Feeding your puppy can be an entertaining experience. It is also one of the most important parts of caring for a young dog. Proper nutrition is essential for a developing puppy.
Place your puppy’s food and water dishes away from foot traffic and noise, in a place that is comfortable and easy for him to reach. A plastic mat or newspaper under the dishes will make cleanup easier.
Do not change the location of the dishes unless it is absolutely necessary. Above all, always keep clean, fresh water available at all times. And keep food and water dishes clean. At six to eight weeks, you can feed your puppy at three scheduled feedings a day. This procedure, along with proper diet, is important in house-training your puppy.
When your puppy is about six months old, you should change scheduled feedings to twice a day until your puppy is mature. For a proper feeding program, check the puppy food package for the recommended amounts for various age levels and breeds.
The first year is critical to your puppy’s development. During this time, your puppy needs the best possible nutrition to provide strong bones and teeth, proper development of body functions, clear eyes and a thick, lustrous coat. At certain times during this period of growth and development, a puppy requires up to twice the amount of most nutrients (per pound of body weight) than an adult dog.
Bringing a puppy home can be very stressful and can cause your puppy digestive problems. If you change your puppy’s food when you bring him home, or at any other time, be sure to do so gradually over a 7 to 10 day period. This will help to avoid digestive upsets.
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