Portable Dog Water Bottles for People and Pets on the Go

One variety of stainless steel portable dog water bottle, the H2O4K9.
One variety of stainless steel portable dog water bottle, the H2O4K9.

Finding the Right Portable Dog Water Bottle Is Not as Easy as It Seems

Although dozens of portable dog water bottles are available through pet product suppliers, finding the right portable dog water dispenser for you and your pet has its challenges.  Brick and mortar pet product stores, large or small, offer only a fraction of the dog water bottle styles available, and thus a shopping trip to your local pet store will show you only a few options. The Internet offers all of the styles available, and although you can find the entire range of portable dog water bottles on the Net, choosing the right search terms to find what you are looking for can be daunting.  While you are “window shopping” the many offerings out there, remember that your dog has specific hydration requirements that need to be met when you are hiking, camping, road tripping, working, exercising, eventing, or just taking an evening’s visit to the local dog park. Just as important, you have specific requirements for the effort you put into managing the equipment that meets your dog’s hydration needs. This guide will help you find the right portable dog water dispenser to meet the needs of both you and your dog.

Things to Think About - How Big and How Active Is Your Dog?

A 90-pound dog has hydration requirements that are different from a 20-pound pooch.  A dog water bottle with a 20-ounce capacity is a better choice for a 90-pound dog than one with a 10-ounce capacity. If your dog is a serious drinker, and you plan to be away from water for an extended period of time, you may want to use more than one dog water bottle. Alternately, you could put extra water in a larger container and refill the dog water bottle when necessary.

Just as humans, some dogs are more active than others. I was always surprised at the amount of water my daughter's 70-pound dog would drink during play compared to what my 80-pound Goldie would drink. She was older and less active. My daughter's pooch would drain his Gulpy in a few sloppy minutes; my girl would take a dainty lick or two and then head off for the nearest shade tree.

Both the size and the activity level of your dog are important considerations in choosing a portable dog water bottle.

Things To Think About - Plastic or Stainless Steel?

In general, stainless steel should have a longer lifespan than plastic. Most stainless steel dog water bottles are equipped with a rolling ball that dispenses water as your dog uses his tongue to rotate the ball. When shopping for a stainless steel dog water bottle, read the manufacturer's description, care instructions, and warranty carefully. As you would expect, stainless steel bottles are pricier than plastic.

Plastic portable dog water bottles are not only more reasonably priced, they are also lighter in weight. If you plan to ask your dog to carry his own water (and possibly additional provisions as well), give some consideration to the amount of weight that will go into his backpack. If you are planning a three-day hike and carrying all your equipment on your back, you know the weight-saving value of something so seemingly insignificant as stripping the cardboard cylinder out of a roll of toilet tissue. Have the same consideration for your dog.

Things to Think About - Quality and Reliable Retailers

As you take a look at the variety of portable dog water bottles on the market, take the time to carefully read not only product specifications and warranty information, but also customer reviews when they are available. Check out the retailer’s rating and return policy, too. And look at pricing differences and weigh them against shipping charges.

The best place to research and find the right portable dog water bottle for you and your pet is online. Check out these offerings.

Plastic Dog Water Bottle Features To Consider

There's a huge variety of plastic portable dog water bottles on the market. Here are some features you will want to consider when making the right choice for you and your dog.

  • Wide mouth for adding ice?
  • Carrying strap or belt clip?
  • Dishwasher safe?
  • Does the bottle rest on the ground or do you have to hold it?
  • Capacity? (Mini bottles hold around 10 ounces, standard-sized bottles up to 22 ounces, and canteen styles up to 36 ounces.)
  • Can the cap and dish be attached to any standard-sized water bottle?
  • Will the bottle fit in a car's cup holder?
  • Are materials recyclable and non-toxic?


Canteen Style - A Good Choice for Large Dogs

Canteen style portable dog water dispensers generally hold more water than the bottle styles. Capacities range from 26 to 36 ounces.

These are excellent choices for large thirsty dogs and for road trips where neither you nor your pet will be carrying water while walking.

Stainless Steel Dog Water Bottle Features To Consider

You will want to consider these features as you shop for your stainless steel dog water bottle.

  • Carrying strap or belt clip? One may be more comfortable for you than the other.
  • Roller ball delivery so that your pet has to lick the cap in order to dispense water? Not all dogs take right away to this kind of delivery system.
  • Wide mouth for adding ice?
  • Constructed with non-toxic and recyclable materials?

