What To Feed Your New Puppy

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Feeding your puppy a high-quality diet is important for their overall health and well-being. Puppies go through an intense phase of growth and development, so it’s important that their food meets their higher energy requirements.

Your puppies food should be: 

  • High in calories 
  • Easy to chew and swallow, so it's suitable for their smaller digestive system
  • Rich in protein
  • Complete, balanced and full of nutrients and vitamins
  • Appropriate for their breed, age and activity level

A high-quality puppy food will contain the right balance of protein, fats, and carbohydrates, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, to help support a healthy immune system.

Puppies have small stomachs so it’s recommended to split their feeds throughout the day. Initially, four meals a day is recommended, all spread evenly from morning to evening, however by adulthood, this can be reduced to one or two meals daily. A regular feeding schedule can help prevent digestive upset and keep your puppy's energy level stable throughout the day. 

Puppy Feeding Guide

Puppies have unique nutritional needs that require a balanced and complete diet to support their growth and development. A high-quality puppy food will provide the necessary nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that your puppy needs for healthy growth. The amount of food your puppy needs will depend on how much they will weigh as an adult. 

Puppies grow very quickly during their first year so how much you need to feed them will change month by month. It's not until your puppy has reached adulthood that the amount of food they need will remain consistent. 

Weighing your puppy regularly can help you check that they’re growing at a healthy rate for their age and breed. Our feeding guide can help determine how much air-dried food you should be feeding your puppy per day. 

Developing Good Feeding Habits

Puppies benefit from being on a consistent routine so it's best to give them the same type of food, preferably at the same times every day. 

When feeding your dog:

  • It's best to feed them somewhere quiet, where they are unlikely to be interrupted. Try keeping feeding times as relaxed as possible. 
  • Try slow feeding: Some puppies may eat too quickly, which can lead to digestive issues. Consider using a slow feeding bowl or puzzle feeder to slow down your puppy's eating and prevent gulping.
  • When feeding your puppy treats, ensure they are part of their daily food amount, and don't go over more than 10% of their daily calorie intake. 
  • Gradual transitions: If you need to change your puppy's diet, do so gradually over several days to avoid digestive upset. Start by mixing a small amount of the new food with the old food, and gradually increase the amount of new food while decreasing the old food.

Can I Feed My Puppy Air-dried Food? 

Yes; our air-dried food is complete, balanced, grain and cereal free, and suitable for puppies from 8 weeks old. 

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