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Many new Labradoodle owners have the erroneous belief that knowing what and how much to feed your puppy is difficult. Well I'm here to tell you it's easier that you think.
So to determine the amount of food to feed growing Labradoodle puppies, here are three helpful steps:
Find a feeding chart and determine the number of calories per pound of body weight your new fur ball should have for their age. For example, a 7-week-old pup weighing five pounds needs 400 calories every day.
Divide the number of calories in a pound of the food into the number of calories your dog needs every day to find out how much food you should start with.
As an example, if the 7-week-old puppies are eating a food with 600 calories per pound, they need about 400/600 cal per Ib. or.66 pounds of food each day.
Divide the amount of food needed each day into the appropriate number of daily feedings, according to the following rule: If your Labradoodle is from six weeks to four months of age, feed them four times a day.
If the puppy is from four months to 12 months, feed them three times a day. When they're is over 12 months, feed them twice daily for the rest of their life, 1/3 in the morning and 2/3 in the evening.
Puppies don't need to be fed six to eight times daily.
Such frequent feedings may improve the efficiency the puppy uses the food, it's to such a small degree the extra time spent in preparing and feeding so many meals isnt worth the effort.
If your puppy eats every bit of food offered for three days in a row, add five percent more food to the daily feeding.
If they continue to eat everything offered for three more days, add five percent more food.
Continue to add food at this rate until they leave a tiny bit at each meal.
It's entirely possible in a growing puppy, you may never reach a point at which he will leave any food, until he is almost grown.
There's no need to worry as long as they gain the same amount of weight each week.
Between 10 and 12 months of age, the rate at which your Labradoodle puppy grows starts to slow down.
At the same time their food consumption also begins to drop.
This is a normal occurrence, brought about by the reduction in the dog's need for extra nutrients and energy required for growth.
The reduction is simply an indication your Labradoodle puppy is reaching maturity. Some owners may mistake this reduction in food consumption as an indication of illness.
This fear becomes even more pronounced when the maturing process makes them less active, as well.
Novice owners usually forget human adolescents go through the same steps on their way to becoming adults. Other owners may forget the fact the maturing process in the dog requires only about 12 months to complete, while for us it usually takes 20 years!
So, there you have it. Now that you've been given three steps to make sure you're feeding your new puppy just the right amount of food. Take this information and make use of it.
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