If you are planning on exercising with your dog, it is important to ensure that they have access to water to stay hydrated. Hydration is essential for your dog’s health, especially during physical activities. In this article, we’ll explore the best ways to find water for your dog when exercising.


Carry Water With You

The easiest and most convenient way to provide water for your dog is to carry a water bottle and a collapsible water bowl with you when exercising. You can easily find collapsible water bowls online or at your local pet store. These bowls are lightweight, compact, and easy to pack in your backpack or attach to your dog’s leash.


When you stop to take a break or your dog appears thirsty, you can pour some water into the bowl and let them drink. Ensure that you bring enough water for both you and your dog, especially during hot weather. It is recommended that your dog drinks approximately one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day. However, this may vary based on your dog’s breed, size, and activity level.


Find Public Water Sources

Many parks, hiking trails, and other public areas have water fountains or other water sources that you can use to fill up your dog’s water bowl. It is important to ensure that the water is safe for your dog to drink. Avoid stagnant water sources or water sources that appear contaminated.


Some parks and hiking trails also have designated dog watering stations. These stations provide fresh and clean water specifically for dogs. You can ask park rangers or staff members about the location of these stations.


Carry a Water Filter

If you plan on hiking or camping with your dog, you may not have access to clean drinking water. In this case, you can carry a portable water filter with you. A water filter allows you to purify water from natural sources such as streams, rivers, and lakes.


There are many types of portable water filters available in the market. Some are designed specifically for camping and hiking, while others are suitable for everyday use. You can find portable water filters online or at your local outdoor gear store.


Train Your Dog to Drink From a Water Bottle

If you have a well-trained dog, you can train them to drink from a water bottle. This is especially useful when you are hiking or camping and do not have access to a water bowl. To train your dog, you can use a small plastic water bottle with a flip-up spout.


Start by showing your dog the bottle and letting them sniff it. Then, demonstrate how to use the spout by squeezing the bottle and letting water flow out. You can also offer a treat after your dog drinks from the spout. With practice, your dog will learn to drink from the spout without any assistance.


However, it is important to note that not all dogs will learn this behavior, and some may find it difficult or uncomfortable to drink from a water bottle.


Consider a Dog Backpack with Water Bladder

If you plan on taking longer hikes or walks with your dog, you can consider purchasing a dog backpack with a water bladder. These backpacks have a built-in water bladder that you can fill with water, and a hose that your dog can drink from. This eliminates the need to carry a separate water bottle or bowl.


Dog backpacks are available in various sizes and designs to fit different dog breeds and sizes. It is important to ensure that the backpack fits properly and does not cause discomfort or strain on your dog’s back or joints.



When exercising with your dog, it is important to ensure that they have access to water to stay hydrated. You can carry a water bottle and collapsible bowl, find public water sources, carry a water filter, train your dog to drink from a water bottle, or consider a dog backpack with a water bladder.


For more information on exercise and general health information, please check out;  www.exercisephysiologyinstitute.com

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