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How dogs drink (It’s not how you think)

via videosift.com

Most people think dogs “lap up” water, using their tongues to splash it up into their mouths.

But as this slow motion video made for the Discovery Channel shows, dogs actually curl their tongues backwards, forming a bowl that hoists the water into their mouths.

Maybe next the folks at Discovery can explain why the process is so darn loud, and why some dogs continue to drip for two minutes afterwards.


Comment from bluhawkk
Time September 6, 2008 at 7:33 am

Ok….I knew that they formed a bowl with their tongues but not that they did it by folding it backwards.

Now the question is, why backwards?

After looking at the video several times it appears that with their heads tilted down water drawn forward would drain back out. With the backward tongue bowl the water is drawn in and the lower jaw comes up to capture it.

Learned something new today.

Comment from MG
Time September 6, 2008 at 10:04 am

Well that`s interesting!
I wonder how that poor dog who lost his tongue due to that toy is going to get water.
Do they have to use a syringe and just let water trickle down it`s throat?
I was just watching my dog drink and you sure can`t make that out when it`s not slow motion even when you know and are watching for it.

Comment from Mary Schmidt
Time September 6, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I assumed that a dog tongue formed a bowl, too, instead of a ladle, so the slow-mo video surprised me.

Maybe dogs with beards make the biggest mess when they drink?

A dog my family had some thirty years ago was very skilled at cleaning the bottoms of cups containing the residue of milkshakes. She was part sheltie and had a pointy nose but an average tongue, I think. She had above-average mooching skills, though, so maybe she was just more motivated to get at the bottom of a cup than other dogs I’ve known. It’d be interesting if Mr. Discovery Channel took a look at other dogs besides the one in the video to see if dogs are all similar in how they drink.