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    Default Drinking water like a water buffalo

    Seamus has started this super weird habit. Instead of lapping up his water like a normal dog he tries to eat it! He sounds and looks like a water buffalo when he is done. I am constantly having to clean his face and his nose rope to keep them dry. His nose rope keeps getting really red and irritated from all the water.

    Is this normal? I thought it was because his water bowl wasn't clean and there were pieces of food or something in there. I now clean his water bowl and give him fresh water all the time but it still doesn't make a difference. I also make sure there isn't an excessive amount of water in the bowl to make sure he isn't getting it everywhere.

    Any suggestions? Am I doing something wrong? Is there something I can do to make him start drinking water like a normal dog again?

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    Default Re: Drinking water like a water buffalo

    I don't really have any suggestions for you..seems like just another bully thing. They are always doing things a little different than most dogs..
    I'm not sure that Stouffer drinks his water like this, but he is VERY loud in the water bowl. I like to say he is "washing his mouth out" because there is always food and slobber floating in the bowl when he is done
    As for the nose rope..it happens. I just try to keep it as clean and dry as possible, but it seems every now and then it gets a little tender.

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    My aunt is 88 years old and wears two hearing aids...if I'm on the phone with her and Dudley is drinking water...she can hear him!!! Honestly, I think the neighbors can hear him. I call him the snufulupagus when he drinks water. I don't know if he's "eating" the water, but vacuum cleaners have nothing on him! I bought something called a "neater feeder" for him to stop the madness of water flying everywhere. There's a bottom section and then the two bowls sit in a separate top section that has drain holes. The thing has high sides to keep the water in too. When he slops the water out it goes in the holes and into the bottom tray...I couldn't afford the paper towels any more!

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    Vegas sticks his whole face in his bowl and drinks, slurps, when he comes up for air he has water pouring out both sides of his mouth. I keep "shammies" by his bowl to immediately wipe his face and chin.

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    Yep, a bully thing. Some of ours will drink normal, and some will drink like you described.
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    Default Re: Drinking water like a water buffalo

    I agree, Ulysses is a messy drinker too. I'm like you Kathleen, Im not too sure myself if I can still afford paper towels. However, I do dry him very quickly and put some baby powder in his chin and folds, seems to keep the moisture at bay and less redness.

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    Buster does this same thing and the hippo's on the Nat Geo channel seem to have more grace then he does when he drinks water. It's a Bulldog thang.

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    Sarah is very loud drinking water. I can hear her all over the house. Maybe put some desitin or zinc oxide on the nose rope to keep the water from irritating. These bullies are very different

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    Default Re: Drinking water like a water buffalo

    Quote Originally Posted by DudleysMom View Post
    My aunt is 88 years old and wears two hearing aids...if I'm on the phone with her and Dudley is drinking water...she can hear him!!! Honestly, I think the neighbors can hear him. I call him the snufulupagus when he drinks water. I don't know if he's "eating" the water, but vacuum cleaners have nothing on him! I bought something called a "neater feeder" for him to stop the madness of water flying everywhere. There's a bottom section and then the two bowls sit in a separate top section that has drain holes. The thing has high sides to keep the water in too. When he slops the water out it goes in the holes and into the bottom tray...I couldn't afford the paper towels any more!
    Man, your post made my laugh so much, thanks.

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    Totally normal for BANKS!! She has done this since she was a pup... does not lap/lick the water.... she chews/bites it. BTW - she is 8 yrs old today and STILL does it. I keep a towel on the floor next to the bowl
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    Default Re: Drinking water like a water buffalo

    See, I try to fix these problems, Rocky drinks perfectly normal, Rambo, Much like y'all are describing, everything but a snorkel and mask. So I over thought the situation, and decided his water just wasn't cool enough, if it was, he wouldn't be drinking so much. So i empties about 4 ice trays of ice into his water bowl thinking if nothing else, it should slow him down some anyway. WRONG!! I went to the bathroom, and just as I came out, he was pawing at the ice cubes to get them out of his way, and dumped 2 gallons of water onto the floor.......Back to the drawing board!

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    Default Re: Drinking water like a water buffalo

    Bella gobbles her water too and gets more on the floor than in her mouth!!
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