Portable Dog Water Bottles Make Excellent Gifts!

Think about gifting your dog-loving friends and family members with portable dog water bottles. These useful pet accessories come in so many styles, colors, capacities, and prices that you can make a perfect choice for any pet and his person, for any occasion.

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Portable Dog Water Bottle

  • Washing: Care for your dog water bottle as you would care for your own. After each use, wash with mild soap in warm water, rinse thoroughly, and let air dry. Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for cleaning.
  • Water temperature while filling: All dog water bottles are designed for room-temperature or cold water filling. Do not be tempted to fill a bottle with boiling water so that it can cool off rather than freeze during a winter hike. Boiling water degrades plastic, possibly releasing toxins, and may damage the seams of a steel bottle.
  • Dropping the water bottle: Treat your dog water bottle with caution, as you would the other possessions in your life. A stainless steel bottle can be dented and its seals displaced by dropping on a hard surface. Likewise, a plastic bottle may suffer fracture of one or more of its parts. No manufacturer will guarantee its product against irresponsible use.
  • Placing the filled portable dog water bottle in the freezer: You may be tempted to do this, as you prepare for a hot summer hike in the mountains or a day on the beach. You may think that by the time the heat of the day thaws the water in the bottle, your dog will have a cool drink. Don’t do it. Water expands when it freezes and puts pressure on its container. Long before your dog can have that refreshing drink, the dog water bottle may be ruined by the expanding water damaging the mechanical parts of your dog water bottle.

We’ve Come a Long Way, Baby!

Gone are the days of pouring a canteen of water into a Stetson to give a faithful animal companion a refreshing drink after a long hot ride out on the range. Today we have many excellent products to choose from. Use the information in this guide to enjoy your shopping, taking plenty of time to plan for your needs as well as your pet’s.

They no longer may be riding horses, but members of the 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division are still breaking in the Stetsons.

Is Your Dog Afraid of the Portable Dog Water Bottle?

Not all dogs take readily to drinking from an unfamiliar source. If your dog is reluctant to give this water source a try, there are positive training techniques you can use to help him along. See what Whitney05 has to say about encouraging your dog to drink from a portable dog water bottle.

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Aiden Roberts 6 years ago from United Kingdom

Great hub, found this hub hopping, voted up.

Well done.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Thanks for the good words, Aiden! Now I'm off to start reading your dog training Hubs. You have a new fan.

proudgrandpa 6 years ago

Let me get this straight, I am supposed to buy a dog a $20.00 stainless steel water bottle and I am still cupping my hand under the water faucet to get a drink. What is this world coming to?

You, my friend come up with the most interesting hubs. I love to see our troops having some fun.


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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Neil, one of the things I love about you is that not much gets past you! You did get it straight.

Now, when I write a Hub about shopping for portable human water bottles, I'm going to expect you to buy one of those and stop drinking out of your hand.

As always, my friend, I just adore your comments. ~Sherri

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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great ideas! Do these come in a 5-gallon size for my Great Danes?? lol

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sabu singh 6 years ago

Amazing how much research and effort you put in to your always interesting Hubs ST. We live and we learn, thanks to you.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Habee, I think your Danes need a 10-gallon cowboy hat and one of those over-sized Micky Dee insulated water coolers. You do have a truck where the gate opens in the back, right? :)

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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Very informative and comprehensive hub. I am sure it is a great help to dog owners.

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FlyingPanther 6 years ago from here today gone tomorrow!!

Sally, great hub as always and very informative,keep up the great work my friend.

Love always


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akirchner 6 years ago from Central Oregon

Cool hub - and so important. I find the ones that hook on your belt really sturdily work best but of course we are usually flying along on a scooter or bike (or sled) and or being dragged at the speed of light by our malamutes! Funny thing for ours though is that they very seldom want to drink water and we have to rest them for quite a while before they will decide they want it! Whereas my mom's lab drinks it constantly....too funny. Again, great info and SO essential for dogs' welfare!

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Jen's Solitude 6 years ago from Delaware

Sally the title alone caught my attention, but the hub held it from beginning to end. :) Never knew there was so much to know about doggie water bottles. Great info and very useful hub!

