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5 dog water bowls to help keep your floor mess-free
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If you think it is only your dog that drips water everywhere after drinking, I have news for you…

All dog dogs do!

But, as annoying as cleaning the mess is, they’re not being sloppy on purpose.

So, since your dog is not being sloppy for fun and you’re going to live with him anyway. Which dog water bowl can make the mess less… annoying and easier to clean?

In this article, we are going to look at 5 dog water bowls that will help curb your dog’s messy drinking habit. Plus, some other accessories that will prevent any mess from spreading.

But first, let’s see why your dog seems is so sloppy with the content of his water bowl.

Why Is Your Dog So Sloppy When Drinking Water?

Why your dog is sloppy when drinking water and how these spill-proof bowls can help
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Dogs are unable to suck or sip water as we humans do.

Instead, what they do is curve their tongue back into a spoon-like shape and try to lap the water really quick before gravity pulls it back into the bowl.

While this is going on, a lot of the water spills all over the floor.

And, it gets worse if your dog is super thirsty, has beards, or… is just a sloppy drinker.

You can resign to fate and a lifetime of slushy puddles and wet socks. Or you can get a water bowl that will reduce and, possibly, eliminate the spills.

And, since you’re reading this article, I assume that you choose the latter. 

So, let’s see what makes a good dog water bowl for your sloppy drinker.

Or skip to the mess-proof dog water bowls.

4 Things You Must Look Out For in a Mess-Free Dog Water Bowl.

1. Design.

When picking a dog bowl for a sloppy dog, you will be presented with two options: splash-proof and spill-proof.

Yes, they are both designed to curb your dog’s sloppiness.

However, one might be best for your dog’s snout over the other.

For instance, if your dog has a narrow snout, beards, or large ears, then a spill-proof dog water bowl is best for him.

This type of dog water dish usually has a narrow opening for the dog’s mouth and as such reduces contact with the water (Perfect for dogs with beards or large ears).

If, however, your dog has a flat face, then the best choice would be the splash-proof type.

Controlling your dog’s ferocious and messy drinking style starts with choosing the proper design for your breed.

2. Material.

The material used in making dog water bowls is either ceramic, stainless steel, or plastic.

Ceramic dog water bowls are… luxury items. They’re heavy and pricy. Plastic bowls on the other hand are quite affordable and lightweight, but they absorb odor and scratch easily.

However, stainless steel dog water bowls are, in my opinion, the best and safest. They are durable, scratch-proof, lightweight too, and they are smooth and easy to clean.

Plus, they don’t absorb odor or harbor bacteria.

3. Size and Capacity – important!

How important?

Well, dogs drink a lot, especially when they are thirsty or during a hot summer day.

How much your dog drinks depend on his breed and size. Large dog breeds need a large-sized bowl to fit their snout as well as provide enough to quench their thirst.

Small dog breeds need a medium-small dog water bowl for the same reason – too large and it doesn’t control water droplets; too small and your dog can’t fit his snout in the bowl.

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If the capacity is right for your dog, you don’t need to refill very often – you might just inspect to confirm that the water is still clean and drinkable

4. Ease of Cleaning.

You will have to clean your dog’s water bowl after some time.

I recommend you choose a dog water bowl that makes the cleaning process and reassembly easy – less than 5 minutes is okay!

Most dog water bowls are dishwasher safe.

However, if you prefer washing yours in the sink, then a mild soap or detergent and sponge should be enough to get it sparkling clean.

So, knowing all these, what are the best dog water bowls that can stop or control a sloppy dog’s slurping?

Top 5 Dog Water Bowl for Sloppy Drinkers

1. LumoLeaf No-Spill Dog Water Bowl.

If your dog’s idea of drinking is quickly gulping and walking away from the bowl with water pouring out of his mouth, then you need the LumoLeaf No-Spill Dog Water Bowl to control his sloppiness.  

Not only does this dog water bowl control sloppiness, it also prevents your dog from drinking too fast or putting his paw into the water bowl.

