Feeding Your New Puppy
Most new puppy owners will wonder how they go about feeding a puppy. It is important to remember that food and feeding is one of a dog’s highlights of the day, alongside walks and other adventures.
Food is a vital consideration for the new puppy owner and is one of the most important items to think about if you are going to help your puppy to grow into a strong, healthy adult.
The quality and quantity of the food that you will give to your new puppy are the determining factors in helping the puppy to develop. To achieve strong growth the food must be well-balanced with all of the essential nutrients for early growth and later upkeep and well being and fitness.
Initially, at least, as a new puppy owner, when considering feeding a puppy, you should feed your puppy the same food that he has become used to with the breeder. Ask the breeder for a small quantity of the food, the name and type and where he gets it from. All good puppy breeders will help you with this as they want the best for the dogs that they have bred.
Bear in mind that your new puppy will have important things to think about when he moves to his new home and a change of food is the last thing that he needs at the moment, so keep it simple, don’t create problems for yourself or the puppy and keep him on his familiar food until he has settled in to his new home.
When the puppy has settled down you can begin to think about a change of diet if necessary. The dog food market is vast and, like most things, there are good and not so good products – and like everything else the most expensive is not necessarily the best.
Things to Consider When Choosing Puppy Or Dog Food
- Is the food meat or vegetable based? – Dogs are meat eaters and their digestive systems work best with meat based proteins and animal fats. No matter what your dietary preferences are remember that your dog is not a vegetarian and too much vegetable produce is bad for him.
- Is the food a balanced food? – The dog food must contain all of the essential nutrients for growth.
- Can your puppy eat the food? -you will be surprised at how many new puppy owners expect their puppy to eat ‘grown up food’. The size and shape of puppy food needs to be considered and must be such that your puppy can get it into his mouth and eat it.
- Price of the dog food – A puppy’s first few months are crucial to his development and growth, he will grow fast and these early development phases are the most demanding of his life. Your puppy should be fed the best food that you can afford. If times are hard and belts need tightening then the humans will have to be the ones that lose weight, not the pup. Feed him well and look after him.
When feeding your puppy there are several things that you need to think about:
- Respect his privacy. Don’t disturb him while he is eating and don’t let children or other dogs or pets near him. Eating is important to him and you will want him to eat his meals when you give them to him.
- Always make sure that his eating and drinking bowls are clean and that he always has plenty of water available throughout the day. Keep his bowls somewhere quiet for him.
- Use bowls that cannot be easily tipped over. Dogs, and particularly puppies, can be a bit clumsy and will tip their food and water over quite easily if you use the wrong type of bowl.
- Make sure that you follow the instructions for the dog food but remember that they are an ‘ideal’ guide. Take into account that the amount of food needed will vary according to your puppy’s age, temperament, his environment and the amount of energy he uses and his activity levels.
5 Best Puppy Foods
Over the years we have tried a number of puppy and dog feeds and there are many on the market that you can try. The following five are some of the best that we have come across.
We have used Eukanuba Puppy Food for all of our puppies and they have all done really well on this food. One of the key advantages of Eukanuba is that this is a progressive dog food with a wide range from puppy to elderly dog, all based around their chicken, lamb and rice recipes.
- Eukanuba Puppy Food Features Clinically Proven Dha Levels From Natural Fish Oil For Smarter, More Trainable Puppies
- A Specialized Fiber System In Eukanuba Puppy Food, Made From Natural Beet Pulp And Prebiotic Fos, Promotes Nutrient Absorption And Healthy Digestion
- Our Nutritional Dog Food Is Made With High-Quality, Animal-Based Proteins To Help Your Puppy Build Strong, Lean Muscles
- Promotes Healthy Skin And A Radiant Coat With Optimal Levels Of Omega-6 And -3 Fatty Acids
Hills produce a range of dog foods from puppy to older dog and these products are widely sold via veterinarians. Using predominantly chicken based feed combined with cereal in the form of barley, the foods are considered to be good quality. Currently Hills are offering a puppy pack that contains a range of puppy based products;
- Bundled Together As A Puppy Kit With Everything Your New Pet Needs! Hill’S Puppy Bundle Includes (1) Bag Of Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development With Chicken Meal & Barley Dry Puppy Food, (1) Can Of Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée Canned Food, (1) Bag Of Hill’S Science Diet Soft & Chewy Training Treats, (1) Tennis Ball, (1) Red Plastic Dispenser With (20) Potty Bags & Carabiner Clip, And (1) Tug Toy
- Hill’S Science Diet Puppy Healthy Development With Chicken Meal & Barley Dry Puppy Food (4.5 Lb Bag), With Wholesome Ingredients And Precise Nutrition For A Healthy Lifestyle
- Hill’S Science Diet Puppy Chicken & Barley Entrée Wet Puppy Food (13 Oz Can), With Great Taste And Precisely Balanced Nutrition To Help Build Immunity And Mobility
- Hill’S Science Diet Soft & Chewy Training Treats (3 Oz Bag), Made With Real Chicken And Not Artificially Preserved For The Perfect Little Reward
- Dog Gifts & Additional Items – Tennis Ball (2.5” Diameter), Tug Toy (7” Diameter, Nylon Fabric & Cotton Rope), Red Plastic Bag Dispenser With Included Carabiner Clip (3.875” Long X 1.625” Diameter) & 20 Doggie Bags For Poop
From the same stable as Eukanuba, IAMS offer a wide range of chicken based puppy and dog foods that will cater for the young through to older dog, helping to keep diet consistent and regular.
Good quality food coming in a range of sizes, both in terms of packaging and size of actual food, this will suit dogs of all shapes and sizes, breeds and the wide range makes IAMS suitable for all ages.
Specifically IAMS Puppy Food:
- Real, Farm-Raised Chicken Is The 1st Ingredient
- Includes 22 Key Nutrients That Are Found In A Mother’s Milk
- Promotes Healthy Cognition With Omega-3 Dha For Smarter, More Trainable Puppies
- Builds Strong Muscles With Quality Protein And Supports Healthy Joints
Purina are a widely recognised producer of dog feeds and have an established reputation for good value produce. Their healthy puppy range is chicken based combined with rice and oatmeal to give a rounded diet.
- Easily digestible rice and oatmeal round out the nutritious recipe
- DHA, a nutrient found in mother’s milk, supports vision and brain development
- Dual-defense antioxidant blend promotes a strong immune system
USA based Taste Of The Wild is a family owned and operated business. This interesting puppy food contains roasted venison and bison which, I am sure is a great taste for dogs and puppies. The food is combined with a range of other vegetable based ingredients to support healthy growth and development.
- A Taste Of The Wild With Roasted Bison & Venison; Real Meat Is #1 Ingredient; Optimal Amino Acid Profile & Protein Rich For Lean, Strong Muscles
- High Quality Protein Recipe With Smaller Kibble; Tailored For Growing Puppy; Superfoods For Hard-Working Antioxidants; Dha For Brain & Vision
- Ingredients From Trusted, Sustainable Sources Around The World; Made With No Grain, Corn, Wheat, Filler; No Artificial Flavors, Colors, Preservatives
- High Protein Ingredients With Added Vitamins & Minerals; Nutrient Rich And Highly Digestable With Guaranteed Soecies-Specific, Proprietary Probiotics
- Made In The Usa; Family Owned & Run
That’s our list for now for feeding a puppy and some of our favourite puppy foods. You may have tried other food for your puppies and we would love to hear about your experiences. Do you have any favourites or recommendations that you would like to share? Let us know in the comment section.