January 4, 2021

How much do I feed my 11 week old puppy?

There should breed info on the food that should be the daily amount approximately.  This breed x amount or that breed x amount.

I currently have a 9 week Golden doodle (poodle golden retriever mix). We feed her 1/4 can three times daily (per vet instruction) she’s slowly having dry food mixed in.  

Your pups a smaller breed(s) and shouldn’t need more than that.  Dry food would be 1/4 cup at the most.  Leave the food down for 20 minutes, whatever the pup doesn’t eat in that time pick up.  

Always leave fresh water down at all times even though your housebreaking her.

Don’t use pee pads they confuse the housebreaking process and it takes longer, up to 2 years, some dogs never get the idea you cannot toilet on carpet or fabric and they do it forever.

If you need something absorbent to leave out at night in the pups area newspaper is fine, it’s biodegradable and digestible.  It won’t cost $3,000 to 5,000 to surgically remove it from the pups intesitines should decide eat the pee pad and it causes a gastric blockage.

Last meal shouldn’t be later than 6 pm.  When kept on a strict feeding schedule you will be able to predict when the pup will need to empty, this also helps speed up the housebreaking process. We have had our pup just over a week and have no accidents, she is quite clear where the door is and to go to it.  We still carry her out first thing in the morning and in the middle of the night to prevent accidents.  Pups usually go out 30 to 45 minutes after eating to empty.

It’s notmal for pups to cry and carry on some when you leave them alone for the first outlaw times, by running to them every time they cry it gives them the idea the louder and harder they then  cry more so the sooner you will come.  Just like with an infant let them cry a little bit and figure it out.   Unless they get hysterical and go nuts they should settle down in a few minutes.  It takes about ten to fifteen min for all our pups to settle and go to sleep.  Keeping a towel with your scent on it helps them not feel so alone they usually lay on it to sleep. It’s familiar to them and comforts them.

Remember to get the pup into the vet ASAP for a wellness exam and the vet will answer any of your questions then.

Good luck.

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