It is crucial for optimal puppy development that you provide a good quality food during this important growth stage. We are feeding our puppies Fromm Heartland Gold Grain-Free Puppy which can be purchased from your local pet store or from Chewy.com. I will give you a sample for your puppies first few days at home. I suggest feeding your puppy at approximately 6AM, noon and between 5-6 PM.
Inferior foods contain fillers vs. high quality nutrients and will negatively impact your puppy’s health. Also, side effects of such food may cause diarrhea &/or constipation, both of which will make the house training process very challenging. Just as we read our food labels, please do the same for your dog’s food when considering a change. Here are two websites, which review food: http://www.reviews.com/dog-food & http://www.dogfoodadvisor.com/dog-food-reviews/brand
Start your new puppies routine with 3 measured meals: 6 AM, noon, and their last meal between 5-6 PM. Their approximate total food until 11 weeks will be 1-1.5 cups/day. This will give your puppy sufficient time to digest her food and go potty one last time before bedtime. Review the back of the Fromm’s package as this will change as they gain weight. Be sure not to overfeed your puppy, stick to measured meals even if they beg for more food. Although she has been eating kibble while here, if she seems reluctant to eat, either soften or add some of the canned food in your Going Home Pack for the first few days.
Training begins the moment your puppy comes home, so ask your pup to sit for her food. Say SIT and move her in the sit position before putting her food in front of her. Before you know it, she will automatically do this.
This is a quick but wonderful video showing how to place your puppy in SIT http://bit.ly/1M2EzbO
When your puppy becomes less interested their noon meal, you can gradually begin to reduce the amount of food given at noontime. By the time your puppy is between 4-5 months old, you can change to 2 meals a day.
This only a feeding guideline, each puppy is an individual. Please call me or ask your Vet if you are uncertain about the timing of switching to 2 meals per day
I suggest you DO NOT feed your puppy table scraps especially during the first few weeks as their tummies are sensitive and not capable of digesting other types of food easily.
Be sure your puppy has water available throughout the day. Because water is important to a puppy’s organ development and function, I do not suggest stopping water in the evening. Allow access until it is bedtime. Your puppy will wake you up during the night if she needs to go potty. Also, during the transition time, I suggest continuing to provide spring water for both drinking and food preparation.
I recommend having a can of pumpkin puree (not pie filling!) on hand as it is a good natural remedy for diarrhea, which may occur during the first few days. I will give you a sample of Geneflora (http://genefloraforpets.com/) sprinkle 1/4t of this probiotic on their food for several days at dinner to help digestion while they become comfortable in their new home. Please purchase Geneflora and continue to add this to your puppy's daily diet.
A regular schedule of puppy meals and exercise will greatly benefit your new puppy’s transition into your home and should be continued at least until they are around 4-5 months old. She may not have her usual appetite for the first few days; simply continue to offer food for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Puppies will need to go potty as soon as they awaken, so a quick trip outside and brief exercise is an ideal way to start her day. They will also need to eliminate after eating or drinking water, so be sure to take them outside. The less “mistakes” in the house the faster she will learn.
Watch for restlessness, crying or circling behavior, this usually signals their need to go outside, typically every 1 ½ - 2 hours during the beginning stage of house-training. This time will become longer as her bladder grows. I suggest taking your puppy out during the night as well, but only if she wakes you up! Don’t wake a sleeping puppy to take her outside; that is like waking a hospital patient to give them a sleeping pill! Just my opinion.
Just before bedtime, after the puppy has eliminated outside, spend a few minutes playing gently with your puppy – nothing that will get her too excited or stimulated. Congratulations. You are on your way to a well-trained puppy that sleeps well all night.
- 1 – 1.5 cups per day recommended based on 5-10 lb. puppy age 6-11 weeks Fromm’s Grain-Free Heartland Gold