Livestock animals and pets will benefit from having clean, healthy water available for them to drink at all times. Regardless of the possible outside weather conditions, most livestock animal and outdoor pets can be trained to drink out of an automatic waterer. The automatic waterer can be kept in various locations to better support the needs of the animals.
• The first step in working with animals to train them how to drink from a waterer is to have a trusting relationship with them. The animals need to be able to feel comfortable around their trainer, as well as safe, in order to allow for any training to even begin to take place. In order for this relationship of trust to happen, it will take some time and patience. Depending upon the experience level of the trainer and the age of the animals, the amount of time it takes to train them may vary. But it is important to always remain consistent and patient with the process.
• Next, make a routine to introduce the animals to the automatic waterer. Be consistent with the routine, especially when first beginning the training. When feeding the animals, or while out for their daily exercises, take the animals to the waterer at frequent intervals to help encourage them to drink. Keep this routine every time, and it will begin to solidify the animals need to drink, and get them more comfortable with the waterer. This will eventually be all that the animals know where the water source is, and how to drink from it, and will soon be able to do so on their own.
• Be sure to have a positive reinforcement to train the animals, and never use physical punishment. Only assertiveness should be used towards the animals when they display undesired behavior, which in this case is refusing to go to the waterer to drink. Along with assertiveness, use posture and voice to try and discipline the animals by keeping a close handle on them, and physically moving them in the desired direction. A positive reinforcement or reward should also be something that does not involve a treat, but a cue and praise for the animal. The reward to the animals is the fresh water… that they need and will want.
• Remember that training takes consistency, patience and time to achieve the desired goals. Don’t give up; be steady, calm and confident in training your animal to do new things. Never come across aggressive, only assertive; this will ensure that the animals will trust their trainer.
Here are some of the additional perks that come with automatic waterers:
• Fresh water supply that is hygienic, algae and bacteria free
• No standing water which attract bugs like mosquitos and flies
• No risk of freezing, or temps that are too hot or cold, or evaporated water
• Electricity free; no money will be wasted on running electricity to pump the water, and will not put the animals in any danger
Be sure to always make sure that the water is fresh and in sufficient supply, don’t ever assumer there water line is clear and functional. After you have drained your animal to drink from the automatic waterers you wouldn’t want to deter them by a lack of water available. Water is vital to animals and the automatic waterer will reduce the risk of a lack of clean water for the animals.