About 4 months ago we unexpectedly adopted a 9 year old aussie (maybe?) mix. Her owners didn't want to pay for bladder stone surgery and they brought her to a vet to have her put down. The vet thought of us since we currently have an aussie and a border collie and we ended up with Gizmo. We have no history on her except her most recent bladder issues.
So I've just noticed that she is afraid of all water bowls except one of the big plastic ones we have down. We are a bit of a dog hotel with our friends and family so we keep 3 large bowls down at all times, but it wasn't until I started paying attention that I realized she only used one of them. So we experimented last night and put down just the big blue bowl. She will walk up to it and sort of case it out. Then she'll attempt to approach from all different angles, but will jump back. Then she'll stand as far away as possible and lean in to take maybe one gulp before jumping back. It is really strange. We watched her behavior for a few minutes and then put the one she likes back down.
I'd really like to get her past this because not drinking water on our hikes isn't safe (this is why I started paying attention to her habits) and I'd rather not have to bring this one bowl around with her forever.
Any thoughts? Thanks!