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Ways to Stop Your Dog from Drinking from the Toilet

You would never be friends with somebody who has a habit of sniffing your behind, licking your face and drinking the water from your toilet. Unless that somebody is your dog. All that icky behavior, somehow, becomes acceptable. There is one thing about that behavior that needs to change and that is drinking the water from the toilet. It can be harmful in many ways and it is plain gross. Here are some of the tips on how to break this bad habit that your dog has.

Dog Drinking

Deny Access to Your Toilet

One logical solution to this problem is to try and stop your dog from entering the bathroom. This depends on your own habits and your home organization. Keeping the doors closed at all times is one of the solutions, but that doesn’t work for everybody. Some people who have smaller dogs keep their dog litter box in their bathroom. This means that their dog has to enter the bathroom. You can either put the litter box somewhere else or keep the lid down at all times. Keeping the lid that way will work if your dog doesn’t know how to lift it.

Offer a Better Solution

The reason that your doggy is so fond of your toilet is the fact that the water there is cool and always running. The porcelain keeps it fresh. Your dog is not aware of the dangers that lurk from your toilet. The bacteria and other dangerous microbes are not the only things to be afraid of. Remains of the cleaning products, as well as the toilet bowl fresheners are dangerous for your puppy. They can cause stomach problems. Buy a porcelain water bowl for you dog. Keep the water fresh and replace it several times a day. You can even buy a pet water fountain and place it at a more convenient place and your dog will forget all about your toilet. If this is not possible, at least remember to drop a couple of ice cubes in your dog’s water to refresh it.

Dog Training

There are many ways to train your dog. If you don’t feel that you can do it yourself, you can even hire a professional to do that for you. Some pet centers offer this kind of service. You need to search for dog training centers in your area and find the most reputable ones. Call them and ask them about their training services and ask for detailed descriptions. You don’t want to do anything that you are not 100% sure about. You should get this sort of training for your dog only if the center and the dog trainer feel absolutely right to you. Also, they need to have excellent recommendations.

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Gadgets and Devices

Many people have the same problem with their dog. Some companies recognized this problem and offered solutions. One of them is the gadget that sets off the alarm when the lid of your toilet is up. If you have an emergency plumber that is probably a plumber you trust. Call them and ask them for advice about installing a drinking fountain for your dog. Perhaps the costs will not be as high as you expect. Your plumber might have tips about cheaper ways to give your dog access to running water.

Your options are to prevent your dog from reaching the toilet, offering a more appealing alternative or train them not to do it. The choice will depend on you, the character and the race of your dog and your determination to stop this behavior. Whatever you choose, you need to put your dog’s health at the top of your priority list.

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