You are faced with one hungry pup, and the suggestions below are made in line with the common sense approach to dog feeding there outlined.
The person from whom you got the puppy may have spoken to you about feeding, or given you a feeding chart. In either case, continue the same diet for a week or so while the pup is getting used to the daily routine as a new member of the family. But remember that feeding charts, in some cases, may have been designed only for the weakling pup. Many new owners follow the “baby” diet long after only for food. a husky, growing pup is ready for more substantial food.
Although some puppies are weaned to baby cereal and cereal baby milk, the recommended method is to wean directly to a dry three commercial meal or burger-type dog food, starting at three the weeks of age, with the weaning process completed when the pups are 5-6 weeks old. In the latter case, you have no problem in changing the diet. If the pup has been on cereal and milk, he should be started on a regular dog food at about six weeks of age. However, on since any sudden change of food is very apt to cause an upset, introduce new foods gradually. Add the commercial food a little at a time to the cereal and milk, increasing the amount until the cereal food is replaced. The puppy’s food should be slightly warm, never too hot nor fed direct any from the refrigerator.
If, by chance, your puppy arrives before you have prepared yourself with the regular food you are going to give him, it is safe to feed cooked or dry cereal, or toast mixed with slightly warm milk or meat broth or raw beef chopped in small bits. The growing pup requires even more food than a grown dog of the same breed but his stomach cannot hold that much in one feeding. So the puppy must be fed several times a day. At this age, four feedings are needed, morning, noon, early evening and shortly before bedtime. The period can fit the convenience of the house hold but they should always be about four hours apart. Changing feeding times prevents proper digestion and also upsets the routine that a pup likes and which makes raising him much easier for you.
In late evening offer milk and meal or, instead, a few biscuits. Occasionally a pup will turn up his nose at one feeding. If your puppy refuses a fourth feeding, skip it but be sure to increase the amount of food in the other feedings. The amount of food will differ according to the size of the breed. We have more than one hundred different breeds to consider, including a great many different sizes. Individuals, too, differ-even members of the same litter; some are pigs, others pickers. So no one cares to be too strict in the size of recommending amounts of food. Step on the scale with your puppy in your arm. By subtracting your own weight you can estimate the pup’s weight. Then use the feeding chart as a guide, remembering the amounts are approximate. As already stated, however, the individual puppy is the best measuring stick for the amount of food to be given in each feeding. As a rule, give as much as he will readily eat and use your own observation. You can soon tell it you are over-feeding just by looking at your pet.
The average young dog eats as if he were starving. Don’t believe him for a minute, he gobbles by nature. Up to now he has been eating side by side with his brothers and sisters, on he will acquire better so he eats fast. As time goes on he will acquire better manners. Occasionally, however, a puppy misses the competition of his litter mates and may not eat as readily without it. He may dawdle at first and need some coaxing, but in time will get used to eating alone. Your pup may clean up his dish in a few minutes.
Good! For the puppy who eats like an eager beaver and gains and and grows is what you want. If he eats half his food and appears satisfied, take the dish away and give him a little less at the next feeding time. Allow enough time for him to complete his meal-20 minutes or so. Fix a fresh dish full for each feeding. Furthermore, allowing the puppy to dawdle over eating will encourage picky” eating habits. If he skips one feeding do not worry or tempt him with tidbits. Remove the food and feed him again at the next scheduled time. But if he stops eating entirely and appears listless then make a quick visit to your veterinarian. You will soon learn the right amount of food to give your puppy to keep him satisfied and well filled out without becoming over-fat. Watch the little fellow’s stomach as he eats; if it is so enlarged that he sways and waddles when he gets through, then he may have had too much, Cut down on the next feeding. After he has finished eating let him run around outdoors or on his “paper” for a few minutes to relieve himself. Puppies always have a bladder or bowel movement soon after eating. Then put him in his cage, room or yard to rest.
Do not directly not handle him much, and don’t romp with him directly after eating. Increase the food amount gradually as the puppy grows. Because the young puppy’s food is very moist, water is not quite as necessary now as it will be later. Sometimes pup- grows, pies may actually over-drink water just before or after meals after meals and upset their stomachs.
Offer a drink regularly, then re- move the dish. When kept in a very warm room, or during it very hot weather, offer fresh water more often or keep it delight available. Unlike cats, dogs are fond of water; they delight keep often or more to dabble in it and strew it around; water must be available for puppies that are on dry self-feeding.