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    Default Best way to feed your puppy

    Hi All,

    My Labrador puppy, Zulu, is almost 8 weeks old. I know how much (weight wise) I need to feed my puppy, but I don’t know what the best times and methods are.

    I have only had Zulu for about 3 days and I have been feeding him 3-4 times a day (never more than his recommended daily intake). I have ONLY been feeding him from kongs, which I place in his bed (cage).

    Is the above correct?

    Cheers,
    Robbie

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    Robbie

    Did the breeder give you a puppy pack? They need to tell you what their feeding routine is and you need to stick with that to start off with.

    So cool you have your puppy - we'd love to see some photos.

    I fed my puppy 3 times a day - but it was dry kibble soaked in water, in a bowl... I don't think it matters very much. But if you want your puppy to love being in a crate or not mind if you're not around, then a kong loaded up with food is a very good idea for all his meals.

    most commercial dog foods recommend a bit more than a puppy actually needs - so you need to watch he's growing the right amount and not getting fat. Your vet can help with that when you go in for the next lot of vaccinations and puppy school.

    So excited for you - squeee...

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    I've never fed from a kong (3 food aggressive dogs) but it seems like a little too much work for a young pup to get all his meals from a kong.

    As puppy's 2 of my dogs where fed 4 times a day until 12 weeks, then 3 times a day until 6 months and where fed dog food from a bowl, I let them eat as much as they wanted until about 12 weeks.
    With the other 1 he was fed 3 times a day from the time I got him until 6 months (wouldn't eat more often) he was fed raw food in a bowl.

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    I followed much the same sort of routine as xx_sheena_xx, at 8 weeks I fed 4 times per day etc. I didn't use a kong - so can't offer any insight there. My next pup I will raw feed, but I don't think that makes a huge difference in frequency of feeding. As was already mentioned - a good rule is to not let him get fat or grow too fast, after twelve weeks it is usually better to have a lean pup than a roly-poly one

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyacinth View Post
    I fed my puppy 3 times a day - but it was dry kibble soaked in water, in a bowl... I don't think it matters very much. But if you want your puppy to love being in a crate or not mind if you're not around, then a kong loaded up with food is a very good idea for all his meals.
    I did this with Brock initially as per his breeders recommendation, however I found that he was taking in too much water which was making toilet training impossible, so after a week or so I cut out the water and just fed him his dry food(of course he always had access to as much water as he wanted) and this certainly made a difference with toilet training

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    Frosty just drank an entire bowl (300ml maybe) of pasta water. So I hope she has a decent P-stop at bed time tonight. We've already been out a couple of times since dinner...

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