Can a Puppy Go All Night Without Water?
As a new puppy owner, it's common to have our parental instincts kick in and we want to treat a dog like a human infant. But, anthropomorphizing dogs is never a good idea. They are not little people in furry suits. Instead, they are a different species with their own set of needs and behaviors.
One question new puppy owners often ask is whether their pup can go all night without water. After all, we need to sleep for 8 hours or more, so why can't our puppies? The answer is complicated and has to do with a puppy's physiology and behavior.
Puppies rely on their mother's milk for hydration and nutrition for the first few weeks of life. After weaning, they start to drink water but they don't need as much as an adult dog. Once they have all their adult teeth (around 6 months old), they can drink as much water as they need.
But, there's another difference between human babies and puppies: Dogs are primal creatures. Their physiology is adapted to the wild. Wolves don't have a food and water dish inside their dens. When they need water, they must travel a distance to find a fresh water source. Therefore, puppies must follow their mothers or pack to a water source.
So, as Daniel explains, aside from having a medical condition, puppies are usually just fine going the night without water. It's important to appease some of the primal instincts in your dog.
With that said, for the proper health of the puppy, you should give them plenty of water, food, exercise, stimulation, and training sessions every single day. Fulfilling their needs during the day will help to prevent accidents and injuries when they don't have access to food and water at night. Of course, if your puppy is showing signs of dehydration, such as lethargy, dry gums, increased heart rate, or sunken eyes, you should take them to the veterinarian immediately.
But, by starting them early with crate training (emulating a den), and not allowing them to have access to food and water throughout the night, they will be better-adjusted dogs.
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