You should feed a young puppy little and often. Feeding around four times a day ensures they get the sustenance they need. After approximately three months, you can half the daily amount fed to your puppy, and by six months, you have the option to decrease to one meal a day. Many people continue to give their pets food twice a day at this stage, though.
It’s up to you to determine when you will switch from junior to adult food. It’s not always simple because of the varying size of certain dogs and also the difference in growth rate. Depending on your dog breed, nine months is a common time to start introducing adult food, with eight months being the earliest reasonable time to begin. This is because once your dog reaches this age, his/her growth rate will be reduced, and therefore he/she will require a lower level of calories and protein.
Puppy Feeding Guide By Age
According to some people, you shouldn’t feed large breeds quantities which encourage maximum growth, as they can develop orthopedic problems from overnutrition in later life. However, consult your vet for advice if you are concerned about your large breed puppy’s weight.. (Not sure about this; there is quite a lot of research out there on large breed feeding.)
Unfortunately, many pet food manufacturers often mark their products with a generalized feeding guide. This can be a touch misleading as many dog breeds are requiring different feeding regimes throughout their lives.
It’s down to you and your vet to maintain and regulate a healthy diet for your pet, so ensure that you are always thoughtful and careful in researching and feeding your puppy or adult dog.
You should be aware of some visible signs when trying to determine whether or not you are feeding your pet at the correct rate.
Feeding Your Puppy
- 6-12 Weeks: For raising your puppies, you need to give them nutritional food. However, large breeds should be fed unmoistened dry food for ten weeks and small breeds by 12 to 13 weeks.
- 3-6 Months: During this period, decrease feeding from four to three a day. A pup should be losing her potbelly and pudginess by 12 weeks.
- 6-12 Months: In this age group, the puppy begins feeding twice daily. However, you can switch your puppy’s food to the adult’s maintenance food. Small breeds can make a switch after 7 to months and bigger breeds at 12, 13, and 14 months.
- After 1 Year: Most of the dog owners feed two half portions a day to their dogs.
You should look at your dog from the top down; you should be able to see a clearly defined waist.
You should feel your dog’s ribs without too much fat covering them.
Apart from that, depending on how active your dog is, you should ensure that you feed them with these criteria. Sometimes dogs go through particularly active and inactive stages, indicating that you need to revise their feeding patterns.