June 17, 2024 1 min read

Proper nutrition is vital for the growth and development of puppies. Understanding the best feeding practices and nutritional needs will help your puppies thrive.

Feeding Practices

  • Frequent Small Meals: Puppies have small stomachs and need frequent, small meals to meet their nutritional needs.
  • Quality Food: Choose high-quality puppy food that meets all their dietary requirements. Look for brands that list meat as the first ingredient.
  • Avoid Overfeeding: Overfeeding can lead to digestive issues and obesity. Monitor your puppy's weight and adjust portions as needed.

Monitoring Weight Gain

  • Daily Weigh-Ins: Weigh your puppies daily to ensure they are gaining weight at a healthy rate. They should gain 1-2 grams per day per pound of anticipated adult weight.
  • Growth Milestones: Puppies should double their birth weight by 7-10 days of age. Any significant deviations should be discussed with a veterinarian.

Common Feeding Issues

  • Diarrhea: Overfeeding or sudden changes in diet can cause diarrhea. Introduce new foods gradually and monitor your puppy's stool.
  • Food Allergies: Some puppies may have food allergies. If you notice consistent digestive issues, consult with your vet to identify and eliminate allergens.


Proper feeding practices and nutrition are essential for your puppies' health. By following these guidelines, you can ensure your puppies develop strong and healthy.


 **This article is based on a webinar hosted by veterinarian and breeder expert Dr. Marty Greer and breeder, handler, podcast host Laura Reeves. CLICK HERE to watch "What your puppies’ poopy is telling you".