5 Simple Rules for Feeding your Puppy

5 Simple Rules for Feeding your Puppy

1) Don’t overfeed your dog!

If you are going to feed your puppy, don’t do it every 3 hours or even once a day. You need to give him at least 1 meal per 24 hour period.

If you have a busy life schedule, then it might not be possible for you to feed him on time every day. However, if you can manage to feed him every other day, then you will be doing fine.

2)

How often should I change my puppy’s food?

You should change your puppy’s food every 4-6 weeks depending on how active he is getting. For example, if he gets up from sleep around 6:00 am and goes out for a walk, you could start changing his food around 7:30 am. If he starts sleeping during the night, you would need to wait until morning before starting again.

3)

What kind of food should I feed my puppy?

Puppies love dry kibbles (kibble). They like them best if they are fresh and not frozen. Kibbles made from dried meat or fish are better than those made from cooked chicken bones. Dry kibble is easier for puppies to digest since their digestive system does not work too well yet. If you feel you cannot afford these kibbles, you could substitute other materials in them such as eggs and butter. They should contain at least 12% fat. You can also try giving him bread soaked in milk.

4)

How much food should I feed my dog?

Feed your puppy 3-4 times per day until he is 6 months of age, at which time you can start feeding him 2 times a day. The amount of food you feed to him at each meal should be about the size of his head. You do not need to weigh the kibble, just use this as a guideline.

5)

When should I switch my puppy to 2 meals a day?

You can start giving your puppy just 2 main meals per day when he hits 6 months of age. However, you can still feed him 3 times per day until he is 1 year old if you want to.

6)

When should I switch my puppy to 1 meal a day?

Once your dog has reached 1 year in age, you can begin to feed him just 1 time per day. So, for example, if you start his day at 6:00 am, then you can give him all the food he needs for the entire day at that sitting. You can feed him once again sometime in the evening if you wish. Just don’t feed him within 3 hours of bedtime.

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7)

What do I do if my puppy is still hungry after I have fed him?

Unless you are supplementing his diet with treats, then the best thing to do would be to increase the amount of food you are giving him at each meal. However, if you are already doing this and he is still hungry, then you need to take him to a vet since this could indicate a medical problem. If your dog is begging for food all the time, then he could have a medical problem and you should consult your veterinarian immediately.

8)

How do I get my dog to stop begging for food all the time?

Unless your dog is a severe diabetic or has some other medical condition, he will probably beg for food because he is bored. Dogs can easily become bored, especially when they are confined to a house all day with nothing to do. This causes them to become anxious and they will often let you know this by barking or whining. One way to stop this from happening is to give him something else to do. You can enroll him in obedience classes, take him for a walk or run with him every day, or get him a companion that is the same breed. Most dogs like the companionship of other dogs.

9)

Why is my dog throwing up after eating?

There a number of reasons why a dog might throw up their food or eat grass. The most obvious would be that they have some type of stomach problem and would need to see a veterinarian. However, assuming your dog has no physical problems, then there could be other reasons. One possibility is that he does not like his food and would prefer something else such as people food. Another reason could be that he is trying to get even with you for leaving him alone or taking away a favorite toy. Dogs can get bored and if this occurs, they will often try to get even with their owners. You should always make sure you are not leaving your dog home alone for long periods of time since this can lead to behavior problems, such as eating the furniture or throwing up after eating his food.

10)

What is bloat and how can I prevent my dog from getting it?

Bloat is a condition that affects the stomach, and it can be very deadly if not treated quickly. There are a number of things that can cause this condition to develop, such as eating too quickly, drinking large amounts of water immediately before or after eating, stress, excessive exercise right before or after eating, and many others. You can usually prevent this condition from developing by taking proper care not to engage in any of the activities that are known to cause it. You should never allow your dog to exercise or be stressed right before or after eating, and you should always make sure he eats at a leisurely pace and not gulp down his food. You should always give him access to water, but not right before or after he eats. You should also make sure he does not eat another item that could cause bloat. If you feed him a bone meal for example, then he could develop bloat since this can lead to the development of a gas bubble in his stomach.

11)

Why is my dog drinking lots of water and urinating more than normal?

There are a number of medical conditions that can cause a dog to drink more water than normal and urinate more than normal. It could be something as simple as the weather. If it is a very hot day, then your dog might be drinking more water in order to stay hydrated. On the other hand, it could be a medical condition that requires treatment by a veterinarian. You should keep track of how much your dog drinks and urinates so that you have some idea of whether or not this is normal behavior for him. You should also take note if his urine is abnormally dark or light in color. Some medical conditions, such as kidney failure, can change the color of your dog’s urine. If you see a drastic change, then you should have it seen by a veterinarian as soon as possible.

