I have had this same problem with a couple of my Tollers Todd. It usually takes a little over a week of restricting their water to a "normal" amount before they settle down. That said, my first one with the problem was a breeding bitch and I had to watch her water consumption when she was nursing puppies because she would revert back to drinking everything in sight, and consequently peeing everywhere.
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Anyone can train a Lab......
maybe even a Toller person....
I have one water obsessed dog. She will vomit if she drinks too much at once, so I break it up. The obsession comes and goes. Our problem only occurs in the house and we have 3 dogs inside. When I feel she has had enough, I say her name and then "enough." She stops drinking and goes to her dog bed. It's sort of like a leave it command for her. Of course you have to teach the dog the command. Works great and keeps me from having to empty the bowl and allows the other dogs access to water.
Would it be fair to compare this type of behavior to human who chew their nails, cheek suckers etc?
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I have learned one thing scouting around some different places this week. Day one she drank obsessively and got pretty sick. Felt poorly for the rest of the day. Day two she felt better but didn't drink. Day four after resting a day, we see it again to a degree but not as badly. It seems... as usual... a tired dog is a good dog. That, or finally getting REALLY sick from the behavior taught her a lesson. I believe more strongly in the former vs. the latter but we will see how things progress through the rest of the season.
My dog did the same as a puppy. After getting sick a few times, she learned to drink at the perfect speed: fast enough to drain an entire water bowl in minutes, but not fast enough to get sick. I never worried about it much and gave her as much water as she wanted.
She's 10 now and about a year ago, she started having issues holding her bladder when I was gone for the day at work. The vet did a bunch of tests and determined she was healthy, just getting a little old. Per his suggestion, I just give her less water now, particularly when I'll be gone for the day. She still drains a full water bowl within minutes of me putting it down...
I had one in this summer that inhaled water going out on a water retrieve to the point of collapsing upon returning.I would offer water before but seemed to refuse.I did make sure that no feed was consumed 8 hrs prior which made for a pain to schedule workouts.
I kept all marks to 50 yd max.I`m guessing about 15 sessions of 3 different singles at 50 yds on water for a couple weeks and getting sick somewhat slowed the consumption down but not completely.
Talked to the owner about it and he was here a couple times to witness it.We will see how it works out if in fact it ever does.I have a friend that had some derby points on a real nice lab that did the same thing and he sold the dog because of it. Jim
The "right decision"to a retriever is generally that decision which feels good or is the most convenient.So its the trainers job to teach the dog that what feels good is that which pleases the trainer.
Maybe after this episode with the salty water she might quit the habit?
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