What is Baited Water?

It is water with some kind of “bait” to entice the dog to drink the entire bowl, and is a technique used to hydrate teams of Siberian sled dogs before taking them mushing.

Before going further, there are two rules for Baited Water.


Rule #1: Your dog will need to go potty VERY BADLY 45-60 minutes after drinking baited water.

Don’t feed baited water:

  • Before work in the morning
  • When leaving the dog alone for more than an hour


Rule #2: Wait at least an hour after feeding baited water before exercising your dog.

Nobody likes to jog on a fully belly, including your dog.

This is especially important with large breeds prone to bloat.


Baited Water can helpful to:

  • Prepare dogs for physical activities
  • Older dogs
  • Sick dogs
  • Dogs convalescing from surgery
  • Dogs with a low “thirst drive” (healthy, but you’d like them to drink more water)

Your dog requires ½ to one ounce of water per pound of body weight per day.

For example, a 50 pound dog would require 25-50 ounces of water per day.

That’s up to three full pint glasses per day!


How do you make Baited Water?

So you’ve got a bit of chicken fried rice left over from last week.

Slightly stinky? Doesn’t matter.

Fill your pet’s water dish almost to the top and add your flavoring.

The amount of flavoring is a not-too-much-not-too-little that depends on what your “bait” is.

Crushed or un-crushed kibble generally works well, and it is easy to add more flavoring.


Examples of Baited Water flavorings:

  • Crushed or un-crushed kibbled
  • Bone broth (chicken, turkey, pork, cow)
  • Tuna can water or vegetable oil
  • Raw goat / cow milk
  • Minced ham / chicken / beef
  • Leftovers from the ‘fridge
  • Use your imagination

***  Stacking Baited Water with a treadmill session 2x a week gets your dog fully hydrated 100x a year **

Doggytread likes this technique for kitties, too.

Filling a bowl full of baited water for your kitty friends:

  • Potentially increases kidney function
  • Helps prevent urinary tract blockage in male cats
  • Is a great way to fully hydrate droopy kitties that aren’t feeling well