Settling in a new puppy
Bringing home a new puppy is an exciting thing for you but may be very overwhelming for your pup! This could be the first time they have been separated from their family and they will be understandably quite nervous. For this reason, you should keep your puppy on the same diet it has been on previously. Most breeders will give you some puppy food to take home with you, or remember to ask what they’ve been fed.
Initially your new pup may not show a strong interest in food. As well as a lack of appetite, they may experience loose stools while they adjust to their new surroundings. This is quite normal when first rehoming a puppy though please speak to your vet if you have any concerns.
When you and your puppy are ready to transition to a different puppy food, make sure you do this slowly. See our page on Changing Dog Food and follow the same principles for your puppy.
What & how to feed a puppy
Puppies have different nutritional requirements to adult dogs and need a puppy food that is appropriate for their life stage. Puppy foods contain higher levels of calories, fat and protein, all essential for their growing bodies. You should keep your puppy on a specific puppy food they are fully grown. Paringa has a number of puppy food options for you to choose from in their Puppy range. Once fully grown, it’s recommended to transition to an adult dog food which is lower in calories and better suited to the dog’s nutritional needs.
Most puppies will be fed three small meals a day until they around 6 months of age and then it’s common to drop down to two meals a day until at least 12 months.
From the time your pup is starting to get adult teeth (usually around 4 months) you can begin to introduce some raw meaty bones. Doing this may save your favourite shoes or bite marks in your furniture! Always supervise a puppy with a bone to be sure they don’t choke. Opt for bones that are much bigger than their mouth and ones with lots of meat on them.