The numerous plastic parts can be intimidating at first, but they easily snap in place or come off when you need to clean the bowl.

Oh, and it is dishwasher safe!

The bottom of the bowl is specially designed to stop the water bowl from sliding around while your dog is drinking. However, if your dog really wants to move it around, he will.

LumoLeaf No-Spill Dog Water Bowl has a capacity of 35 Oz, which means there’s enough water to quench your dog’s thirst at any time. Plus, it’s easy to see when the bowl needs refilling because the floating layer is always slightly above the water level. 

This floating layer is what controls the movement of the water and prevents it from splashing on the floor, in the car, or an RV.

The first time you introduce the LumoLeaf No-Spill Dog Water Bowl to your dog, you may need to push the floating piece so he knows there’s water in the bowl.

2. Road Refresher Non-Spill Dog Water Bowl.

The next water bowl for managing a dog’s sloppy drinking is the Road Refresher Non-Spill Dog Water Bowl.

Like the previous dog water bowl, this one also has a floater.

However, what I like about the Road Refresher Non-Spill Dog Water Bowl is that your dog can see the water without you having to push the floater.

There are fewer plastic parts to assemble in this dog water bowl. This makes it easy to pull apart, wash, and reassemble.

Another interesting part of the design is the top cover (the black one with a curved rim). This rim does two things.

One, it keeps the water from spilling over the edge of the dog water bowl irrespective of how vigorously the bowl is toggled.

And two, the small hole in the center will only allow your dog’s snout into the bowl.

This is perfect for dogs with beards that unintentionally drip water everywhere after drinking from their dog water bowl.

The rim will prevent their beard from dipping into the water and making a mess.

Just make sure you thoroughly clean dirt and grime from under the rim because it can easily be forgotten due to its color.

This version holds just 19.84 Oz of water, pretty small if you ask me.

3. Kurgo Splash Free Wander Water Bowl.

Similar to the one we’ve just seen; the Kurgo Splash Free Wander Water Bowl has a lip that curves back into the bowl to prevent splashing

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It is made entirely from easy-to-clean food-grade silicone that can hold 24 oz of water.

That means it doesn’t have a floating piece to control your dog’s drinking speed or any other pieces that need to be reassembled after cleaning.

Plus, the silicone base of the bowl (it’s all silicone anyway) prevents it from slipping around irrespective of how you drive or the driving conditions.

One sweet feature that makes Kurgo Splash Free Wander Water Bowl a great choice for use in the car or RV is the angled shaped of the bowl’s base.

On a flat surface, you’ll notice that the bowl is slightly raised on one side (this doesn’t affect the bowl’s performance). However, the bowl will be leveled when placed on a car seat.

Be careful though. While the design on the bowl means a bearded dog won’t get to drip water all over the place after taking a drink, bacteria or mold can easily build up under the lip.

You’ll have to keep that in mind when cleaning!

4. Neater Feeder Express Elevated Dog Bowls.

If your dog doesn’t necessarily drip water everywhere after drinking from his bowl, but actually messes the area around the bowl, then the Neater Feeder Express Dog Bowl might help keep things… neater!

What it basically does is trap spilled water in the bottom of the bowl and spilled food on top of the feeder. This makes it easy to clean any mess your dog might create.

Neater Feeder Express Dog Bowl comes with two stainless steel plates, however, they’re both really lightweight – the whole setup is lightweight.

It has rubber backing on the legs to prevent it from moving around while your dog is eating. But, I still recommend keeping a towel underneath the bowl to keep it fixed in place.

5. Indipets Stainless Steel Spill-Proof Dog.

Last but not least is the Indipets Stainless Steel Spill-Proof Dog Water Bowl.

First off, the dimension of the bowl is 7.7 inches across and 2.16 inches from the base. And, it has a capacity of 32 oz.

I think that is small because to get the full spill-proof and splash-proof benefit of this water bowl, you have to fill it slightly above the halfway point.

