The things you stated in no way prove that you know anything about dogs. Period.
I know enough to know not to go overboard with one - it's a dog. A dog will live about 15 years, maybe more, maybe less. Treat it well while it lives, but don't coddle it.
They simply prove that organisms are resilient - be it humans, cats or dogs. It doesn't matter.
The idea is to provide as much water as the dog needs and have it be as free of pollutants as it can be (do you know how much bacteria your "watering bowl" accumulates in just one hour?).
I'm sure much less than the dog's own poop...
I don't want to regulate the dog's behavior - I want them to be as happy AND as healthy as they can be.
Maybe you need a camera to monitor its poop intake, too?
I do think that people should be registered in order to be able to have pets and you're a perfect example - did you know, for example, that dogs should NEVER eat sweets, because of the very real danger of them going blind?
We don't feed our dog "sweets" (ok, maybe she gets a bit of non-chocolate cake every once in a while) - and we certainly don't feed her chocolate (outside of that snickers bar - which stayed in the wrapper the entire time). My brother-in-law once had a small dog that loved to eat candy corn - that dog had more candy corn fed to it than any dog I've ever known. It lived to be 22 years old (longest living dog I've ever seen, too). All anecdotal, of course; each dog is different. I don't agree with giving a dog candy of any kind, but other foods, vegetables, and meats? Why not?
By the way - have you ever looked at the ingredients on dog food containers - they don't look much better than what is on human food. Then again, I've been near a local dog food rendering plant - and that ain't pretty, either.
Maybe we should start registering people to have people, as well, huh?
I won't go into details as to why, but I'd think you'd be able to figure out for yourself whether or not eating "chain link fence" is safe for your dog...
Well, it ain't like we're feeding it to increase its iron intake. Actually, what had happened is that we were trying to calm the dog when we were away (at least, initially after we got the dog) by "crating" it (this was after she started eating our doors). We started with a sized-for-the-dog metal cage/crate - it ate thru that. We then tried building a slightly larger crate using chain link. It ate thru that. After that, we just started trying to leaving her inside. Amazingly, she didn't run amok and eat things inside while we were gone. We think she likely had some form of separation anxiety.
I'll tell you this - you don't mess with a dog that can eat chain link.
The mention of the water bill was to illustrate that I'd rather conserve water that the dogs 'surely' will not be drinking (e.g. they've had the water running for example 7/15 mins in a quarter hour interval). Nothing more - nothing less. If I weren't able to afford looking after a pet properly, I would never have got him/them in the first place.
It sounds like your more worried about a "bacteria content" that the dog surely doesn't care about. It probably licks it butt then goes and drinks some water. I mean, seriously, its a dog!
If you owned a cow or a pig, would you care so much about the bacteria content of its watering trough? What about chickens or rabbits? Ducks? Sheep? Would you be out there checking the bacteria content of all of that? What about if you were raising them for slaughter (ie, for human consumption)?
I've known pig farmers, cattlemen, etc - they would all laugh at the suggestion of testing the trough for bacteria content (knowing their animals wallow in their own dung). That's doesn't mean they abuse their animals - they do get vet testing and such to make sure their healthy (same as our dog - if our dog looks and acts sick, we'll take her to the vet; if the vet recommends a put-down, and we feel it is best, to sleep she'll go), but they know they are animals, all the same.