12)

Why is my dog shaking?

Dogs often shake after getting wet, especially if the water is very cold. There are other reasons your dog might be shaking as well. They include being afraid, having a fever, or possibly even being cold. You should keep track of when your dog shakes so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog shakes every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

13)

Why is my dog sneezing?

Your dog might start sneezing for a number of reasons. One possibility is that he might have allergies. Another possibility is that he might have a foreign object stuck in his nose. Another common cause for sneezing is a change in the weather. If there is a heavy rain storm coming, then your dog might start sneezing because his nose is telling him to find shelter before it rains. You should keep track of when your dog sneezes so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog sneezes every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

14)

Why is my dog itching so much?

Your dog might start itching for a number of reasons. One possibility is that he might have fleas. Another is that he might have an allergy to something. It is also possible that something might be irritating his skin, such as a poorly fitting collar or harness. You should keep track of when your dog itches so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog itches every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

15)

Why is my dog losing his hair?

There are a number of possible reasons why your dog might start to lose his hair. One common cause for loss of hair is mange, but it is also possible that your dog’s thyroid gland might not be functioning properly. In other words, your dog might be going through a “mange” phase. You should keep track of when your dog loses his hair so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog loses his hair every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

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16)

Why is my dog panting?

Panting is a normal way that dogs cool themselves. A dog will pant when it’s hot or when it’s heavily exercised. Dogs will also pant just before a storm, possibly because they hear the thunder or smell the change in the air. Some dogs will even pant when they’re nervous or anxious. You should keep track of when your dog pants so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog pants every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

17)

Why is my dog not eating?

There are a number of reasons why your dog might stop eating, but the primary ones are that either he’s sick or he’s pregnant. It is also possible that you’ve fed him something that his digestive system just can’t handle. You should keep track of when your dog stops eating so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog stops eating every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

18)

Why is my dog drinking a lot?

There are a number of reasons why your dog might start to drink a lot more than usual. The most common reason is that he’s pregnant. Dogs will also drink a lot more before a storm, possibly because they’re thirsty or possibly because they’re nervous. You should keep track of when your dog drinks so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog drinks every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

19)

Why is my dog whining a lot?

There are a number of reasons why your dog might start to whine a lot more than usual. One possibility is that he’s sick. It’s also possible that he might be in pain due to old age. It’s also possible that your dog is frightened or anxious about something. You should keep track of when your dog whines so that you can determine if this is normal behavior for him or not. For example, if your dog whines every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

20)

Why is my dog acting aggressive?

There are a number of reasons why your dog might be more aggressive than usual. The most common one is sexual tension. Male dogs will often exhibit a lot more aggression around the time that they reach sexual maturity. If your dog is indeed male, then you should try to keep track of when this behavior occurs so you can take him to the vet to get “fixed.”

Another possible cause is disease. It’s also possible that your dog could be angry with you for some reason.

For example, if you recently got a new cat he might think that the cat is a rival and acting aggressively towards it. You should try to keep track of when this behavior occurs so you can determine if it’s normal or not. For example, if your dog acts aggressively every day at the same time, then this could be a sign that your home is haunted.

Man’s best friend indeed.

The key to this working is that you need to keep an accurate record of when these events occur. Use a physical calendar if you don’t have a smartphone, or use the calendar feature on your phone.

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Annotate each event with what happened and when it happened. Take notice of any patterns or unusual behavior. If something out of the ordinary happens, take note of it. Think about why it might have happened. If you can’t think of any reason, then take notice of when it happens as well and see if there’s a pattern.

After several weeks you should have a sizable amount of data. You can then analyze the information and look for patterns.

For example, let’s say that you went three weeks without anything unusual happening. Then you suddenly hear glass breaking in your living room one night.

Sources & references used in this article:

BEFORE You Get Your Puppy by I Dunbar – 2001 – iwsca.org

Feed your pet right: the authoritative guide to feeding your dog and cat by M Nestle, M Nesheim – 2010 – books.google.com

Before & After Getting Your Puppy: The Positive Approach to Raising a Happy, Healthy, & Well-behaved Dog by I Dunbar – 2004 – books.google.com

Your New Vizsla Puppy by F Slattery – members.optusnet.com.au

Your German Shepherd Puppy Month by Month by D Eldredge, L Palika – 2012 – books.google.com

Your Labrador Retriever Puppy Month by Month: Everything You Need to Know at Each Stage of Development by T Albert, D Eldredge, D Ironside, B Ironside – 2016 – books.google.com