Dog water bottles are not only a great dog accessory, but they are also a pet travel necessity. Items such as pet collapsible bowls have their place, but the convenience of a bottle reduces water waste and will last for the duration of a day out. So, how do dog water bottles work and what makes them different to a normal drinking water bottle?
How Do Dog Water Bottles Work?
Dog water bottles typically have a ball bearing which forms a vacuum with the metal tube in the bottle and this creates a seal preventing the water flow. When the ball bearing is licked it breaks the vacuum seal and releases the water by acting like an opening and closing valve.
Dog water bottles can work in several different ways and it depends on the kind of pet water bottle you have purchased. The two key players you will no doubt come across are the ball bearing bottle and the 2 in 1 bottle and bowl so let's take a look at how both of these work.
How Does the Ball Bearing Bottle Work?
The concept of this bottle is smart and simple. There is a metal drinking tube with a ball bearing inside. The ball bearing and tube join to create a sealed vacuum which prevents water from being released. When the ball bearing moves, water will flow and when it stops the water will stop.
The ball bearing moves by your pet licking the tip so as they are licking the tip, the water is released, and your dog can re-hydrate. When they stop licking, the ball bearing stops moving, and the vacuum seal stops the water flow.
The mechanism acts as an open and closed valve. The trick to using this bottle is not understanding the mechanism itself but it's more about adapting and training your pet on how to drink from it.
Not only is the technology smart but it's also lightweight, made from quality materials such as stainless steel and it will keep your water ice cold.
How Does the Plastic 2 in 1 Bottle and Bowl Work?
This type of bottle allows you to have a bowl essentially attached to the bottle. It moulds around it making it compact and easy to carry. The bottle simply pulls out and you squeeze it to get the desired amount of water into the bowl. Any that is not used can be thrown away and then it is closed together so you can be on your way.
My personal preference of the two and the one I use everyday is the stainless steel ball bearing bottle. Why?
Stainless steel and ceramic bottles are great safe materials to use when it comes to pets consuming food and water. The stainless-steel bottle will keep your water ice cold and the water waste is non-existent thanks to the ball bearing (valve) mechanism.
How Do You Use a Dog Water Bottle?
If you are using a 2 in 1 bottle, then all you need to do is tip it and squeeze the plastic bottle to fill the bowl.
If you are using a ball bearing water bottle, then you simply hold it at a 45 degree angle and let your pet lick the tip and the water will begin tor release. If you find it is dripping too much, then reduce your angle slightly.
Can Dogs Drink Out of a Bottle?
We have many customers whose dogs drink from a bottle and love it. Take a look at just some of the comments and reviews we receive from many customers. Even the cats are joining in on the fun!
"We love our travfurler bottle, it keeps his water nice and cool and it is travel handy with its little clip, we were able to clip it on to the kayak with ease. It has a slow release so the water doesn’t simply pour out. Lightweight and a must have for all adventures. Thank you."
"We really recommend this pet water bottle for traveling and taking your pets on adventures! It is super light and comfortable for carrying around. Ii is very intuitive and from the first moment Nut already new how to drink and really likes stopping and asking for water! Another great product by our favourite pet travel brand"
"This bottle is amazing. I take it everywhere now for my two dogs. One of them is very fussy with drinking water from bowls so this is perfect. I put a little bit of peanut butter on the end when first introducing it to him so he could learn how to use it and now he drinks so much from it, way more than he use to drink from bowls 😊"
"Loki adores his travfurler water bottle. We've been on holiday these past couple of weeks and it's gone everywhere with us! It keeps him hydrated on energetic walks and easily clips on my belt to carry around. He actually gets excited about stopping for a drink!"
How Do You Walk a Dog with Water?
If you are a new dog owner and you are venturing out with a puppy, you may not have thought to get a collapsible bowl or a water bottle. You could have carried the normal drinking bowl on your trek or taken a random plastic bottle you have just finished your sipping your coke out of. These ways are obviously not practical or the best methods. Many villages have pubs and cafes which leave dog bowls outside, always a nice touch and really shows how pet friendly many places are. ideally, to walk a dog with water being available, you need something practical, lightweight, and most importantly, something they will actually use!
How Do I Teach My Dog to Drink Water?
If they are thirsty, they will drink but this isn't always a guarantee when you are not using a dog water bowl. To teach dogs to drink from a bottle you may need to apply some of their favourite treat or spread to the tip of the bottle and slowly get them to realise that water is released.
Fish, chicken, or peanut butter are all good enticers if you can spread a little on to the tip of the bottle. I must admit we didn't have to do this, but we have seen one or two instances where it doesn't come naturally especially in younger dogs. This method could come in useful for them.
What Type Of Water Bottle is Best?
To prevent the risk of harmful chemicals such as BPA getting into the water, and to keep the water ice cold with the best mechanism of releasing water, we are going to go for the stainless steel pet water bottle. There are other bottles available, and it may just be that a collapsible bowl is the best option for you.
To conclude, there are a variety of options from bottles to bowls to simply waiting until you arrive at a dog friendly pub. I hope this article has helped you learn how dog water bottles work. It's simple yet very effective. One thing we are sure of is that your dog should not get dehydrated, and you should take as much care as you can to keep them full of water all day long, especially when you are out travelling and hiking with them.