Guide to Caring for your New Puppy
Most people tend to overfeed their dogs and most dogs are slightly overweight. Puppies and adult dogs should carry just enough weight so that their rear 2 or 3 ribs are slightly visible. Studies have shown that a lean dog has a lower rate of Hip Dysplasia along with other joint problems. The most crucial time is from 3-6 months of age. Puppies have very soft forming bones and at this age excess weight is very hard on the frame. Dogs in the wild very seldom develop joint problems due in part to their high raw meat (protein) diet and they are always lean.
Your new puppy at 8 weeks of age should weigh around 10-15 Lbs. and has been on a diet of about 3/4 cup of watered down, high quality dry food with about 1 rounded teaspoon of Raw Beef, or Whole (4%) Cottage Cheese, 3 times a day. (It is important to allow the dry kibble to absorb the water for a few minutes to prevent the dog from overeating then have the stomach fluids cause the dry food to expand inside the stomach).
Any sudden change in diet may cause nausea and diarrhea. If you switch to a different food, mix the old food with the new over the period of about 1 week rather than switching cold turkey.
I advise against canned dog food as it contains excess fats, sodium and preservatives.
A completely raw meat diet is best for your dog but can get expensive, if you choose not to use raw meat either alone or with kibble, just use a high quality dry food, watered down and add some Whole (4%) Cottage Cheese for extra protein needed for strong bone and muscle formation at least for the first 6 months of life. Use your own judgement to adjust the amount of food, make sure you can see or feel the rear 2 or 3 ribs slightly protruding and your puppy or adult dog should have a slight hourglass figure at the waist.
Feed 3 times a day until 1 year old then switch to 2 feedings per day. Never keep food available all the time allowing your dog to graze whenever he has the urge to eat, this is very unhealthy. It is hard wired in a dogs brain to overeat in case they cant find food for a number of days as a survival instinct in the wild1