Automatic watering dishes are great to ensure your dog has a steady supply of fresh water. They are, however, very expensive. They are also awkward to fill and to clean. You can make your own self-watering dog bowl with a water jug and a couple of plastic containers, all which you can purchase at your local home store and grocery store for less than $20.
Things You'll Need
- 5-gallon bottle
- Plastic box
- Dremel tool
- Hobby knife
Purchase a 5-gallon bottle from your local grocery store. You can find them at the spring water station. Also purchase a dishpan and a second small box. The dishpan should be plastic and 18 quarts in size. The second box should also be plastic. The base should be 6 inches, while the top should be 8 1/2 inches. Sterilite makes a model called the Fun Box. If you purchase the Fun Box, you will not need the lid.
Cut a hole into the bottom of the small box. It should be the same diameter as the mouth of your 5-gallon jug. You want the jug to be snug, so do not cut the hole to big. Use a Dremel tool with the spiral cutting attachment to cut the hole out. Smooth out the edges using a hobby knife or sand paper. If you choose to use a hobby knife, be very careful not to cut yourself. Keep your free hand firmly placed on the bottom of the box and away from the cutting edge.
Insert the water bottle into the hole you just cut in the bottom of the small box. Fill the bottle with water using a hose or the faucet in your shower.
Place the bottle over the top of your 18-quart dishpan. Turn the bottle and box upside down, so that water can flow out. Place them in the center of the dishpan. Place the whole contraption where your dog normally drinks.
Refill the bottle as needed. Clean the dishpan, bottle and box at least once a week to ensure clean, healthy water for your dog. To do this, take the box and bottle out of the dishpan and wash them with soap and water.
Tips & Warnings
- When you invert the bottle, it will fill the dishpan to about 3 inches deep. From there, as your dog drinks and the water level drops, a bubble of air will make its way up through the bottle and the air pressure in the bottle will force more water out.
- The dishpan can be replaced with any large plastic container that will house the smaller box and will hold at least 3 inches of water.
- The box should remain attached to the bottle. There is no need to ever remove it, ensuring that the connection remains tight.
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