Reticulating Water Dog Bowl

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Introduction: Reticulating Water Dog Bowl

Just thought I'd share in case anyone else has a similar problem...

I have a very fussy puppy. She does not like still water in bowls and will refuse to drink from them to the point of dehydration.
She has now worked out that the good fresh water comes from tap's.

This provoked me to build my reticulating water bowl...

It took me 1/2 hour to build and has given my dog her own little water fountain..
It consists of:-

10l bottom tank (food/water container)
40cm x 5cm Garden pot saucer (plastic is suitable rating e.g not poisonous)
40cm clear vinyl tubing
12v water fountain submersible pump
1/2 threaded nipple (to connect bowl to tank)

Everytime she walk's near it, she run's over and almost sucks on the tube...
It run's 24/7 and has been working non stop for 3mth's now.
She think's it's fresh, new water every time it comes out the spout.

In the future I hope to make the unit ceramic and tile mozaic the inside of the bowl for effect..

Hope you like it.... :)



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Every time Ben goes out the back door to relieve himself he expects freshly filled water upon return. I believe he has a distaste for room temperature water. This idea may serve my purposes although if I'm correct it won't help temperature wise. 7 years ago? I've been a Pro for awhile and am still finding Structable's I haven't seen!


I made a decorative fountain out of two 30 gallon garden tubs (the black 'pool' tubs hardware stores sell for garden pools) one is set up on bricks so it is slightly higher than the other and it has a lip so the water falls from it to the lower one. Then I put a submersible fountain pump in the lower one and have the tubing run up to the top one through a fake old-fashioned pump handle. I put water plants and gold fish in it and my dog drinks out of it constantly. I have to top it off every couple of weeks or so in our dry desert air. But this way, you have something pretty/cool in your back yard, you can watch the gold fish grow, the plants keep the algae away, the gold fish eat what is left (along with some daily goldfish food), birds visit it to drink, and the dog is happy. She never notices the fish coming up to her tongue as she is drinking, and she chooses to drink the goldfish water over her regular in-house tap water in her bowl. You do have to empty this for wintertime though if you live in a below-freezing area.

My cats preferred the fish bowl to a water bowl too. I had to put it out of their reach when I caught one of the cats playing 'bear and salmon' one too many times.

Very nice!! Any pictures?

I like this bowl and I am thinking of making it for my cats but I want to know how the pump is connected on the bottom. Can you please provide instructions on how/where to hook the bottom of the pump into the container on the bottom? Also, it looks like there is some kind of nut/washer on the bottom of the pan that leads to the bottom container. Am I correct, or is that something else I am seeing? Are there instructions posted somewhere on this site on how to make this instead of just pictures? Thanks!

In short, no instructions. The pump is a submersible one located within the bottom resouvoir. the "nut" you are seeing is the drain from the top dish to the bottom resouvoir. the pump simply send the water out the spout then it drain from the dish back again. Thus cause it to continuiosly cycle the water. depending on the size pump you use, you will need to alter it's flow/drain hole size to make it not overflow the bowl.

Great Idea. I live in Tucson AZ and water in a bowl for my dogs not only gets hot during the summer months but it also allows algae to grow, and my dogs dislike that a lot, it must taste very bad to them and perhaps gives them gas or other nasty effect. Maybe the recirculation will slow algae growth and will increase evaporation keeping the water cooler. Maybe I can use a very porous holding pot that will allow water to "sweat" through its walls and therefore cooling the water in it.

Yep a ceramic resouvior would work best for cooling the water. Yes the algae growth with dramatically be reduced. I know this for a fact as my stagnant water bowls incur algae within a week... I haven't seen ANY algal build up what so ever. Thanks for your comment.

nice and very cool! I would love to be your dog in this case

Yeah she loves it still!!