you have a teacup puppy, please refer to the
Pups link for more information.
Check your puppy
contract for the brand of puppy food your puppy is currently
For the first
two weeks after purchasing a puppy you should free feed
your puppy. This means
leaving the food down at all times for puppy to eat. If
puppy is too excited, scared, or curious after moving to a new
environment to eat, put a little canned dog food (check
your puppy contract for the brand your puppy is currently on) to
the food to help entice puppy to eat.
Leave dry puppy
food out at all times until the puppy feels comfortable
in the new environment, after that follow the feeding schedule
After two weeks or when your puppy is eating well, your puppy needs to be
fed 3 times a day to help prevent hypoglycemia. (See more
Hypoglycemia.) It is good
to spread feeding approximately 5 hours apart. For small puppies
add approximately 1 tablespoon of the canned food and some water to the dry food 2 times a day (morning
When puppy is 3
months old, only 2 feedings are needed. When puppy reaches
6 months old, only 1 feeding is needed. This does not
necessarily apply to teacup puppies. (See our link to
Pups for more information.)
considered to be adult dogs at 8 months of age and can be
switched to adult food, until then continue to use puppy
change dog food until your puppy is at least 4 months old.
If you decide to change food before that, please do so
gradually so the puppy doesn’t have diarrhea and get
dehydrated. Mix the new food with the current puppy food.
At first, mix a small amount of new food and then increase new
food and decrease original puppy food.
After switching to
a regular schedule for feeding, only leave the food out
for 60 minutes. This will train the puppy to eat when
food is put down, help with potty training
(see more information under
Training), and help prevent hypoglycemia. Puppies
can also put on too much weight if food is left down all day
Puppy Treat Biscuits from Pets Mart and rawhide
treats from Target are good choices for puppy treats.
filtered/bottled water for the first two weeks for drinking
period, add your tap water to the filtered/bottled
water for another two weeks until the puppy is use to
your tap water.
If purchasing a
puppy with a lot of white around the face, use
filtered/bottled water to help reduce tear staining
around the eyes. See more information under