Understanding Your Dog
Does your dog drink water out of the toilet?
There are two common reactions to seeing your dog do something so gross: point and laugh or yell and shoo them away. However, this doesn’t mean that your poor dog is crazy. He or she is actually following instincts and doing what they think will get them cleaner water.
In the wild, dogs know that it is better to drink fresh, running water than stagnant water that sits in the same place for too long. Toilets are constantly being flushed and the water is switched out regularly. Dog’s water bowls, on the other hand, are stagnant if you don’t change them out frequently enough. Dogs are drawn to the toilet because it more closely resembles water in a running stream. They actually think it is the freshest spot to take a drink!
What can I do?
The obvious solution is to either close the bathroom door or leave the toilet seat down to deter your pet. However, changing out their water bowl several times a day can also be a great way to keep them interested in it. If you can’t remember to keep the bathroom door closed, you could also purchase a pet fountain that puts running water through a dog’s bowl.
In case your dog still gets into the toilet, make sure you keep in clean. Use a scrub brush along with a gentle toilet bowl cleaner for the best results. Never leave a solution sitting in the toilet over night or use a strong cleaning agent like bleach. This will be more harmful to your pet than the dirty water itself.
People with pets are more prone to plumbing emergencies because sometimes dogs drop toys or bones down the toilet. If you have a clog or are in need of drain cleaning, contact a plumber such as Mr. Rooter of Central PA. Toilet issues are a huge inconvenience, so never wait around to get them fixed!