How does your playful, squirming little pupster to grow up into a big, healthy dog? It really comes down to feeding him or her the right nutrients in the right quantities. Here, we give you a few dos and donts to put together a nourishing feeding schedule for your pup!

Serve Puppy Food: They need plenty of specific nutrients at this growing stage. Puppy food is formulated to include these nutrients and so you should always feed your puppy with food specifically made for them. Giving them adult food will mean that your puppy is missing out on valuable vitamins and minerals that may be essential for their development.

Breed-Specific Food: Remember that different breeds develop differently. Pups of small breed dogs develop much faster and reach maturity quicker. Pups of larger breed dogs grow much slower and require specific nutrients to help their bones and joints become strong.

New Diet: For the first few days that your pup is home, keep them on the same food that they were on at their mother’s house. Shifting to a new environment can be stressful for a puppy as is altering their diet. So, let your puppy settle in and get adjusted to being in your home before you change their diet.

Multiple Meals: Just as human babies need to be fed several times a day, so do puppies. Your vet will be able to give you a fixed schedule for your puppy and the specific quantities of food as well. Be careful not to overfeed your pup.

Soft, Mushy Food: Puppies (especially those that have just been weaned) need to be given soft, mushy food that they can eat easily. So soak puppy kibble in warm water before mealtimes. Besides making it soft, this releases natural oils and makes it more flavourful.

Thanks to the multiple developments in your pet’s body, this is a delicate stage for your pet. You should not only be paying attention to what they’re eating but also how much exercise they’re getting, what they’re chewing on and how well they’re playing (socializing) with everyone.