey. He doesn't do it like a dog. He's quiet; no histrionics. He doesn't shake it or do anything that might make any noise. He crushes the windpipe then bears down and suffocates his prey so it can't draw any unwanted attention. THEN he hauls it off into shelter and eats it. It's weird to see him shift gears like that. Ordinarily he's so civilized and gentlemanly. The first time I saw him respond to a threat it gave me the willies and made me very glad he was on my side!
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Old 05-30-2005, 01:29 AM
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A poodle hearing mice in the walls, hmmm? I've had cats who I swear saw spirits . . .
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I've had cats who I swear saw spirits . . .
I've got two who I think may have been kidnapped by aliens and replaced with loud, cat-shaped body snatchers. Does that count?

I think it was Thoreau who wrote about watching his wolfhounds sleep with his granddaughter in front of the fire while he could see outside the carnage from their successful deer hunt not an hour before. No matter what else they are, they're still hunters. They've still got something that people--at least people like me--have completely lost. Such amazing animals! I just have such a huge crush on all things doggy, including that glorious predator just below the kisses and eye boogers.
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