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why does a dog lap up water ...

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why does a dog lap up water to drink
Submitted: 10 years ago.
Category: Dog
Expert:  Cher replied 10 years ago.

I don't quite understand your question.

Do you mean why does a dog lap with his tongue and drink water from a bowl in this manner?

If not, can you please clarify the question you're asking?

Thanks very much.

Customer: replied 10 years ago.
Reply to Cher's Post: Hello thanks for your reply...!

When a dog laps just one time with his tongue to drink water would that equal to one drink of water to a human?
Expert:  Cher replied 10 years ago.
Hello again, and you're welcome!

It would really depend on the size of the dog and the size of the tongue, to determine how much water he's actually taking in with each lap; however, no, I believe it's not equal to one drink of water for a human, because humans can control how much water comes into their mouths by how far they tip the glass or want to drink, at one time. The dog's tongue doesn't hold that much as it goes into the mouth, so that's why a dog will lap more than once, to take in enough to satisfy their thirst.

Interesting question, though!   : )