French Bulldogs are known for being intolerant to heat, so for our walks with Stitch I wanted to get a really good dog water bottle to take with us that wouldn’t be a pain to carry around but also carry enough for a long walk.
I was recommended the H2O4K9 dog water bottle by a friend and I liked the sleek and sturdy looking design. I’ve used some really cheap dog water bottles before and it wasn’t worth it when they leaked everywhere in my bag or down my top when walking. I’ve used the H2O4K9 since Stitch was a puppy and have got on very well with it since day one. So here’s my honest review of the H2O4K9 dog water bottle.
- Stainless steel water bottle for dogs
- Measures 7 x 7 x 24 cm
- Weighs 222g without water
- Carabiner clip to hook onto your bag
- Lid works as a drinking bowl
- Takes 700ml of water
This dog water bottle looks every bit as good in person as it does in the photos. The body is made from stainless steel that can take a good amount of damage when I drop it when out on walks or a dog comes barrelling past and knocks it out my hand. The cap, which works as the drinking bowl, is a really tough plastic and is just the right size for dogs to get their faces in and have a good drink. What they don’t drink you can pour back into the bottle.
I’ve not just used this for Stitch but for larger dogs too, including a friend’s Staffy/Bullmastiff who has a very big head and snout. He didn’t have any problems fitting his nose in and have a drink. The stainless steel keeps the water nice and cool throughout our walk too which is great. Most importantly, it doesn’t leak.
Sometimes I’ll perch myself on the grass and use a ball launcher to keep Stitch entertained. I simply unscrew the cap, pour some water in and leave it resting on the grass next to me and Stitch helps himself each time he returns. Oddly, he likes to drop his tennis balls in the cap so then he can chase a soggy ball!
Sometimes I have a little trouble unscrewing the cap as perhaps the bottle expands and contracts with the heat versus the cold water inside, but my partner has no trouble with this so it might just be my weak wrists!
Carrying It Around
There’s a neoprene sling available with an adjustable shoulder strap which makes it easier to carry the dog water bottle to keep your hands free, especially if you’re walking a couple of dogs. I’ve used the carabiner clip to attach the water bottle to my bag and on a few occasions to loop my finger through and carry it by my side. A slighter wider clip would make this more comfortable.
It took a couple of walks for Stitch to get comfortable using the bottle, I enticed him by floating treats in the water at first. Now, all I have to say is “Come get a drink” and he waits while I unscrew the lid and bring it to him to drink. On a warm day he will drink the whole thing on his walk and then we’ll head home so he doesn’t get dehydrated. Stitch is kept hydrated on his walks and I’m not worrying about him overheating as Frenchies are prone to doing.
I wouldn’t be without the H2O4K9 water bottle on our walks and if I do forget it I’ll go back and grab it. Stitch loves it and makes really good use of the bottle on our walks. It’s got a great design that doesn’t leak and it’s easy to keep hold of and carry around.