As a general rule, adult dogs need about one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. But growing puppies, despite their smaller size, drink more than their adult counterparts. A lot depends, however, on your puppy’s age, size, and activity level.
Very young pups fulfill their hydration needs from their mother’s milk. As they are being weaned and starting to eat solid food, they will need a fresh supply of water. Generally, young puppies need about one-half cup of water every two hours. You’ll want to monitor your puppy to make sure he’s drinking enough . . . and not too much.
Older puppies that have already been weaned generally need between one half ounce and one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. For example, if your pup weighs 20 pounds, he’ll need somewhere between 10 and 20 ounces of water each day. On especially active days, he may need even more water.
Your Puppy’s Water Intake During Housetraining
The water rules change a bit during house-training. It’s best to remove your puppy’s water bowl at night. Be consistent with the time you remove water, the same way you’re consistent with feeding times. As a rule of thumb, remove the food and water bowls about two-to-three hours before bedtime. So, if your lights-out time is at 11 p.m., a puppy should have no food or water after about 8–8:30 p.m. This gives you a chance to take him out for a one last potty break before settling in for the night.
It’s important not to take this advice too far by restricting your pup’s water during the day. Puppies are more prone to dehydration than adult dogs because of their greater need for water. Restricting water intake can also lead to obsessive behavior like resource guarding. So, even while housetraining, you should give your puppy his regular amount of water during the day.
Should a puppy have water in his crate at night?
It may be safe, but leaving water in the crate isn’t advisable for a puppy. She’ll already need outside breaks during the night, and leaving water in the crate with her will only disrupt her schedule and increase her need to pee. … Feed and water your puppy about an hour and a half before bedtime and get her outside.
Can a Puppy Go All Night Without Water? | The Beacon Dog Academy
Surprisingly, the recommendations for giving your dog water at night are a bit complicated. Firstly, it is important for dogs to drink enough water. Luckily, this is quite easy for most dogs to accomplish when provided with fresh water. Unlike some other pets, dogs are very good at responding to their thirst cues and drinking as much as they need. You can usually follow your dog’s cues when it comes to ensuring they’ve drunk enough water.
However, water can complicate potty training with puppies. If a puppy drinks water at night, it can cause them to need to go out within a few hours. If you’re asleep, you likely won’t take them out. Obviously, this can cause all sorts of issues. Therefore, some people recommend not giving your dog water at night, as it will prevent their bladder from becoming full.