Having designated dog bowls for outside dogs ensures proper feeding practices and maintains yards and homes looking attractive. Ideally, any dish used for feeding or watering your dog should be easy to clean, non-toxic and safe for dogs to chew on. Materials used to make these bowls may range from simple stainless steel to durable collapsible plastic for frequent feeding on the move. Dog bowls for outside dogs are normally wider than those used in indoor dog food or bowls, to fit the larger canine.
There are two types of dog bowls: those that sit atop a regular bowl and those that elevate to provide a more elevated feeding experience. Upright types allow you to place food and water bowl underneath while elevated types extend above the dog, keeping them within reach of your hands. In choosing between these two types, you must consider the height at which your dog will stand as well as their size and weight.
Small dogs do not eat or drink much during the day so they do not require special dog bowls with high sides or bowls with deep bowls. Most small dogs prefer to have food and water bowl within their reach at all times. Some breeds like German shepherds, Irish setters and cocker spaniels do not eat or drink much throughout the day and still require a high side dish to feed them at night. Consider your dog’s breed, activity level and activities when choosing dog bowls. Upright dishes are easier to clean because you can just reach under the dog bowl and remove the food. Most elevated dog bowls are made of molded plastic, which requires little effort to clean.
Dog bowls for outdoor use are useful for long walks, lounging around the house or when entertaining guests. Choose an elevated dish to accommodate your dog’s long furry tail. They are available in plastic, wood and metal and come in different sizes to accommodate varying sized dogs. Make sure your dog’s feeding area is not too high or too low. If your dog eats its food from a high surface, it may develop neck, back or shoulder problems later on.
Choose dog bowls that are dishwasher-friendly and made of durable materials to prevent chipping or cracking. Food that has been left in the bowl for too long can begin to sour or discolor. If this happens, it is recommended that you rinse out the dishwasher-friendly material by running the water faucet until the water comes out clean. For stainless steel, there are dishwasher-safe options that are dishwasher-friendly but can withstand the heat of the dishwasher. These dishes often come in metal or plastic containers so they can be transferred directly into the dishwasher without problems.
Provide your pets with a variety of dog bowls so they can choose the one that fits their individual needs. Size and shape are important factors when choosing a bowl for your pet. Round shapes and medium-sized dishes fit snuggly around your pet’s ribs and make it easy to load into the car. A rectangular shape is an excellent option if your dog is tall or has thick, strong thighs. A long, tapered shape is ideal if you have a pet that eats large amounts of food during the day. And remember that your pet’s feeding location should be comfortable and accessible.
There are many different brands of dog bowls available today. There are metal, plastic and stainless steel dishes to choose from. If you want something unique, you can even get ones that have a humorous message printed on them. Some people have funny sayings on their dishes for protection purposes, while others just use cute sayings like “Puppy Cash” or “My Little Pug” to make your pet feel happy. Your pup will love getting this unique dish and it will help teach him about monetary concepts.
When buying dog bowls for your canine companion, keep in mind that there are many different options. You can buy elevated bowls to prevent spoilage, as well as many different types of collapsible bowls. With so many great choices, you can select the perfect one for your pup’s needs!