The Importance of a Puppy Feeding Schedule

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The Importance of a Puppy Feeding Schedule

Staff Writer · Apr 20, 2010

When it comes to puppy feeding, it’s vital you stay on track so you can get your dog into a routine. A puppy feeding schedule ensures that your new dog will eat healthily and also provides a number of opportunities to train your dog as well.

Follow a Set Schedule with Respect to Feeding

Set a routine and feed your dog twice a day at the same times. By doing so, you’ll get him into the habit of knowing what to expect, which will also keep him on schedule with respect to elimination. Follow the feeding schedule on the package of the dog food you buy. Such a schedule or chart shows you how much food you should give your puppy and makes recommendations as to the number of times per day you should feed your canine. Give your puppy only the amount of food allocated on the chart and buy a measuring spoon or cup for this purpose. By doing so, you’ll also be able to monitor your puppy’s weight and his growth progress.

Feeding Your Dog Routinely Allows You to Give Your Dog a Varied Diet

By maintaining a puppy feeding schedule, you’ll also be able to give your dog the optimum nutrition he needs by varying his dietary requirements throughout the day. The best diet supplies your dog with foods that aid him in chewing, provide him with moisture for hydration and supply him with essential nutrients. While kibble is important for your dog’s dental health, semi-moist and moist dog food can assist in giving your dog the proper hydration as well as nutrition.

Watering Your Dog is Just as Important as Regular Feeding

A good puppy feeding schedule includes giving your pet plenty of fresh, pure water. It’s best to provide him with water that is filtered in a spotlessly clean glass dish. Keeping his dish pristine and germ-free is necessary if you don’t want your puppy to get sick.

Make Regular Feedings an Opportunity to Train your Puppy

Feeding your dog at the same time on a daily basis provides a means for training. Keep to a regimen, such as the early morning, and follow up the feeding about ten hours later, or approximately an hour and a half before your dog goes to sleep. By maintaining a predictable feeding schedule, you can also use the time as an opportunity to train your dog as well. For instance, use such moments to teach your dog to sit Once he sits, he can eat. By establishing a regular pattern with regards to eating, you’ll also be making it clear to your puppy that you’re the one in charge so you can better train him to follow your commands.

Establishing a Schedule Helps You Wisely Select the Treats Your Dog Will Eat

Having a regular feeding schedule also helps you choose the appropriate treats for your dog. Make sure they’re not too caloric and that they’re easy to chew. Typically, picking treats that are semi-moist are best for rewarding good behavior.

Stay consistent when feeding your new pet for it will give you more time to train and get to know your pet.

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