This is a very important question as so many owners, new and old, don’t do it right. For example, puppies that are younger than 8 weeks old needs to be fed quite often; they may need a feeeding up to seven times per day. If your puppies need feeding more often than this, they will usually let you know by being rambunctious.
Once your puppies are about six to eight weeks old, you can start reducing the frequency of feeds. From about four weeks onward you can start trying to feed your puppies some slightly more solid food. Make sure you put plenty of warm water with the food to make it softer, if your puppies starts to have very runny bowel movements then give them less to begin with, maybe only substituting one of the meals at first instead of the two.
You just need to monitor your dogs response to any changes that are unusual.
Every change you make to their feeding pattern as each puppy is different. From the age of eight weeks or so you can decrease the feeding frequency to three times per day, be sure to increase the size of the portions so that they still have at least the same amount of food per day. If your puppies still seem to want food, then you may need to
increase the amount that you feed them. Be sure to follow the advice given on
the label of the dog food as the amount required will vary depending on the weight of your puppies and the breed.
From the time after they are 4 months old, you will notice that your puppies want to chew everything that is left unattended, it’s a good idea to provide toys for them to chew and give them one to chew on whenever you catch them trying to gnaw a shoe or something else.
It’s very important to use the highest quality dog crate that you can afford while your puppies are going through the growing stage. From six months to one year, try using puppies’ food that is available commercially, go for the best that you can afford. Once they get to twelve months of age ( eighteen months for a giant breed ) you can move onto adult dog food and later on, when they have matured you can start feeding them a maintenance diet, which is lower in calories and protein.