It is critical to your dachshund's health to have access to cool, clean, fresh water at all times, both inside and outside the home. At a minimum, your dachshund should drink two ounces of water per pound of body weight per day. That means a twenty-pound standard dachshund would be expected to drink forty ounces, or five cups of water a day.
A good diet with plenty of water keeps this dachsie healthy and happy.
When the dog is exercising or the weather is particularly warm, this liquid intake can be expected to increase. If, however, your dog is suddenly drinking much greater amounts of water than he should be for his weight, take him in for an evaluation by your veterinarian. Extreme thirst is a symptom of several diseases, including diabetes.
Water can be kept in no-spill bowls — bowls that are weighted so they can't be tipped over by fun-loving dachshunds — or in stainless-steel buckets clipped to a crate to help avoid watery messes. Change the water in your dog's indoor water bowls daily to prevent the harboring of bacteria and fungi. Water kept outside should be placed in the shade and changed twice daily to prevent the introduction of unwanted mosquito larvae, as well as unhealthy buildups of dirt, pollen, or leaves. Water kept outside in the winter will also need changing frequently to prevent ice from building up on the surface.
The only time you may want to limit your dog's access to water is if you're working with housetraining issues. In this case, you might pick up the water a couple of hours before you plan on retiring for the night. Older dogs suffering from incontinence may also require limited water access at night.
If you are traveling, or even going for a visit to a local park for a few hours, bring along a jug of tap water from home. Not all water sources are equal. If you are at a park or on the road, you might not be able to find a clean water source for your dog when you need it. By carrying some water with you, you can be sure that your dog has clean water that will not upset his gastrointestinal tract.
Additionally, be alert in not allowing your dog to drink from natural water sources, such as creeks, streams, ponds, or lakes. This water is not treated, may contain harmful bacteria, and is nearly sure to make your dog ill. Keep him safe and healthy, and pay attention to what he is drinking!