Introduce the diet gradually over a period of 5 – 7 days. The food should be mixed with hot water and stirred until a gruel is formed. Care should be taken to ensure that all puppies in the litter get an equal share. Once weaned, the food can be fed dry or moistened with water or gravy to the consistency that your puppy prefers.
The table indicates the total amount to be fed each day. This should be divided into 6 meals a day up to 2 months of age, 4 meals from 2 – 3 months and gradually reduced to 2 meals per day thereafter. Feed sufficient to maintain steady growth, allowing weight gain to match skeletal development. Do not allow any change in diet to coincide with weaning or moving to a new home.
The amounts shown are only a guide and you should only feed sufficient amounts to maintain condition depending upon the level of activity enjoyed by and the conformation of your puppy. Do not attempt to grow your puppy too fast. As your puppy gets older, to help to maintain and control his weight to the optimum for his breed and size the diet should be fed in conjunction with a steady and regular exercise programme.
Always ensure that clean, fresh drinking water is available at all times. Do not be tempted to feed excessive amounts of titbits or treats.