This may be a silly question, but I've been given mixed information about leaving water in my dog's crate during the day while I'm away at work. It only seems appropriate that a dog would need some moisture during the day, just as us humans, but some animal owners say that since the animal cannot relive himself during my absence, I should not leave water in the cage. Thoughts, anyone?
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I've never forced my dogs to do anything, I tell them they are good dogs and they seem to follow me, once I told them they were bad dogs and they ran away from me, now I only ever tell them they are good dogs and they always are, always.
This may be a silly question, but I've been given mixed information about leaving water in my dog's crate during ... that since the animal cannot relive himself during my absence, I should not leave water in the cage. Thoughts, anyone?

Well look at it this way, the dog is crated, it feels thirsty so it wants a drink, dog drinks from bowl then eventually needs to pee, in it's own den that it can't get out of, so it pees then has to lie in it's pee for god knows how long.
Other option, dog is crated, dog feels thirsty, but can't drink as there is no water bowl, so it gets more and more thirsty, poor dog, possibly aggitated and frustated, poor dog, but it still can't drink.

Now what do YOU think is the best option, never mind what the rest of the people think, this is YOUR dog and YOUR decision.
The only other option is to train the dog without crating, then it can have it's water and relieve itself without stress.
So there you go, you can work out the answer on your own.

Paul
Dog or Pup? How old?
It only seems appropriate that a dog would need >some moisture during the day, just as us humans, but some animal owners say that since the animal cannot relive himself during my absence, I should not leave water in the cage. Thoughts, anyone?

How long is your dog in a crate?
ALso your dog needs to be able to a have something to do a ll day in the crate, so I would suggest a nicely stuffed KONG to keep him/her savagely amused. : )
My dogs can drink from many stations through out the house, all day,and if I am gone all day I would come home and there would be more than likely, nothing to clean up.
Paulette~
"The only thing about resisting temptation
is you might not get another chance"
Where would the dog relieve itself, ("without stress"), if there was no one home to let it out, and doggie doors are not an option?
I've never forced my dogs to do anything, I tell them they are good dogs and they seem to follow ... they ran away from me, now I only ever tell them they are good dogs and they always are, always.

Where did the original poster say that she forced her dogs to do anything?

Matt. Rocky's a Dog.
Hi Heather,
Does your dog have to be in a crate ?
I would hate to deprive a dog of water for that length of time , more so when its warm as it is in the Uk now,
Why not get someone to call around and walk her , it will give her a chance to wee and break up the long day .

Alison
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This may be a silly question, but I've been given mixed information about leaving water in my dog's crate during ... that since the animal cannot relive himself during my absence, I should not leave water in the cage. Thoughts, anyone?

Yes. If you are gone all day and your dog is left in a crate, he should have water. This is not a good way to keep a dog even though many people do it.
Charlie
Where would the dog relieve itself, ("without stress"), if there was noone home to let it out, and doggie doors are not an option?

In a box with sand in it that the dog is trained to toilet it.

Paul
The only other option is to train the dog without crating, then it canhave it's water and relieve itself without stress. So there you go, you can work out the answer on your own.

you do realize that not crating isn't an option for everyone, right? for example, let's say you have a dog that tends to get shot if it gets loose, or if police come near it. then lets say you have a home security system that will call the cops if someone breaks in. now say someone tries to break in, the cops come, and your dog is loose in the house. cop sees "vicious dog" and shoots it. who wins here?
or let's say you have two dogs, and maybe one of them is dog aggressive. or one or both of them may turn out to become dog aggressive. or maybe they just get aggressive over toys or food or things they find in the garbage can. what do you do? leave them loose and see which one survives?

here's another one. let's say you have a dog with separation anxiety. let's say this dog does things like scratch the hell out of the door and window sills trying to get out if she's left alone. maybe she's a powerful dog, and might try to go through the window to get out and find her master. maybe she pacifies herself by chewing the furniture to little pieces. what do you do here? leave her out and hope for the best? lock all the good furniture in the garage and put bars on the windows?

-kelly
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