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Sabu, it is amazing how much there is to say about portable dog water bottles. Who knew? Thank you so much for the kind words. :)

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

HH and FP, thank you so much for reading and commenting. I always look forward to reading your words.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

akirchner, I've found that the belt clip versions don't work very well for me, unless I clip them to the absolute back of my waist. It might have something to do with my natural "sashay". LOL. Inevitably, the clipped-on bottle, when placed around my hip, manages to turn itself at least 90 degrees and then eventually fall off my belt.

I am intrigued about your malamutes not being very interested in water when they are working hard, as opposed to your mom's lab. There's still research to be done about dogs' hydration needs. The best way to guage those needs is in the intimate relationship between dog and human. Clearly, you have learned what your dogs need and want.

Thanks so much for your astute comments which lend so much to this Hub.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Jen, I'm so glad you enjoyed reading this, that these words kept your attention from beginning to end. I'd already had a good deal of experience with portable dog water bottles, using them and selling them, but it wasn't until I started to write this Hub that I paid very close attention to sellers' claims and prices and to the depth of features available. I think there's more to be said on this topic, but I'm going to give my head a rest for now. :)

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patdmania 6 years ago from waterford, mi

You can buy portable canvas dog bowls also. They are great with a dog backpack. You can make your dog carry your water and portable canvas bowl in their backpack. I know ebay and http://www.snoopyspets.com has them also. Thanks for the good hub!!!!!

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Thanks for adding another resource, patdmania. There are many wonderful products out there.

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patdmania 6 years ago from waterford, mi

There are tons of cool pet products. I love the portable water bottles. I always take my dogs hiking and this looks like it would be a great product for that.

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annemaeve 6 years ago from Philly Burbs

This is great! I had no idea they came in stainless steel. Now I want my own brick-and-mortar that actually stocks a decent selection of choices!

Love you, love your hubs.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Annemaeve, do you think we could make a B&M business out of selling portable dog water bottles? Wouldn't that be quite a boutique business? Maybe enhanced with upscale coffee drinks. And tomato and cantelope treats for doggies. Let's give some thought to that. :)

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trish1048 6 years ago

Who woulda thunk it? I too, never realized all the things you have to take into consideration when shopping for a portable dog water bottle. Personally, as you know, I've never had the need for one with my dogs since they never went any further than town with me. Not to mention, they had my old creek to drink from if they wanted. However, I couldn't stop them from drinking from the pool! Apparently they never drank enough of that to make them sick, thank goodness.

As always, dear friend, your research is second to none :)

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Thanks for the good words, my friend! It really is amazing that buying a portable pet water bottle can be as complicated as shopping for an electric coffee pot. So many styles, colors, capacities, and features! Next thing you know, they'll be putting chips in the bottles to monitor and display data such as water temperature, freshness, and maybe even to tell you what time it is. LOL

loriamoore 6 years ago

I had never thought about this because I don't have dogs, but they do need to stay hydrated, don't they?

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

They sure do, loriamoore. Just like we do. Thanks for reading and commenting!

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mulberry1 6 years ago

These definitely look like a good idea for anyone who takes their dog along on hikes, long walks, and so forth.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Right you are, Mulberry. Just like we take a bottle of water along for ourselves, the dogs need it too. I'm glad there are products out there that make it easy to do.

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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

Amazing work, here. It's a little surprising to find out how picky some animals are as to how they eat and drink. My little baby waits until I back up about 2 - 3 feet. He needs his space. He likes to nibble from my hand and eat like he's starving from his bowl...as he looks around to make sure no one is observing too closely. He embarasses easily.

Very good tips here...My pooch seems to prefer water poured up in a bowl. Cool, if possible. Ice, anyone?

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Right you are about how picky some can be (just like people!). Where Avi guzzles water from any container, bowl or bottle, and loves ice, Cin was a reluctant Gulpy drinker and had no use for ice. Now, let's not talk about our kids!

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marisuewrites 6 years ago from USA

I hear ya, my kids will eat anything on a plate, and unfortunately, our 4th child...(the "dog"...shhhh we haven't told him yet) will eat everything that's not good for him -- especiallly if he thinks the cat is eyeing it. LOL

I love these characters. So entertaining.

shygirl2 6 years ago

I'll have to tell my sister about this one...she walks her dog daily. :) Thanks for sharing it with us.

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Better yet, shygirl2, maybe a dog water bottle would make a great birthday or holiday gift for your sister and her dog? Thanks for reading and commenting.

