How much food does my puppy need?
It is essential to measure out daily food portions carefully as too few (or too many) vitamins and nutrients can lead to impaired growth. Stick as closely as possible to the recommended portion sizes given on the back of the Happy Dog dry food packet. These are always based on the “ideal” weight for dogs of a particular age or breed, and this may not necessarily correspond to the animal’s “actual” weight. In young animals that have grown too quickly, this figure may actually be higher, and, if used to calculate the dog’s food ration, could encourage too-rapid growth. A useful general rule of thumb is to give just enough food – in other words “as little as possible and as much as necessary”.
How often should I feed my puppy?
While an adult dog will generally be fed twice a day, a puppy should be offered food more frequently. Having a relatively small stomach means it is not yet ready to cope with large amounts of food. And eating too much would almost certainly overload its body. Experts recommend
- Up to 4 months old: 4 meals per day
- Up to 6 months old: 3 meals per day
- From six months onwards: 2 meals per day.
Can I give him a treat between meals?
Just like adult dogs puppies, of course, love to be rewarded with treats or given snacks for topping up between meals. However, these should be given sparingly and always counted as part of the animal’s daily food ration. Alternatively, you can simply give the dog part of its daily dry food ration as a treat.
When can I start giving my puppy "adult" dog food?
- Small breeds (up to 10 kg) are changed over to a suitable “adult diet” at around 9 - 12 months.
- For mid-sized breeds (11 - 25 kg), the changeover takes place at 12 - 15 months.
- In giant breeds, growth is almost complete at 15 - 18 months, which is when they should be switched to adult food.
The follow-on food is selected according to breed, metabolism and performance (e.g. Adult Mini for adult dogs up to 10 kg with normal energy requirements, Adult Medium for adult dogs from 11 - 25 kg with normal energy requirements and Adult Maxi for adult dogs from 26 kg with normal energy requirements).