Dear Dog Lady,
I am the owner of 9-year-old sibling mutts. My dogs love to ride in the car, so I often take them for short road trips. If we will be gone for more than an hour, I bring a bowl of water so they can drink in the car. They always ignore the on-board water. When we get home, they lunge at their water bowl and drink huge quantities of it. I feel guilty because they are clearly water deprived. My question: Why do my dogs ignore their on-board water, making me feel like a really bad mommy?
A: Your dogs ignore their on-board water to torture mommy, didn’t you know? Just when you think dogs are going to behave the way you want, they don’t. Oh, these creatures definitely have minds of their own.
Good for you to bring the water; bad for you to fret about why they’re not drinking it. After many years of hovering, Dog Lady has come to the inevitable conclusion that dogs hate to be smothered. If you fixate on getting your pet to do something he or she doesn’t want to do, good luck bending the canine will. Obviously your mutt-sibs are well-hydrated or they wouldn’t turn up their noses at the car water.
Otherwise, your guys like to drink at home — the best way to explain it.
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