So hopefully youâ€™re sat with your new family member but the learning never stops with our furry friends! This week weâ€™ll talk about feeding your puppy.
The breeder has hopefully given you a diet sheet with a small supply of the food your puppy has been weaned on. Try to stick to the diet sheet as closely as possible to help your puppy settle in with no stomach upsets!
Tiny puppies have tiny stomachs so should be fed small amounts often, even up to 4 or 5 times a day. After 2 or 3 weeks you can bring it down to 3 meals a day and slightly increase the size of each of these meals. All breeds are different but by 5 – 6 months you should be on 2 meals a day.
Always feed your pup the best food available. Also try to feed your pup at the same time and place so it establishes a routine. There are specialist puppy foods you can buy as well as other options that we wonâ€™t go into in this blog as there are a lot of conflicting views. So get your researching cap back on and have a little look around!
Donâ€™t feed our pup chocolate as its toxic to dogs. Also make sure you donâ€™t give it sweets, sugar based foods or biscuits. Itâ€™s bad for its teeth and weight.
if your pup is only being fed dry food it will need lots of water so make sure you keep that bowl topped up.
if your pup doesnâ€™t eat the food immediately donâ€™t leave it out for long as insects could contaminate it.
If you introduce new foods, do it gradually so the pup can get used to it over time.
Donâ€™t give your pup cooked chicken, pork or lamb bones as these can splinter and cause internal damage.
Hide chews can help with teething and cleaning teeth.
As well as our feeding tips be sure to wash your dogâ€™s feeding bowls regularly this will both keep your dog healthy but will also get rid of some of those feeding area smells that can be common in a kitchen or utility room. This also should include the water bowl! Just because something looks clean doesnâ€™t make it clean.
Have any good feeding tips or feedback? Let us know in the comments below!