Feeding Puppies - A Gradual Approach to Adulthood Works Well

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Feeding Puppies - A Gradual Approach to Adulthood Works Well

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Puppies are undeniably bundles of joy, but don't be fooled—they won't stay tiny forever. Their growth might sneak up on you, but their feeding needs will demand your attention as they evolve. If you want your pup to thrive, you need a feeding plan that keeps pace with their ever-changing needs. Whether you're into our unique cold-pressed dog food or sticking with traditional kibble, understanding your pup's diet is your ticket to raising a rockstar. Welcome to the guide to growing up with your pup!

Veterinarians are all about the gradual approach to feeding, no matter what kind of chow you choose. Starting with puppy-specific food is a must before transitioning to adult formulas. So, how do you navigate this wild ride? Let's steal a few tricks from the pros at the American Kennel Club (AKC).

What the AKC Recommends

While we're the mavericks of creating healthy, delicious dog food, we're not veterinarians or dog trainers. Instead of trying to reinvent the wheel, here's a quick lowdown on the AKC’s four-step feeding plan for puppies:

1. Six to Twelve Weeks

For the first 6-12 weeks, the AKC suggests feeding your puppy specially formulated puppy food. This stuff is jam-packed with all the nutrients a growing pup needs, much like baby formula for human infants. You can feed your puppy grub that is formulated for all life-stages starting at 6 weeks and into adulthood without the need to switch. Regular adult dog food just doesn’t cut it for puppies. Aim for four feedings a day and watch your little furball thrive.

2. Three to Six Months

Around the three-month mark, you can dial it back to three feedings per day. Keep an eye on your pup’s body—if they’re still a bit pudgy, stick with four feedings a little longer. The goal is to gradually reduce the number of meals as they slim down and grow into their personality.

3. Six to Twelve Months

By six months, most pups are ready for two meals a day. Spaying or neutering might lower their energy levels and food requirements. This is also the time to start thinking about switching from puppy food to adult dog food. Smaller breeds often make the leap between 6-9 months, while larger breeds might stick with puppy food until their first birthday or beyond.

4. After the First Birthday

Once your dog blows out that first birthday candle, they should be on two half-portions of adult dog food per day. Large breeds might need a few more months on puppy food, but generally, adult food is the way to go by this age. It's all about finding the right rhythm for your growing companion.

Ingredients Really Do Matter

Getting your pup’s diet right as they grow is crucial. As you tweak portions and transition to new food, remember that ingredients are king. We believe that healthy dog food is non-negotiable, but also keep an eye on how your dog reacts to their diet. Some dogs have stomachs of steel, while others are a bit more delicate. It’s normal to experiment with a few different foods before finding the perfect match for your little troublemaker.

The Bottom Line

Growing up with your puppy is an adventure, and nailing their feeding plan is part of the wild ride. Embrace the chaos, make adjustments as needed, and always opt for nutritious, high-quality food. Your pup deserves nothing less than the best, and with a bit of attention and care, they'll grow into a healthy, happy adult dog. Ready to join the feeding revolution with our cold-pressed dog food? Let’s make every meal a celebration of health and happiness for your four-legged rebel!

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