The water bowl should be cleaned once per day. Many owners find it helpful to remember this by washing it out each evening as the dinner dishes are being washed.
Another great option is a canine water fountain, which makes drinking more tempting since it is always flowing. We'll discuss these more ahead when we touch on the effects of tap water.
2) Use stainless steel bowls for both food and water.
It cannot be overstated how terrible plastic bowls are. They easily scratch which allows bacteria to quickly grow in the tiny crevices, they do help at all in keeping water cool, those that are brightly colored can slowly leak dyes into food and water and they can be too easily pushed around by a dog's nose. Using a quality stainless steel (or ceramic as a second choice) bowl will help keep the water clean and cool.
3) Offer fresh or frozen fruit.
Fruit should be part of every Yorkshire Terrier's diet. Many are not only safe to eat, but are packed with vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants which can help with everything from the immune system to fighting off certain cancers. The natural sugar (fructose) does not spike insulin levels in the same way that processed sugar does and many are very low in calories and contain high levels of water. If you want your Yorkie to drink more water, you may want to change that thinking to 'eat' more water.
Some great choices which are relished by dogs either fresh or frozen (which are great for hot summer days
) include watermelon (choose the seedless variety) and strawberries (both have 92% water content), mango (84% water), orange slices (87 %), pear slices (86%) or blueberries (80%). Be sure to only feed fruits such as these that are safe and offer only fresh fruit since the canned type can contain lots of added sugar and chemical preservatives.
4) Make it portable.
Whenever you leave the house with your Yorkie for daily exercise
via walks or venturing outside on a hot day for more than 20 minutes, bring water with you. It's also a good idea to bring water if you'll be taking your Yorkshire Terrier with you to visit friends or will be having him/her be your companion for running errands. Too many owners assume that their dogs will drink enough when they get back home and this often is not the case. One of the easiest ways is to have a canine water bottle and travel
bowl combination. A quality one will be easy to carry, will keep water cool and the lid serves as the bowl. Take a break at the halfway point, pour some for your Yorkie and let him lap it up. Dogs will drink when water is offered, particularly when it is done in a new environment (during the walk, at the park, etc.).