Why does my dog drink before walk?

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  1. senseless macrumors 68000

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    If I pick up my dog's leash for a walk, she'll quickly run to her water bowl and drink before going out. What is she thinking?
     
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    Maybe your dog needs to drink before meeting new people. Some have anxiety and use it as a crutch.
     
  3. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    Maybe she is intelligently hydrating herself in advance of the walk. Remember, dogs perspire by panting, and not the way we do.
     
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    Or maybe she wants to make sure she can tinkle well while she's out.
     
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    There is that, too, agreed, but I felt that drawing attention to it might be stating the obvious.

    A dog out walking sees - and experiences - the world in several different dimensions and though a number of different senses. And is able to do so far more than we are.
     
  6. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    Or, picking up the leash triggers a pavlovian response, in this case, resulting in the sudden urge to drink.
    Might be interesting to see if the same thing happens with a different leash!
     
  7. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Are dogs intelligent enough to plan ahead like that?
     
  8. Scepticalscribe Contributor

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    They have pretty good memories and can link what may seem to be unconnected events.
     
  9. senseless thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It'll happen when she knows she's going out. Today, I just got my jacket on and she ran to her bowl.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    I'm guessing its thirsty and will want a drink before she goes out.
     
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

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    Your dog is just really smart about hydration.
     

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