Puppy Feeding Guide: What and How Much to Feed Your Puppy

Feeding a puppy the best dog food and making smart lifestyle choices help set the tone for your pet to grow up healthy and happy. Decisions you make now affect his growth, development, and even his behavior. With so much to take into consideration, where should you start?

What to Feed a Puppy?

Your puppy’s diet needs a special mix of nutrients for his proper development. The best choices for puppy feeding contain nutrition specifically designed for growing puppies. Puppy food such as Beneful® Healthy Puppy is a perfect way to ensure your best friend is eating right.

Beneful® Healthy Puppy is formulated with a balance of nutrients your puppy needs to help him grow up healthy and happy. This product provides protein-rich nutrition, with real chicken to support growing muscles, plus carbohydrates for the energy an active puppy needs. Beneful® Healthy Puppy is also calcium rich to help support developing teeth and bones. Plus, it provides 100% of the nutrients he needs to help him thrive every day, plus DHA to help support healthy brain and vision development.

How Much Should I Feed My Puppy?

Because puppies are growing at such a fast rate, they need to eat more often than an adult dog. Puppies should start eating puppy food after the weaning stage, at around 6 weeks.

The amount of food your puppy needs to eat depends on how much your puppy weighs. Check the back of your bag of puppy food or talk to your veterinarian to determine the proper amount. And if you choose to feed wet food, remember that growing puppies need approximately twice as much food per pound of body weight as adult dogs.

How do you determine how much food to feed your pup? Check the Beneful® Healthy Puppy feeding instructions, take a look at our helpful feeding guide, or ask your veterinarian.

How Often Should I Feed My Puppy?

Once you’ve determined a daily feeding amount, divide that amount into a series of smaller feedings and give them to your puppy at intervals throughout the day.

An easy way to remember to feed your puppy is to feed him when you eat—at breakfast, lunch and dinner. Remember to feed him early in the evening so he has time to digest his food and go (hopefully) outside. Be consistent with feeding times, to help your puppy become accustomed to the routine.

And while those puppy eyes are irresistible, avoid giving him your food when he begs. This will ensure he’s getting a proper balance of the nutrients he needs, help him stay at a healthy weight, and prevent begging as he gets older. Remember, exercise, diet, and affection are keys to happiness.

Check our Beneful’s Puppy food recipes here.

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