Have you been noticing your dog drinking from your water glass? Here we discuss the problems, the causes, and why your dog is acting so strange.
My Dog Drinks Out Of My Glass
Your dog drinking out of your water glass isn’t a huge issue. If your dog is clean, it’s not necessarily a health hazard. It is important to set boundaries and make sure your dog knows to drink out of its own bowl. Try and find out why your dog has suddenly started drinking from your glass and make sure they’re happy with their own water bowl.
Can My Dog Get Me Sick By Drinking From My Glass?
The short answer is yes, you can get sick if you drink from the same glass as your pet.
Of course there are many factors to this. It depends on if you have an outdoor pet or an indoor one. Where your pet goes, how clean they are etc. The good thing is there aren’t many infections that can transfer from pets to humans. Ringworm, roundworm, and other parasites cannot be transferred through saliva. The main issue being protozoal infections. These are infections caused by single celled organisms that cause severe diarrhea, malaria, dysentery and much more. This would only happen though if your animal had drank enough water previously that was infected.
Why Won’t My Dog Drink Out Of His Water Bowl, But He’ll Drink From My Glass?
While there is no solid answer, there are a few factors that come into play when questioning why your dog has stopped drinking from their water bowl and started drinking from yours.
- If your dog is an alpha dog, they may be doing this as a sign of dominance.
- Your dog may have gotten bored with their water bowl and is looking to switch it up, oftentimes we will see dogs start drinking from toilets if this is the case.
- They may not like the location of their water bowl and simply are drinking yours out of convenience.
- Dogs can go a little loopy in their old age as well as humans. They may just be mistaking their water bowl for your glass.
How Do I Get My Dog To Drink Out Of Its Bowl Again?
There are a few key things you can do to get your dog to drink out of his/her bowl again.
- Location location location
- Oh the bowl somewhere different, maybe your dog has just decided they don’t like that spot anymore. Change is good!
- Mix Food
- Sometimes at first, it’s beneficial to mix in some wet dog food or (my personal favorite) chicken broth. Just use a small amount, and after a few times make sure to start weaning the mixture to eventually just water.
- Clean Bowl
- Always make sure your dog has a clean water bowl!
- Dirty Water
- Have you forgotten to change your dogs water recently? Dogs will not drink dirty water and yours is clean! So they will drink that instead if their water is dirty.
Can I Drink From The Same Cup As My Dog?
Technically, yes you can! The dogs mouth is a very clean area and there aren’t any diseases that can really be transferred through water/saliva.
Can I Drink Something My Dog Drank?
Although it’s probably not great to actively decide to drink something that your dog has been drinking, it most likely won’t cause you any harm. Diseases aren’t transferred from saliva like that. That being said, if the dog had something dirty in its mouth then you could have the potential of getting sick.
Should A Dog Drink Out Of A Cup?
While it’s fine if a dog drinks out of a cup every now and then, they should have a proper water bowl that is made for dogs. Water bowls have the design they have for a reason. It’s easier for dogs to drink out of and easier to place on the ground where it’s best for a dog to get to.
Why Does My Dog Only Drink Water From A Glass?
If your dog is only drinking water from a glass, then the issue is probably that of your dog not liking his water anymore. Dogs get bored too! Try changing their water bowl, or the location of the bowl. Make sure the bowl is properly cleaned and the water is fresh. Try putting small amounts of chicken broth mixed into the water for a little bit.
My Dog Wants To Drink Out Of Human Cups, Should I Stop?
While medically for both parties it isn’t an issue, boundaries wise, it’s probably best that your dog doesn’t drink from human cups everyday. Now you have a couple options to have your dog stop doing this. The first option is to teach your dog the “leave it” command.
By doing this you can say leave it when your dog is around a human glass and eventually will know not to drink from human cups. The next option is to simply keep all human glasses and cups up away from where the dog can get them. Lastly, if it’s a matter of your dog just not liking their water, try cleaning their dog dish or putting a small amount of chicken broth in the water.
Can I Share My Water Bottle With My Dog When Hiking/Running?
Say you’ve forgotten your dogs water bowl while out on a hike or a run. It is totally okay to share your water bottle with them as long as you feel comfortable doing so. It’s also very important to never let your dog get dehydrated while out! So it’s best that they are getting some water no matter where it’s coming from.
Is It Dangerous To Drink Water Already Drunk By A Stray Dog?
Stray dogs are known to be riddled with diseases. There is no knowing what they’ve been eating or where they have been. It is not a good idea to drink water that has been drunk by a stray dog.