How to Make a Homemade Dog Water Feeder

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Dogs cool themselves by panting and need constant access to water to keep from overheating.
Dogs cool themselves by panting and need constant access to water to keep from overheating. (Image: dog image by Krzysztof Gebarowski from Fotolia.com)

Dogs need water available at all times. Just putting a large bowl out can lead to the dog playing in the water and isn't safe for small animals or children. Use an auto-waterer to deliver fresh water. Auto-waterers work by forming a vacuum. As water pours into the tray, air enters the bucket allowing the water fill the tray. Once the water level is above the hole, the air has no way to get into the bucket. As the pet drinks the water, the water level drops and air can get into the bucket, allowing the water to flow out until the tray is replenished.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 gallon paint bucket
  • Large planter tray
  • Drill

Drill a 1/4-inch hole near the bottom of the gallon bucket. The hole has to be lower than the top of the planter tray.

Place the bucket inside the large planter tray.

Cover the hole with a finger. Fill the bucket with water.

Put the lid on tightly.

Remove your finger from the hole.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use larger buckets and trays, but they are harder to refill.

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