All puppies need to be on a food and water schedule during the housebreaking period. If you know when everything goes in, you will be able to predict when it comes out. Feed your puppy a healthy diet; in the same place, at the same time everyday.
Depending on the age and size of the puppy, you’ll probably feed him three times a day, or perhaps four if he’s very young. After 5 months of age, two meals a day are usually appropriate.
Offer your puppy water three to five times a day. Puppies need about one cup if water for every eight pounds of body weight per day. If the weather is hot, allow him free access to water and take him out accordingly.
- At feeding time; leave food and water down for 20 minutes. Your pup will soon learn to eat when fed. The exception to this is if the puppy is tiny and under 5 pounds. Very small puppies may need food available to them at all times. Ask your veterinarian what he or she recommends.
- Do not add yummy extras to the food, if the puppy doesn’t eat. This is the road to picky eating and may upset his stomach. The occasional skipped meal, as long as the puppy is energetic, drinking normally and has normal stools, is usually nothing to worry about.
- Changing foods suddenly can upset his stomach and cause diarrhea. Find one food, preferably dry and stick to it. If you must change foods, do so over the period of a few days, adding in a bit of the new food every day.
- Some puppies always eat well, some never do, and some eat ravenously every few days, picking at their food in between. Unless your pup is losing weight and vet is concerned, don’t worry about it. All these patterns are normal.
- If your puppy is defecating five or more times a day and/or has soft stools, take a stool sample to your vet to be checked for worms.
- If your puppy consistently drinks large amounts of water or is urinating frequently (more than 10 or more times a day) or urinating tiny amounts all over the place, talk to your vet.