6 Tips for Feeding Your Puppy

June 6, 2019
Feeding a puppy requires a certain concentration and, above all, commitment. Keep in mind that their nutritional needs and amount of food needed is different from adult dogs.

If you’re adopting a new best friend and don’t know much about caring for him, we recommend you read this article. We’ll give you some tips about feeding your puppy and giving him everything he needs!

Tips for feeding your puppy

Feeding your pet is important at any age. But when your pet is young, feeding fulfills a very important function. It helps them grow healthy and strong. As a result, as owners, we can’t take this responsibility lightly.

If your pup doesn’t eat well from an early age, this will directly influence their development, health, and life expectancy. Here are some important tips for feeding your puppy:

1. Buy special food

At the vet and in pet stores, they sell food for all ages. In the specific case of puppies, this food is usually smaller and easier to digest. It also has many proteins and vitamins and even tastes better. This is how your dog will get used to eating it.

2. Consult with your veterinarian about feeding your puppy

Although the packages indicate the appropriate amount of food according to age and breed (because you wouldn’t feed a chihuahua the same amount as a Neapolitan Mastiff!), ask your vet about how much she recommends for your pet.

You also should take into account the size of the puppy and any special needs. For example, English Bulldogs, Rottweilers, and German Shepherds have specific nutritional requirements.

Feeding your puppy properly is important.

3. Don’t skimp on quality

Another tip for feeding your puppy is related to the quality of the food. The most expensive food is not always the best, but the cheapest option might not be the lowest quality either. In other words, it’s important to pay attention to the ingredients.

The best idea is to choose a brand with fewer chemical ingredients and one that offers all essential nutrients.

4. Establish a routine

Not only do you have to pay attention to the type of food, but also when you are feeding your puppy. From birth, dogs need a certain routine. You’re in charge of creating and reinforcing this routine.

Dogs need clear and basic rules so it can adapt to life with you. As far as feeding your puppy is concerned, do everything possible to feed her at the same time each day. That way, she’ll know when to expect her food.

For example, you can feed her in the morning when you get up and then in the afternoon when you get home from work or before you eat dinner. Also, give her her food in the same container in the same place in the house. That will help create your routine!

A puppy eating from her bowl.

5. Don’t give him human food!

This is one tip about feeding your puppy that many owners ignore, without understanding the potential consequences for their pet. It can be dangerous even if you give him something you think is harmless.

Don’t let yourself be seduced by his little face nor his cries or begging. Your dog has to understand that that food is not for him. He needs to learn to wait until it’s time for him to eat. Remember that you are the leader of the pack!

6. Don’t forget the water

Your dog should always have water. Clean out his water bowl daily so that he always has fresh water. Make sure it’s always full. Don’t leave the container out in the sun, and increase the amount of water you leave out for your puppy in the summer.

Finally, we recommend that you store your puppy’s food in plastic containers inside your house. You can also consider giving your puppy some wet food, but only if he behaves well!

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