My dog recently developed a fear of his water bowl?

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he is a 7 month old pit bull, not food agressive or agressive in any way at all, at first we thought it was his reflection in his metal bowl, so we switched to a ceramic one, now hes afraid of that, he will drink out of a much smaller ceramic one but we have to fill it up as soon as hes done because, well hes a pit bull it doesnt take much, ive tried switching rooms, bowls, ive used tupperware bowls giving him treats after hes done drinking, really anything ive already found online, im going to call a vet tomorrow but im just hoping someone on here may have a few more ideas, also i dont think anythings ever scared him while eating, the behavior all started after we got a new fireplace with glass doors and he discovered his reflection, he barks at it whenever he sees himself, i dont know what to do now, i know he wont dehydrate himself but because theres snow outside he prefers to eat the snow. i just dont want him to become accustomed to the snow because when its gone im worried he wont get his water. also tried putting the small bowl inside the large bowl, he wont touch it, currently i have both bowls with water right next to each other, he uses the small bowl but not the large one. any ideas where to go next??

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    6 Responses to “My dog recently developed a fear of his water bowl?”

    1. Jennie Smith says:

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    2. Lo says:

      Be extra extra gentle with him when he is near the water bowl- watch some Dog Whisperer to get the whole calm-assertive body language and stuff. If you act at all stressed or mad or frustrated with him, it will only intensify his problem.

      Also, you can go to the vet to rule out any weird medical problem.

    3. K says:

      You’ve already tried most things I thought of right away.
      Just try and make his water bowl the best thing in the world, put treats in it, praise him whenever he’s near it…

      If that doesn’t work then don’t sweat it, he’s getting his water from the snow and when the snow is gone he wont deprive himself for long even if it means using the bowl.

      You could also try putting snow in his bowl…?

    4. Kevin7 says:

      Perhaps a trainer can help

    5. GSD ~ I<3Jesus says:

      Well why did you hit him with it?

    6. Dogzzz says:

      If your dog has hanging rabies or ID tags on his collar, it is possible that the tags are clinking on the bowl and the noise is spooking him.

      I am also wondering if there is possibly some sort of neck or spinal injury which makes his posture while drinking out of a bowl painful. You might try putting the bowl up on a platform to see if the greater height made him more comfortable with it.

      If you have spent a lot of time reassuring and encouraging him ("It’s O.K. Don’t worry! Come on – get a drink! Please! You really need a drink!"), it is entirely possible that he has decided based on your behavior that there is some kind of issue with the water bowl. Leave him some options (different bowls of different sizes at different heights) and assume a healthy dog will not choose to dehydrate… let him deal with it himself!

      Some dogs love ice cubes, either the crunchiness or the cold (maybe he likes cold, and that’s why he’s eating snow?)… putting ice cubes in the water might be good, or maybe even just filling the bowl with just ice.

      If your dog is preoccupied with reflections (many dogs are), please make sure to never play games with the laser pointer cat toys or with flashlights. Dogs who are into this kind of thing often develop obsessive compulsive disorders if they have the opportunity to focus on points of light or reflections, and this can lead to all sorts of very strange behavior that can be very difficult to address.

      All I can think of at the moment…

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