What to Feed Your New Puppy
It is important to feed your puppy a high quality puppy food – talk to your breeder about what the puppy is accustomed to and stock up on it in advance before bringing the puppy home.
Puppies under three months should be fed five times per day. It is best to offer more feedings in smaller amounts than fewer meals of larger a larger size. The first feeding should occur as soon as the owner awakens in the morning, once the puppy has been allowed to relieve itself. After eating, the puppy will need to go outside again.
When the puppy is three months old, the meals may be reduced to four per day. You may be able to observe which meal the puppy is least interested in to decide which meal should should be skipped (it should ultimately be one of the meals fed mid-morning or mid-afternoon).
When four months old, the other mid-morning or mid-afternoon meal should be eliminated.
At this point, the puppy will need to eat three times per day at evenly distributed intervals.
At six or seven months, the puppy’s meals can be reduced to two times per day, and may continue to eat two meals per day throughout adulthood.
Things to remember:
A puppy should never be so fat that it has a big gut
A large gut could indicate digestive problems or a parasitic infection such as worms. Sometimes the large stomach can occur because the puppy “inhales” its food. Once again, this is why it’s best to eat smaller meals at frequent intervals while the puppy is young.
If the puppy isn’t eating well, be sure to have it checked by a veterinarian to rule out possible medical problems. If everything is normal, your puppy may just need some encouragement – a can of cat food is usually a great way to spark its appetite, but this is not recommended as a regular diet because the dietary requirements of cats differ from that of dogs.