A puppy, the young one of a dog, needs to eat a balanced diet for it to grow into an active adult dog. There are different breeds of dogs such as beagle, German Shepherd, Chihuahua, and Portuguese water dog to mention a few. All dog breeds have an ideal weight that they should acquire from a young age, and it all starts from the way you feed your puppy from the initial stages after its inception.
During the first six months, puppies feed on a lot of food. It is recommended to start training them on their feeding habits as well as their habitual behaviors as early as possible. You want your puppy to grow into a happy, adorable dog that will have great behavioral patterns even when interacting with visitors.
Selecting the best puppy food can be quite a tiring task because of the wide array of puppy food in the market today.
Here are some guidelines that will help through your puppy feeding process:
- Inquire From A Professional Vet
If you are a hardcore dog fan, then you know how important it is to have a dog vet as part of your dog growths journey. A professional vet will guide you through and recommend the best dog food for puppies depending on the type of breed.
- Choose The Puppy Food
Remember, you only get what you pay for! Therefore, if you want the best for your puppy, always go for the premium puppy food. You should choose puppy food that has adequate nutrients while also ensuring that your puppy enjoys the food and grows into a healthy dog. Also, when starting to feed them, you should first begin with little amounts then when they finish, you can add some more.
- Feeding Timetable
Pick a suitable feeding spot for your puppy, perhaps beside the dining table. During the first 6-8 weeks, ensure that your puppy also drinks some milk. After the eight weeks, transition them slowly into solid food by first mixing some milk with the puppy food for a while before introducing them to purely solid puppy food. Also, make sure your puppy has access to its food at least three to four times a day for at least the first six months. As the puppy grows, you can work down its food consumption to at least two times a day depending on the breed of the dog.
- Monitor Your Puppy
Like a normal baby, puppies need tender love and care. It is therefore essential for the dog owner to be present during the feeding times of the puppy. Take a keen interest in knowing what food your puppy enjoys and what they do not. Furthermore, also check on how fast or slow they feed; do not let them feed too quickly as the food might end up choking them and them feeding slowly might merely be an indication that they are not at any point enjoying the food.