Ah I have just managed to track this thread down again! I just wondered if any of you dog experts have any suggestions opinions on my dogs drinking habits, or lack of. I have an 8 1/2 month old Retriever which I have had since nearly 8 weeks old and I think he has probably only drunk from his water bowl about 4 times in all this time. and that is with me trying to entice him by splashing around in his bowl. Today he drank 3 mouthfuls from my cupped hands. He has played with ice cubes having fun throwing them around the room. We have put them in his bowl to entice him to fish them out but no luck. It was hot at the weekend but he didn't drink and was actually sick once possibly from the heat. I feed him dried food which I am now putting more water with probably about half a pint twice a day, is this enough for him? The only water he willingly drinks is from any puddle or from an old barrel we have in the garden which is now almost dry and pretty yucky. If I water pots he tries to lick up the water before it soaks in and licks the ground when it drips through the hanging basket. He is a very licky dog and will lick off fingers. He always looks up for some of husbands beer and will lick some from his fingers but even some beer in his bowl he wasn't interested in. His water bowl is metal the same as his food bowl which he eats from happily. I just wanted to check that I didn't need to worry. He is lively, eats well enough and seems healthy .