There 2 elements to be aware of here: How much your Poodle is taking in and the quality of the water.
Inadequate intake – Many dogs have trouble self-regulating and simply do not drink enough. Even a 3% drop in body water levels can cause slight dehydration that results in loss of focus, headaches and/or agitation.
Though much depends on a dog’s activity level, age, health status and the weather, in general a dog needs a minimum of 8 oz. (1 cup) for each 10 pounds of body weight. This can double during the summer if the dog is very active outside.
For example, a 5 lb. toy Poodle needs at least 4 oz. (1/2 cup) per day, and up to (8 oz.) 1 cup in the summer.
A 15 lb. miniature Poodle needs at least (12 oz.) 1.5 cups per day, and up to (24 oz.) 3 cups in the summer.
A 60 lb. standard Poodle needs at least (48 oz.) 6 cups per day, and up to (96 oz.) 12 cups in the summer.
The other issue is the quality of the water and if you are giving your Poodle tap water, you’ll want to reconsider. Tap water in 42 states contains 141 unregulated chemicals. Even in regard to the chemicals in tap water which are known, many are known to be dangerous. Agents in water have been shown to lead to everything from thyroid issues to kidney disease to cancer.
Why is this allowed? Some toxins are deemed safe only for healthy adults (so not for children and certainly not for small pets), others are ‘safe’ based on 1 serving and overall more testing and stricter regulation needs to be done.
Since our dogs drink water and only water, every single day for their entire life, this is quite a problem.
Issues that may get in the way: In regard to intake, many owners assume that their Poodle will self-regulate. In regard to offering unfiltered water, essentially, many owners do not know the risks of tap water and for those that do, they are unsure what to do.
What to do: For intake, encourage your Poodle to drink by leading him to the water dish. Many dogs drink much more when given a canine water fountain; the noise and the motion attracts them to it. Bring along water whenever you go for a walk, taking a break at the halfway point to rehydrate. Keep the dish clean and refill it (not just top it off) regularly to keep it clean from food bits and nice and cool.
For safety, you may want to look into having a filter attachment to your kitchen tap. Some, like the PUR Advanced Faucet Filter, is certified to remove over 70 contaminants, including 99% of lead, 92% of pesticides and 96% of mercury.
Ways to Help Ensure Water is Safe & To Encourage Water Intake