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Old 08-06-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Default New pup- feeding advice please

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am getting my new puppy(yorkie) on friday
i have previously only had dogs as adults- advice on feeding much appreciated
i work only part time- short shifts- so am on hand the majority of the time
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A caring breeder knows their pups better than anyone else and should be your first source for advice.

Your best bet would be to stick to the schedule and the brand of food the breeder has her on. You should be provided with both verbal and written instructions on care and feeding when you pick her up.

Here's a link to some information on raising a healthy yorkie puppy!

http://www.yorkie.org/yorkie_puppies/puppies.html

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thanks for that, applesmom
have read a lot of conflicting advice which is confusing- some say dry food only- some say give it scrambled eggs for breakfast etc
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thanks for that, applesmom
have read a lot of conflicting advice which is confusing- some say dry food only- some say give it scrambled eggs for breakfast etc
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You're welcome!

That's the very reason I always suggest asking the breeder first.

They should have enough experience to know what actually works for their pups!
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yes you need to keep feeding the same food the breeder was feeding the pup. then if you want to change to a new food later on, do it slowly, adding some of the new food to the old food getting the pup used to the change bit by bit
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The Breeder should give you a feeding schedule, shots given, wormings, etc on a card. A sample bag of feed and you want to change it, do it slowly gradually. Not all breeders feed the best if they have alot of dogs they use. I try to buy the best I can and give a bag full and a puppy kit full of information of the litter, mom n dad, pedigree, etc.

Give them a call and ask to be certain so the pup does not get too much as most healthy pups will over eat. The Best....
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If (like me!) you bought from a casual or amateur breeder and they are a bit hopeless, you may find yourself on your own with all this. So all you can do is continue to feed what they were feeding (they should at least have given you a weeks worth), and gradually make a change over to a suitable food - introduce, say, 10% of the new feed to the old, and slowly adjust the mix over a period of 7 days until you are 100% onto what you want to feed.

Many people promote raw feeding - I don't feed raw myself, but it is an excellent regime and will set your pup up to have a shiny coat and great teeth and bones! It can take time to get used to it though, and its not for the faint hearted (if you're not keen on handling meat or worry obsessively about hygiene etc). There is lots of info on the web if you think you might like this style of feeding.

If you want to stay traditional, I would suggest a dry complete food - largely because it provides everything your dog needs (no need for any supplements) and creates less smelly wind, and firmer and low-odour poos which are easy to pick up!! If you have the energy to trawl through it, find Vagreys Kibble Scoring Discussion (I don't know how to, but Skunky might post a link for you!) - don't know if you are in UK or US but there are plenty of recommendations there for a good quality dry food.

To cut to the chase, generally speaking you would be well advised to avoid cheap supermarket brands of dog food (simply because they are made up of nothing much that is useful), and go for something mid range. My terrier is dead fussy but we had great success with James Wellbeloved dry food - its mid-priced and scores well in terms of content (no nasty fillers or poor quality meat derivatives).

Whatever you go for, make sure you get the puppy variety, to ensure the right balance of calcium/phosphorus and other nutrients is correct for your growing Yorkie!

There's nothing wrong with wet food (tins or pouches) - fed solely on these your pup may produce more faeces which are a bit stinkier, but wet foods also work well as a tempter if your pup isn't thrilled at the prospect of dry food. Dry food is boring....you could mix with a dollop of wet food if your Yorkie is not impressed.

There are of course "home made diets", where you cook for your dog and follow tried and tested recipes for dogs - I did this for a while for Nellie and added a calcium supplement. I found it rather enjoyable really, but it is quite labour intensive - I eventually got her onto a dry food. Don't get started on that track if you can't continue indefinitely!

And finally, there are highly evolved secret methods of tempting an overtly fussy and spoilt dog, such as mine. I spoilt my terrier by worrying that she wasn't eating enough, and continually offering her tasty alternatives when she refused what was on offer. DON'T DO IT!!!! Stick to what you want to feed and don't be swayed by cute puppy behaviour. They won't starve themselves - they simply hold out to see what comes next, if you promote this behaviour by trying to tempt them into eating. Tough - its boring food or fresh air when you're a dog. Otherwise you will forever be a slave to their fussy appetite, and I speak from personal experience!

If he/she is picky and you do need some ideas, some of my tricks are using a little chicken stock and fat (the genuine stuff straight from the chicken, not the synthetic variety) - a teaspoon melted in the microwave and mixed into dry food works well.

See how you go though, and try to stay resilient in the face of sad hungry puppy syndrome!

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No one had said it yet, but if you didn't get a schedule from the breeder, I'd feed the daily ration in three separate meals until age six months.
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