A commonly asked question seems to be how much to feed a puppy; and how often to feed a puppy. This is an excellent question to ask as if you feed your puppy too much or not frequent enough this could greatly affect your dog’s energy levels and digestion.
Feeding Your Puppy
Find out here how much, how often and which type of treats you should give your beloved puppy.
How Often Should You Feed Your Puppy
Are you wondering how often should you feed your puppy? In order to minimize spikes and downfalls in energy levels, you should feed your puppy three to four times per day. For example, If you are feeding your puppy one cup of puppy food twice per day, you should feed your dog ¼ cup of puppy food four times per day. Each meal should be at the approximate same time each day. Once your puppy reaches 6 months of age, you can begin feeding your dog twice per day if it is a smaller dog. If you have a large breed dog, the four times per day is still suggested to prevent stomach problems.
Now, as far as how much to feed a puppy; the first place to start is often the label. Check the label and give the puppy the amount on the label. If your puppy is leaving food in the bowl, then he is being given too much at one sitting. If your puppy is eating what is given and still acting hungry, you should increase the portion in very small amounts.
Puppies often get a large number of treats throughout their training experiences. Is this a problem? Not generally. Treats are an excellent method to reward positive behavior. It is important not to over-do the treat portion of the diet, though. As a general rule, treats should not exceed 10% of your puppy’s diet. If you find yourself giving too many calorie-rich treats, you could try simply giving puppy kibble as treats. Many pet parents use their puppy food kibble as treats to reduce chances of obesity and imbalance in diet.
If you have any doubts about how much to feed a puppy, contact our dog nutritionist! Learn more about nutritional requirements for dogs.
Amber Johnson, Animal Behaviorist
Miss Amber Johnson has many years of experience with pets and is a licensed cat and dog nutrition and behavior specialist. She currently collaborates with PetPremium where she counsels clients in pet behavior and nutrition. The statements made in this article are the personal opinions of Miss Amber Johnson and based on independent experiences and could be different from the opinions of PetPremium Pet health Insurance or any other pet health insurance provider.
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