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    Question New Puppies!!

    Hi there, Im new to this forum and am the proud owner of two cavoodle puppies, Bella and Jasper. I would just like to ask a couple of questions...

    I was wondering how much to feed a new puppy? The person we got them from was feeding them Purina Supercoat, so we kept this going....should I leave a bowl out 24/7 or feed them 2 or 3 times a day?

    And one more thing the puppies are sleeping in the laundry they have been going well, going to bed a 10 getting up at 6:30 ish we take them out to the toilet before bed and they last the night....but the last couple of nights they have been going number 2's at least a couple of times......should I get them up during the night??

    Thanks for any advice :-)

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    Hey welcome to the forum.
    Food... How did the breeder feed them? If they are used to eating dry all day then do it that way. IMO the only reason to feed them dry a bit at a time is if you are trying to develop a food drive or limit food, etc. If your pups are well rounded then they will not need this
    Toileting... First, do not let them out during the night, you will accually be teaching them to get up. Try taking their food away from them 2 hours before you take them out to toilet and wait out there until they empty. That should give them enough time to digest their food fully before you take them out. This should cut back on their toileting during the night.
    Good luck with them

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    I think you mean Cavialier X Poodle

    Welcome anyway, I like the name Jasper.

    Regards to feeding, we had a thread on how much too feed a puppy just last week.
    How old are they? Puppies under 3 months should be having 3-4 small meals a day.

    If your pups have food on tap 24/7 then that should explain why they are pooping during the night. Im not really a fan of dogs being able to 'graze'. So I suggest if the dogs don't eat there meal in about 10-15 minutes, take it away, because as another member Hyacinth described, then they musn't be that hungry.
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    The food stays there until its all gone, and you don't refill untill its all gone.
    Lady always eats all her food, but sometimes Roly will leave some. If its still there the next day, I leave it and he doesn't get a top up until the next day(if that makes sense).

    Good luck.
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    I do similar to Myf.

    I have two nearly 12 wk old puppies. Both are good eaters. Both went on to two meals of biscuits a day fairly early and I give raw mince during our couple of training sessions each day.

    Both have also just started to eat out of individual bowls this week. Because one eats faster than the other and one is a little bigger than the other. So their food quantity now needs to be different.

    As I said they are good eaters and always finish everything in their bowl but then they have to because I remove the bowl after 15 minutes regardless and no other food will be offered until the next meal.

    If I haven't done any training with them then I will offer an extra meal of meat.

    Sometimes I find that owners of dogs that graze create a fussy dog because the owner sees food left in the bowl and feel the dog isn't eating well and then add extras to the bowl to entice the dog.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mouseandchicken View Post

    Sometimes I find that owners of dogs that graze create a fussy dog because the owner sees food left in the bowl and feel the dog isn't eating well and then add extras to the bowl to entice the dog.
    Agreed.
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    Hi again Jeannie,

    I'm not a fan of leaving food out 24/7, personally. I feel it can cause eating issues with dogs amongst other things.
    I prefer to feed several meals a day - for 10 week old puppies I would suggest 3 meals per day. Morning, lunch and tea. Some ppl even go to four meals per day at that age, it is entirely up to you.

    The amount depends on what food you are feeding them. If feeding a dry food then all packets will have a guide on the back of the bag on how much to feed per day. Break that up into smaller meals, obviously. Please realise it is a GUIDE ONLY. All dogs are different, and the best way to ascertain if they are getting the right amount is by looking and feeling your dog. If they are at a correct body weight and condition, great, if not, increase or decrease food as required.

    Obviously, raw food diet is another story, but I'm not going into that at this point because it appears you are feeding the majoirty dry dog food.

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    Put the bowl down, give the puppies a good 15 minutes to eat their food. Do make sure you're feeding them in an area where there are no distractions etc. What isn't eaten after 15 minutes or so, put away etc. Do not feed until next meal time.
    This helps to teach the dogs that they are gien a meal, eat it or there is no more coming until the next feed time.

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    Sorry forgot to mention the toileting side of things.

    With my two puppies I feed them at about 5:30 - 6pm and put them outside for about 3/4 hr, they generally empty out during that time, have a romp etc and are ready to sleep when they come back in.

    I leave the back door open whenever they are in the house and watch them like a hawk.

    I take them to the toilet before bed time which is about 10:30-11pm and get them up around 5:30-6am and put them outside again with breakfast, not allowed back in again for about 3/4hr.

    They are confined during the night to a play pen in the house. That will change shortly (I'm waiting for hubby to build another kennel) then they will sleep on the covered back verandah.

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