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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.*
Make positive the puppy kibble has the Nutritional Adequacy Statement pictured below, set by the AAFCO Association of American Feed Control Officials for Large Breed Puppies. Read more on this topic- Rapid Growth Rate-Myths VS Facts
From our research, we have decided to switch to these two particular brands listed below for our dogs/puppies. Victor, and Beaverdam Pet Food brands dog foods are free of by-products with zero artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives, and gluten-free grains- No corn, wheat, soy or peas.
The Victor Approved by the Association of American Feed Control Officials AAFCO for all life stages Including the growth of Large breed dogs.
We may switch up on occasion for variety, and only with AAFCO approved, comparable brands.
*The FDA warns against the possible link to DCM (Dilated Cardiomyopathy) in dogs fed a grain-free diet with Ingredients Containing - Potatoes in various forms, Lentils, Peas, and other legume seeds.* Read Article: FDA Investigation into Potential Link between Certain Diets and Canine Dilated Cardiomyopathy
*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 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".
Pictured Above On the Bag We Feed Our Large Breed Puppies-
Nutritional Adequacy Statement
***See detailed Puppy Stages Progression Photos, Potty Training and Feeding***