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Feeding Your Puppy

Feeding Your Puppy

A growing puppy should be weighed once a week for the first six months of his life. The weekly growth rate, which starts from weaning to six months, should be very constant that it forms a straight line when plotted on a graph.

Puppies should not be taken from their mothers until 8 weeks of age. Puppies taken from their mothers prior to this are much less likely to be easy to socialize - both with people and other dogs. Puppies obtained after weaning should already have an established feeding program from the previous owner. You should make every effort to find out everything you can about the type of feeding program from the old owner. The old owner should provide you with information that includes the type of food that the puppy is currently eating as well as the feeding times. In addition, the previous owner should tell you the amount of food given, so that you can duplicate them for at least a few days until the puppy has become used to his new surroundings.

Do not be afraid to change the old routine, however. Such a change is one of those that are considered acceptable when it comes to dog feeding. Do not be misled into feeding your new puppy exactly the same way his previous owner was feeding him, just because you feel that the breeder is an experienced dog feeder. Just because that person is a breeder does not necessary make him/her an expert in dog feeding. In many cases, most breeders, in their innocent ignorance, felt they were doing one of their puppies and his new owner a favor by passing their misinformation along. The vast majority of dog breeders continue to recommend some form of commercial dog food, despite the fact that it is actually contributing to or causing all types of degenerative disease in our dogs. Yes, commercial dog food is killing our dogs slowly.

Do not hesitate to find a healthy alternative to commercial dog food.

The quantity of food consumed by a fast growing puppy should be increased at almost the same rate as the puppy's growth. The only method to ensure this increase in food consumption occurs at an appropriate rate is to feed your puppy from a self-feeder. Once your puppy eats everything he is fed, add a little more, so that you are always offering your puppy just a little more than he will eat comfortably.

If you feel that there is a need to change your new puppy's diet or feeding method, feel free to do so. Once the puppy is familiar with his new home and the people that go with it, you can begin introducing him to a new feeding habit. Just remember to do it slowly, one step at a time.

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