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By three weeks of age we start introducing the puppies to moistened puppy kibble, along with still getting their mothers milk, and slowly tapering them off of her until they are completely weaned by seven weeks of age. Upon reaching seven weeks they are eating dry puppy kibble specifically formulated for Large Breed Puppies, three times daily until they are full during each feeding. By eight weeks of age your puppy will eat approximately 1.5 to 2 cups with each of their three feedings. We feed a premium puppy kibble so there is no need for adding supplements to their diet. You always want to insure that your new Alapaha puppy has gotten their fill, and not sniffing around, licking at the bowl, searching for more! They will not overeat. Underfeeding your puppy could lead to behavioral problems.
*By regulating their feedings, this also helps to make their bowel/bladder movements much more predictable, and aids with housebreaking! These are the brands pictured below we prefer to use. All are approved by the Association of Animal Food Control Officials AAFCO for all life stages including the growth of large breed dogs,
free of by-products with zero artificial colors, flavors or corn. We will switch up on occasion for variety and only with AAFCO approved brands.*
*Our dogs are very active! We are fortunate enough to allow them hours of free play outdoors, where they play tug, run around chasing each other, and exploring the property, etc. Because of their high activity level we like to give our adult dogs free choice of dry kibble only, no wet food, as they are maintaining a consistent, healthy weight, and we will adjust this accordingly depending on age, and activity level down the road. Otherwise, we would suggest around One year of age with average to moderate activity feeding adult large breed dry dog food two times daily.
*Canned food can cause tooth decay over time*
Note: We only use their dog food and occasionally small pieces of cheese or bits of raw cauliflower, for training and treats. No table scraps. Ice cubes are a favorite treat too, they all come running when they hear that ice maker! See our blog on "Dangerous Treats".
***See detailed Puppy Stages Progression Photos, Potty Training and Feeding***