How Much & How Often to Feed Your Puppy/Dog
Once you've found the best dog food for your dog, you're on the right track to providing the healthiest life possible.
It's important to feed your dog the right amount of food at proper intervals, but that can be tricky, as feeding requirements vary greatly from one dog to another. Feeding guides on the food can or bag are just a starting point. It's critical to your dog's health that his physical condition be monitored regularly and the feeding amount be adjusted as needed.
Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your dog:
Free Choice: Food is available to your dog at all times.
Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your dog for a limited time.
Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your dog at specific meal times each day.
If you have a puppy, you want him to grow up healthy, we recommend following the simple steps in this cycle:
- Weigh your puppy/dog.
- Feed him based on feeding guide and veterinary recommendations.
- If you have a puppy, evaluate his physical condition using our body condition scoring system every two to three weeks for the first six months.
- Adjust the amount you feed accordingly.
- For puppies, after the first six months, we suggest that you or your veterinarian evaluate your puppy's physical condition every few months. For some puppies, your veterinarian may suggest more frequent evaluations.