That’s roughly 24 oz. in the bowl, which is not enough water for a big, thirsty dog!

However, Indipets Stainless Steel Spill-Proof Dog Water Bowl works like a charm for small dogs that like to play with their water bowls.

Another issue is the weight of the bowl. It feels flimsy to the touch as if they tried to use as little metal as possible – again if you have a small dog this won’t be an issue.

Indipets Stainless Steel Spill-Proof Dog Water Bowl has a rubber ring around the base that’s supposed to stop it from sliding all over the floor. But, since it is lightweight the rubber does very little to stop it from moving, especially if your dog is determined to move it.

I think placing a towel underneath it might help keep it secure.

The splash- and spill-guard ring can be tough to pry off sometimes, and I think that’s great to prevent rambunctious dogs from prying it off and probably deforming it.

I just like the fact that it does what it is meant to do: catch splashes and reduce the watery mess that drips everywhere after your dog has finished drinking.

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Oh, and it has a nice little slot for lifting the bowl off of the floor – instead of fussing around with the base.

Bonus Items to Help Control the Mess Created by Dogs’ Sloppy Drinking.

1. Towel.

If your dog mostly creates a mess that is limited to the area around his water bowl, placing a towel under the bowl will help control and possibly eliminate the mess. Hammam Linen Absorbent Cotton Towels works great, however, if you have an old towel that should work. 

2. Potty Training Pad.

If you have some leftover dog potty training pad from your dog’s potty training days you can place one under his water bowl to absorb any mess. 

What’s the Best Choice Here to Help Keep Your Floors Mess-Free?

Keep your floors tidy with these mess-proof dog water bowls
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First off…

Curb your expectations!

The reality is that you have a sloppy drinker and, unlike humans, you can’t teach a dog to drink in a different way from what it is familiar with (scooping with his tongue).

So what can you do?

Look for a dog water bowl that helps reduce the mess they create by about 75%.

If you have a dog whose beard leaves a water trail far away from where the dog water bowl is, then I recommend you choose Road Refresher Non-Spill Dog Water Bowl or Kurgo Splash Free Wander Water Bowl.

Kurgo Splash Free Wander Water Bowl is great if you and your dog often take car rides together or you don’t want to sit in the back seat with him.

The design of these two (Road Refresher Non-Spill Dog Water Bowl & Kurgo Splash Free Wander Water Bowl) prevents long beards from dipping in the water, is great for dogs with long snouts, and it helps control the water waves created while a dog is drinking.

However, if your dog has a flat face then I recommend you choose LumoLeaf No-Spill Dog Water Bowl so your dog can drink comfortably without shoving his whole face into the opening.

LumoLeaf No-Spill Dog Water Bowl is also a great choice to slow down drinking in dogs that drink too fast and vomit some water or choke on it.

If your dog doesn’t drip water everywhere after drinking but creates a mess that is confined to the area around the bowl.

Then you should go for Neater Feeder Express Dog Bowl. It can also come in handy for aging dogs with joint issues that can no longer stoop to eat or drink.

If your dog is sloppy, but also likes to nibble on his plastic drinking bowl, then choose Indipets Stainless Steel Spill-Proof Dog Water Bowl. Even though it is lightweight, it will withstand a lot of assault, especially from teething dogs.

However, as a passing/side note, I recommend you check out these durable dog toys if your dog is chewing his water bowl.

Any of these dog water bowls will help cut down on the spills and mess from sloppy drinking. However, you have to go one step further and place a super absorbent towel like Hammam Linen Absorbent Cotton Towels under the water bowl to control the little droplets.

If you have an old towel at home, better. An alternative is to use a dog potty training pad.

Make sure you have a rag close to the water bowl so you can clean spills immediately you notice them – instead of dipping your foot in the water, then walking off to go find a mop or rag.

Hey, don’t just enjoy mess-free floors (and dry socks) alone.

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