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How Much and How Often to Feed Your Puppy

Once you've found the best puppy food for your puppy, you're on the right track to providing the healthiest life possible.

It's important to feed your puppy the right amount of food at proper intervals, but that can be tricky, as feeding requirements vary greatly from one puppy to another. Feeding guides on the food can or bag are just a starting point. It's critical to your puppy's health that his physical condition be monitored regularly and the feeding amount be adjusted as needed.

Ask your veterinarian which of these three feeding methods is best for your puppy:

Free Choice: Food is available to your puppy at all times.
Time-Limited Feeding: Food is available to your puppy for a limited time.
Meal Feeding: A measured amount of food is available to your puppy at specific meal times each day.

To help your puppy grow up healthy, we recommend following the simple steps in this cycle:

  1. Weigh your puppy.
  2. Feed him based on feeding guide and veterinary recommendations.
  3. Evaluate your puppy's physical condition using our body condition scoring system every two to three weeks for the first six months.
  4. Adjust the amount you feed accordingly.
  5. Repeat.
  6. After the first six months, we suggest that you or your veterinarian evaluate your puppy's physical condition every few months. For some puppies, your veterinarian may suggest more frequent evaluations.