If you’ve just adopted a Havanese puppy (or any other kind), let us be the first to congratulate you! Your sweet little pup is sure to bring you plenty of joy as he or she grows up.
To make sure that your new pup gets proper nutrition, take a look at these tips for feeding a puppy:
- First of all, know that your puppy needs a lot of food! She should be eating two to four times as much as an adult dog so that she gains one to two grams per pound of her anticipated adult weight each day.
- Don’t be tempted to choose the cheapest brand at the store. Have your vet recommend high-quality puppy food that is a good source of protein, calcium and calories.
- Feed your puppy on a schedule. Free-feeding can lead to obesity later in life. In addition, puppies tend to need to relieve themselves 20-30 minutes after a meal, so scheduled feeding can help you understand when your dog needs to go outside. For the first eight to 12 weeks of your puppy’s life, he’ll need to eat three to four times a day. As he gets older, you can reduce to two meals per day.
- Many experts recommend hand-feeding your puppy to establish you as the provider, build respect and create a strong bond between you and your dog.