Water Bowls for the Dog.

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My family and I have always been dog people.

Since my oldest kid was about 6 months old, I do not recall a time where our family has not had at least one dog. We take care of them, they take care of us. Simple as that, dogs truly are mans best friend. Our dogs have gone with us to the park, to the beach, stayed the night at hotels during road trips and sat peacefully on a boat on vacation while waiting for swimming time.

One thing that frustrates me more than anything is seeing people mistreat their dogs, or any animals for that matter. A common mistake is for pet owner to not consider outside temperatures and allowing their pets to overheat in the yard. One way to easily hurt your dog is to give it water in a metal dish. Metal heats up the water in the heat and the sun, so a dog that drinks from it can burn its tongue, throat, etc causing injury or even death.

How do you keep your dogs water safe in the sun? It is as easy as pie. Not that I know how to make pie. Here are 5 easy ways to keep your dog happy and healthy.

1. Give your dog a plastic or non-metal dish.
2. Replace hot water regularly with nice, cold water.
3. Add ice cubes for a fun, cooling treat.
4. Keep the dish in a shady place in your yard.
5. Be sure the dish is ALWAYS full, preventing dehydration.

How about some other ways to help you in keeping your dogs water fresh, cool and clean? Check out these special contraptions just for your friend:

WaterDog Automatic Pet Fountain. This is by far the neatest contraption out there, in my opinion. A sonar sensor can tell when your dog comes within three feet of the spigot, starts dripping water and shuts off when your pet leaves.

Aqua Buddy Automatic Waterer Pet Bowl. Hook this sucker up to your garden hose. Fills itself as necessary.

Bergan Autowata Automatic Watering Bowl. Same sort of idea as above, attaches to garden hose. This mounts to minimize water waste.

Drinkwell Outdoor Dog Fountain. This guy above is pretty cool. It filters out all the dirt and grime your dog might drop in while drinking. It holds 3.5 gallons and comes apart to toss in the dishwasher for cleaning.

Petmate Le Bistro Automatic Water System. This comes in an assortment of sizes and can hold up to 2.5 gallons of water. Perfect for days you won’t be around much to check on water supply, just fill it up and you are good to go. I like these for indoor use.

Another by Drinkwell, the 360 Pet Water Fountain. This holds about a gallon of water and the water flows out like a true fountain making your pets WANT to drink it.

Let me know of any tried and true backyard dog dishes you know of. I am always up for new ways to keep our dogs hydrated and healthy.

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