Me and my dogs simply can’t do without a good dog water bottle or travel bowl. When you are on your walkies you may not realise that your dog is getting thirsty until water is offered to them or they start drinking from a nasty puddle!
For years I never took water with us on walks. I assumed my dogs were not bothered but did notice them drinking once they got in, so I realised they must have been thirsty. Doh!
After purchasing my first pet water bottle, I have never looked back. It goes with us on all our walks. My terrier Berkeley has even learnt how to ask for water by coming up to us and making a sucking sound with his mouth. Too cute!
Realising it was an essential piece of dog walking equipment was the easy part. As always, the hunt for the perfect water bottle was a little harder.
Not one to be deterred and with two thirsty dogs to walk, I tried two new products (I do love a bit of innovation on my hunt for dog products). One is a brand new concept that I couldn’t wait to test and the other is a design you will be more familiar with although there is a unique twist.
Lick & Flow Pet Water Bottle
I was excited to try out the Lick n Flow. The idea is very clever and no bowl is needed at all, just the Lick n Flow bottle.
Here’s how it works. The hygienic stainless steel bottle has a patented roller ball in the nozzle. Simply remove the cap and tilt the bottle. Nothing comes out on its own accord (well, maybe a dribble so do turn it quickly) because the floating ball blocks the hole but let your dog lick and hey presto, as they lap the water comes out.
No bowl required and no waste or fuss.
It also comes with a carabiner-style clip for that all important hands-free carrying. Love it!
The water capacity goes from 250ml in the small bottle all the way up to an impressive 750ml (26oz).
Watch this video for a short demonstration. I tried it on my elderly terrier who has dementia, thinking he would not get it at all, but as you can see he took to it like a dog to water
Snack-Duo Dog Water & Treat Bottle
A unique twist on the traditional water bottle, Snack-Duo is one bottle with two entirely separate 12oz compartments inside - one for water and one for dog treats.
Yep, you read that correctly
What an innovative idea - one bottle with 2 separate compartments for water and snacks. It even comes with a small Popware Travel Cup for drinkies, which I will discuss later. Very handy.
Simply flip open the wide snap lid on the snack side to dispense dog treats or pop open the water-tight cap to pour your dog a refreshing drink into the collapsible cup provided. Woof!
Of course, you can take any bottle of water on walks with you. Standard water bottles are fine but do take care if you reuse the bottle. Make sure you give it a good clean in hot soapy water and make sure it is thoroughly dried before it is reused. Also make sure the condition of the bottle hasn’t deteriorated.
So anyway, you have your water bottle. To go with it you will need a travel cup or bowl, unless of course you have the Lick n Flow bottle that we talked about above.
My favourite travel bowls are ones that are lightweight, fold flat and ideally can be clipped to my belt or dog’s lead, so I don’t have to carry it, try to squeeze it into my pocket or fumble about for it in my bag.
The three travel bowls that I want to tell you about are the Popware Collapsible Dog Travel Cup, the Fold-a-Bowl Dog Travel Bowl by EzyDog and the Original Quencher Bowl by Ruffwear.
They are all a similar idea but slightly different in practice so I’ll explain each one.
The Popware Travel Cup is small and handy. It is light and durable plus it collapses completely flat. Yay. Simply pop it out when your dog needs a drink. It has a carabiner-style clip which I love as you can easily attach it to your dog's lead, your bag or belt loop. I think it is great for small to medium dogs. The two cup sizes hold 8oz or 16oz.
The Fold-a-Bowl also folds flat and can be clipped to your belt, dog’s lead etc… To use it you fold it inside out and it turns from a flat bag into a sturdy travel bowl. It’s a nice roomy and stable shape that can be placed on the ground and filled up. I like the size too, especially for larger dogs. The two bowl sizes hold 25oz or 40oz. That’s a very respectable 700ml or 1200ml.
For an all-purpose travel bowl, try the Quencher Bowl. This high quality bowl can be used for food or water. It is lightweight, durable and collapses flat for easy carrying, packing and storage. A handy loop on the back makes it easy to attach it to your belt or bag for hands free carrying. With three sizes available, from 0.75 to 2.5 litres, they are suitable for small to large or multiple dogs. It is even machine washable. Love it.
So those are my picks. If you have been put off in the past from carrying water for your dog, I hope these products have given you some ideas. It doesn’t have to be a big inconvenience with these handy items and your dog will be very grateful for some all important H2O.