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Peggy W 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

My Mother's Pomeranian (now ours since she died earlier this year) won't even drink from those low water fountains in dog parks. Of course he is not there very long and actually he does not know that he is a dog. Shhh! I won't tell him if you won't. Haha! Useful hub for those dogs that will drink out of portable water bottles!

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Sally's Trove 6 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

LOL, Peggy. My Goldie never really took to a Gulpy, although she'd give a lick now and again. And she'd have nothing to do with sticking her head in a water bucket at the barn. Maybe your Pom and my girl were related!

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Suki C 5 years ago from Andalucia, Spain

I live in Spain where there's a huge need for a good way to carry water when out with my dogs and I never knew that products such as the Gulpy even existed!

I will check out some of these products (via your Hub of course!) and choose the best one for our needs - thank you :)

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Sally's Trove 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Suki, the Gulpy happens to be my favorite. They are well-made and last a very long time (my daughter had to replace hers after four years, when the dish part cracked after being dropped onto concrete). Another nice feature is that the dish part will screw onto any standard-sized personal plastic water bottle.

I didn't know about these products until about 5 years ago when my daughter bought one at a horse show. It was a horribly hot day, her dog was dragging, and she stumbled upon a pet supply booth selling the Gulpy...$10 US, which included a first free fill-up.

As I mentioned in the hub, not all dogs take to this kind of portable dog water bottle. My daughter's dog didn't have any hesitation at all, but my dog did, and it took a while for her to get used to it. (No, Cinnamon, that's not poison, it's water!)

If these products are scarce in Spain, you might have a new business adventure ahead of you. :)

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Stephanie Henkel 4 years ago from USA

This sounds like a great idea! We often see people with their dogs on the beach - water, water, everywhere, but not a drop to drink that isn't salty! Wish they would carry one of these doggy water bottles with them!

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ThoughtSandwiches 4 years ago from Reno, Nevada

Sally's Trove,

This is very helpful! I have a 120 pound (large) Great Pyrenees (hairy) and we live in northern Nevada (real hot during the summer!). We like to walk along the Truckee River and it would appear to be an easy prospect just to lead him down to the river's edge for a drink.

Sadly, Truman has MAJOR issues about getting his feet wet (yeah...I don't know) Anyways...there are only a few places along our route that he will drink from and when the temps hit 100+ it's not always easy to get him there. I'm thinking the canteen will be best (which incidentally...I have never found in a brick and mortar store).

Thanks for doing the work and making this information accessible!


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mperrottet 4 years ago from Pennsauken, NJ

I'm so glad I came across this hub. My husband and I travel for 5-6 months out of the year, and while we are on the go take many hikes with our Old English Sheepdog. Right now I carry a portable water dish with us, but the bottle would be much easier to deal with. I didn't even know they made such a thing. I'm going to buy one - just added the one I want to my cart through your link. Voted up, useful and interesting.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

Stephanie, I know what you mean. Sometimes people just don't make the connection. The dogs get as thirsty as we do, if not more. Some folks think, oh well, we'll just wait until we get home. It's a matter of education.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

ThoughtSandwiches, I understand completely about Truman. I had a Golden Retriever who HATED water. Would not dip a paw in it for any reason. Go figure!

I'm glad you found this hub. I think these water carrying products for pets are wonderful. It does not surprise me that you haven't found the canteen type in a brick and mortar. Even the major chain pet stores don't carry much of a selection, and sometimes no portable dog water products at all.

I put this hub together after I discovered the Gulpy bottle, which I think is among the best on the market. Later I got curious about what was out there, and here we are. I'm glad this information is useful to you. :)

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

mperrottet, I'm so glad this article was useful to you. I'm amazed at how little these products are marketed and how few dog people know about them. Both you and your Old English Sheepdog are going to love the convenience of one of these bottles or canteens. Thanks so much for the good words, and for the order!

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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

Great overview, and a perfect accessory for a dog on the beach. I am sharing this. Thanks.

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Sally's Trove 4 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania Author

DrMark1961, thanks for that! I wonder if you have these products available in Brazil?

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DrMark1961 4 years ago from The Beach of Brazil

No, not around here, but I have been able to order most things over the internet. My next purchase is going to be a life vest since I want to teach my dog to surf. She is a great swimmer, but...

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mypetfinderph 3 years ago from Philippines

I've been looking for something like this for my pet. Looks good!

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