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Old 08-05-2019, 10:58   #1
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Dogs drinking seawater

Sea/ocean-water is harmful to dogs.
Is it possible to train a dog not to dring seawater?
If YES, how do you do it?
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Old 08-05-2019, 11:04   #2
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Most dogs don't like the taste of seawater, but some will drink some.

I have never heard of a dog who would drink enough to cause damage, that would be quite a bit regularly, over time.

Can you train a dog not to drink seawater? Sure. It's not magic, it is just like training a dog to do (or not do!) anything else.

If that is your real question, I'd suggest asking on a dog training forum...
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Most dogs don't drink seawater for fun. If they do it is because they are thirsty. Just make sure he/she has plenty of fresh water available and you won't have any problems.

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Most dogs don't drink seawater for fun. If they do it is because they are thirsty. Just make sure he/she has plenty of fresh water available and you won't have any problems.

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Old 08-05-2019, 11:12   #5
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Sea/ocean-water is harmful to dogs.

Is it possible to train a dog not to dring seawater?

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A smart one will drink seawater, throw up and decide not to do that again.
At least our Lab did, and we donít consider he to be very bright.
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A smart one will drink seawater, throw up and decide not to do that again.
At least our Lab did, and we donít consider he to be very bright.
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A smart one will drink seawater, throw up and decide not to do that again.
At least our Lab did, and we donít consider he to be very bright.
And some will drink saltwater and throw up. And then repeat on each visit to the water. Golden Retriever with no sense of pain and a slightly below normal IQ.
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Re: Dogs drinking seawater

My experience is that most dogs will taste seawater once, some of those will drink enough to throw up, but most will not repeat the process. One or two don't seem to learn.

The smartest dog I had (Newfoundland) barely tasted it an never went back. My current lab, who is not bright, also barely tasted seawater and doesn't seem to think it is good. Maybe that's due to their Canadian origins.
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A smart one will drink seawater, throw up and decide not to do that again.
At least our Lab did, and we donít consider he to be very bright.
Haha so my lab wonít drink seawater, but is happy to drink diesel and oil tainted puddles of water around the boat yard🤦🏻*♂️

He does however like his tennis ball when itís been in the sea, so no idea. Labs eh? Lovable but thick.

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Dogs drinking seawater

I Love Labs and miss ours, and we tried her on the boat, but she was miserable and just way too big for the boat.
Labs exist for one reason, everything they do is to please you, a complete polar opposite to a Cat.
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A smart one will drink seawater, throw up and decide not to do that again.
At least our Lab did, and we donít consider he to be very bright.
My not so smart, and late, Portuguese Water dog would drink, throw up, and then drink again...

Died of old age.
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Re: Dogs drinking seawater

I've had lots of dogs, most dumber than a bag of hammers but never seen one drink sea water, a couple of laps at it but not drink it.

I'm guessing you have a special dog :-)

My 2c.....If it doesn't learn by itself after a while, when you see it drink sea water you will have to yell at it or smack it with a rolled up newspaper or best yet the cardboard boxes from cling wrap, makes lots of noise but no harm (take the serrated edge off). Then immediately offer it fresh water, and do the good boy, pat pat pat thing.

I'm no dog trainer but this process seems the most inline with the natural life of a dog pack and usually works.... Well city dogs anyway, bush dogs don't have cling wrap.
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Re: Dogs drinking seawater

I've had three dogs that were ocean dogs. My last dog would go in for a 20 minute swim, paddling around the Cove. All of them drank sea water, none of them got sick, never washed any of them down with fresh water even though they were in salt water everyday for about 200 days.

They all made it to old age.
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