People often ask me for advice when they have questions about their dogs – or if not advice, then they ask what my experience has been in regards to their question. For that reason, I’ve started a new category here Up on the Woof: The Woof on Dog Products, where I will share my experiences with different products.
This is where I’ll tell you about products that have worked for me, and my dogs, and maybe some that haven’t.
Finding the Right Doggie Watering Fountain
With five dogs in our house, filling the community water bowl can be a full time job. Over the years, we’ve tried various self-watering bowls, with varying degrees of success. The biggest issue with all of them has been that they either didn’t hold enough water for our multi-dog household, or if they did, the bowl was slimy and full of debris before the water ran out. When we moved into the log cabin, we were faced with an additional issue: the house worked on a cistern, and even though the water is potable, we haven’t always been confident of its purity. So we decided to try out a dog water fountain.
Switching from a standing bowl to a fountain may take some getting used to for your dog. When we first made the switch we had a hard time getting Waldo to drink from it. The noise and moving water worried him. He kept putting his paw in the bowl and splashing the water out.
The first fountain we tried was on the small side. It held 2 quarts of water. The pump was kind of noisy and was small and fussy to disassemble for cleaning. The filter was a tubular mesh that fit over the pump and was quickly overwhelmed with debris. As it only held 2 quarts of water, our five dogs drained it quickly and it needed frequent refilling and cleaning. I could never get it to work right after cleaning, but would have to let the pump dry out completely before reassembling and filling.
The second fountain we purchased was more expensive, but it has worked great for us. It is a K&H CleanFlow Fountain. It was more expensive than the first fountain, but it was money well spent. The CleanFlow filters the water up to 130 times per hour. It has a quiet pump that is easy to take apart for cleaning, and holds a large stand-alone charcoal filter. The filter catches any hair or debris and the replacement filters are inexpensive. When you clean it, you can see how well the filter works! The pump can be reassembled immediately and will work right away, without a lengthy drying time.
The best part about the CleanFlow is that every size holds more than a gallon of water. We bought the largest size, which holds two gallons. Our dogs drink more water since we got the fountain, because the filtered and moving water tastes fresher. The fountain came with two cleaning brushes; one for the bottle and one for the pump. When the water gets low, a rattling noise lets you know that the bottle needs to be refilled.
When you are making the switch to a fountain for your dog, keep in mind how many dogs will be using it so you choose the right size, and remember that there will be an adjustment period for your pet.