Just like kids, puppies have big appetites - all that running around and growing up takes lots of energy! That means you should feed your puppy at least three or four times a day.
As with all feeding schedules, it’s important to establish a routine, so try to stick to the same times every day. This will help your puppy maintain a stable metabolism and healthy digestion. It’s also important not to delay the last meal of the day until too late in the evening. You want to give your puppy plenty of time to digest their food and poop before going to bed.
Make sure you’re feeding your pup nutritionally appropriate food.
Stick with recipes that have been specially developed for growing puppies. For example, our Fabulous Duck & Chicken meal is full of high-quality protein that helps build muscles and strengthen the immune system. Don’t forget to always provide your puppy with fresh drinking water along with their food.
Our advice is to stick with the three-meals-a-day routine until your puppy is fully grown. Once they’re an ‘adult’, shift to two meals a day. For smaller breeds, this should happen around the age of six to eight months. For medium, large and giant breeds, this should occur around nine to ten months, eleven to twelve months and twelve to thirteen months respectively.
The benefits of a daily feeding schedule
Beyond the simple pleasure of chowing down some tasty food, mealtimes are cornerstone events in any dog’s day. Think of them like a template around which other activities fit. Whatever else is happening, dogs are generally pretty content if their feeding routine remains reliable.
A routine feeding schedule can help to establish a healthy lifestyle, increasing the likelihood of other healthy habits - like regular poops. This makes it easy for you to choose the best time for your daily walks. Routine feeding also makes it easier to spot a loss of appetite, which is often the first sign that you pet is not feeling very well.