Feeding Your Puppy Requires a Routine Feeding
Schedule and a Good, Quality, Premium Puppy Food.
Feeding your puppy requires a routine feeding schedule with a good, quality, premium puppy food. Regardless when you introduce a new food to your puppy, you should begin feeding your puppy in a routine schedule.
Puppy has just begun all new life-changing events in his life. The only thing that should be unchanged so far is it's food. Prevent disturbing your puppy's digestive tract for those first few days and continue feeding what the puppy was already eating, then gradually introduce a new puppy food.
Introducing New Food To A Puppy
Begin introducing new food to a puppy once the first two or three days have passed. Do so by giving 75% of the old food mixed with 25% of the new food for a few days, then gradually increase each day over the course of 7-10 days until you are 100% feeding the new food.
What Type of Food To Feed A Puppy?
Typically, the type of food to feed a puppy is a quality premium puppy food (also called dry kibble) rather than canned food because of the calorie content in canned food. It is not only healthier to feed dry kibble puppy food it is economically better for you, too.
If your puppy is very young, (from to 6-8 months) a good dry kibble is best. If noticing a weight gain, cut back on the amount of food given. You can also consult with your Veternarian. Ask which type of food they recommend. More often dry kibble is suggested for numerous reasons. Feed your puppy the same food everyday. Unlike us humans, a dog's digestive system can not handle changes in food often as it could cause stomach upset and diarrhea.
What To Avoid feeding Puppy
Avoid Feeding Puppy Table Scraps: Avoid feeding table scraps, especially from the dinner table. What he doesn't know is good - so don't start him on any people food or it could result in unnecessary and unwanted behavior problems. Table scraps are high in calories and do not offer vitamins or minerals which a dog requires. It could also create diarrhea or gastrointestinal problems because their digestive tracts aren't done growing.
Avoid Feeding Puppy Cheap Economy Dog Foods: Avoid feeding cheap or economy puppy foods as they use cheap ingredients and lower grade proteins resulting in lower digestibility. Stay with premium or performance dog food because they are better for the digestive tract.
Become a Dog Food Ingredient Label Reader!
Knowing what ingredients to look for and also which ones to avoid will help you get the best value for your money. Learn to interpret a dog food manufacturer's label, and you will feel better understanding just what your puppy should be eating. The ingredients will determine the quality of the food.
How Often and How Much Food To Feed Puppy?
How Often to Feed Puppy?
Typically, puppies under 4 months should be fed about 3 times a day. Morning, Noon, and Dinner. As your puppy gets older my suggestion to you is to split the total daily portions into two and begin feeding twice a day. Morning and Dinner. Put your puppy on a routine feeding schedule so he (or she) learns WHEN to expect to eat.
How Much to Feed Puppy?
How much to feed puppy should never be dictated by what is on the back of the puppy food bag. Our own personal experience has shown us to feed less than what any of the manufacturers put on their lables. If you feed the requirements on the manufacturer's label you may quickly have an overweight dog on your hands. At the same time, you don't want an underweight dog either. Keep a watchful eye on their growth!
Benefits of Feeding Your Puppy on a Routine Schedule
There are benefits of feeding your puppy on a routine schedule. Feeding schedules will correlate with their house training since puppies usually eliminate right after they eat! Start this daily routine the first day of their arrival. These little furballs quickly learn what is expected of them once their daily routine is set up.