We’re here to answer that question, and many more like it! Read on to find out the answers to your most pressing questions. Whether you have a puppy or an older dog, we’ve got the answers for you.

Adult Dogs Need Water in Their Crate?

Yes, adult dogs need water in their crates. Water is essential for your dog’s hydration, especially during summer. It also prevents dehydration, which leads to severe health conditions like kidney disease or other ailments.

If you leave your dog inside your house for hours, he’s likely going to get thirsty. Providing water in his crate is the best way to avoid serious dehydration and other problems.

Do puppies Need Water in Their Crates?

Yes, puppies need water in their crates. Your puppy will want to drink from the bowl you’ve provided for her. Ensure the water bowl is heavy enough to remain in place when your puppy jumps into the crate. Your puppy might also want to do a number two in the crate, so keep an eye out for messes!

Does My Dog Need Water in Her Crate Overnight?

Yes, dogs need water in their crates overnight. Your dog will be thirsty (if he’s like mine) when you wake up, so providing water for him should be your priority. Investing in a bowl that attaches to the crate is a great idea. Many people prefer this option because it’s spill-proof.

How Can You Determine if Your Dog is Dehydrated?

Several signs can tell you whether or not your dog needs water in his crate:

1. He has a dry mouth and/or gums.

2. His ears are dry and hot to the touch.

3. He is unusually sluggish or lethargic

4. His urine is dark yellow in color (if your dog has an energetic personality, he may be holding his urine because he doesn’t want to go outside).

5. He doesn’t seem interested in treats and food (if this is the case, pay attention to your dog’s water intake).

6. He has a fever and/or is breathing heavily

7. His gums are pale or the color of coffee grounds

8. His gums bleed when you touch them

9. He is vomiting, has diarrhea, or has blood in his stool

10. He has decreased activity levels (in addition to seeming lethargic) instead of his regular hyperactivity

11. He seems depressed and/or in pain and insists on lying around all the time

12. He is panting heavily, especially if it’s hot outside.

13. He excessively vocalizes and/or chewing on his cage and collar.

14. He has an increased heart rate, which you can monitor by placing your hand over the chest (in dogs, if their heart beats faster than 140 beats per minute, they are considered to be in distress).

15. Your dog is hunched over, and/or his hind legs are weak.

16. Your dog has difficulty breathing normally (like short breaths) or may have labored breathing.

How do you know when a dog is Overhydrated?

If you give your dog too much water, he will suffer from hyper hydration. To find out if your dog is overhydrated, look for these symptoms:

1. Diarrhea or vomiting

2. Lethargy and weakness

3. Fatigue and a decreased appetite

4. The color of the mucus membranes (found in the mouth, nose, and eyes) is bright pink or red

5. Your dog doesn’t seem to have an appetite (you can also check his gums)

6. Your dog has dark-colored urine

7. Your dog’s temperature is elevated. This can be checked by feeling your dog’s ears

How much water should you give your dog?

To avoid dehydration and other health problems, you should only provide your puppy with 1/4 of his body weight in ounces of water (for example, if your puppy weighs 35 pounds, you should only give him 2 ounces of water each day). To find out how many ounces are in a pound, divide his body weight by 4. If you’re unsure of the amount, you need to give him, break up the water into small amounts (for example, if you were to give your dog two ounces of water for a day, you should give him one-half ounce and one-quarter ounce) and then give him 2/3 of the amount per day.

How often should your dog drink his water?

You will know that your puppy drinks enough if his breath is sweet-smelling and if he’s not panting or sweating profusely. It is best to allow your dog to drink as soon as you put him in the crate. This helps prevent unnecessary problems like vomiting and diarrhea.

Remember, your puppy’s body will tell you whether or not he needs water. If he hasn’t drunk enough, he will let you know – but only if you’re paying attention!

Always watch your dog and pay attention to his water consumption and behaviors (like excessive panting). You should pay particular attention when it’s hot outside.


These are the most common questions about dogs and water in the crate. If you’ve run into any others, please share them with us in the comments below! We’d love to hear from you!