Your puppy’s diet is one of the most important factors for their long-term health and happiness. By choosing high-quality nutrition and getting into the right feeding habits as soon as possible, you can help give your puppy the best possible start in life.
Feeding time should be seen as an opportunity to train your puppy. It’s good to teach your dog to wait while you are preparing the food. If you have several puppies, you might see competition and rivalry about who gets to eat first. Teaching them to wait can help eliminate some of this competition.
It is important to be disciplined with feeding from an early age. Try not to give in if your puppy cries for food. It does not necessarily mean they are hungry – try distracting them with play and then removing their bowl until meal time.
Most importantly, resist the urge to give your puppy other food, especially scraps from the table. Human food is not really suitable for puppies!
It is always a good idea to follow the recommended feeding guide on the package as closely as possible, unless your vet recommends otherwise. Remember the recommended daily allowance should be divided into three meals.
Dry or wet?
Dry food is advised for puppies. This will let them get used to chewing before swallowing. But makes sure your puppy always has access to a water bowl, so they can drink from it throughout the day.
What to feed your puppy
Most commercially available foods contain all the nutrients your puppy needs for a complete and balanced diet, but you should always check the ingredients when choosing your puppy’s food. Ensure that proteins are present and that grains, such as rice, are of good quality. You should also check the energy provided by the food and the amount of minerals present in it.
PURINA® PRO PLAN® Puppy with OPTISTART® is scientifically formulated to provide all the nutrients your puppy needs for healthy growth. It contains OPTISTART®, an ingredient blend that includes colostrum – a nutrient from mother’s first milk that helps support your puppy’s natural defences throughout the first year of life.
You can find out more about the diet here.