Puppy Feeding Tips
Beneful® Healthy Puppy Dry Dog Food
Support every moment of your puppy's development with tips on proper feeding and nutrition and pointers on what to look forward to throughout his first year.
Beneful® For Puppies 1-12 Months Feeding Tips
FEEDING WEANING PUPPIES, 2-4 WEEKS
Start your puppy on a quality puppy food such as Beneful® For Puppies 1-12 Months when she begins to nibble at solid foods, generally at 3-4 weeks.
FEEDING GROWING PUPPIES, 6 -12 MONTHS
Gradually start to feed your pup all of the Beneful® For Puppies 1-12 Months she will eat at intervals throughout the day, up to 6 months.
FEEDING PUPPIES AFTER THEIR FIRST YEAR
At around a year of age, puppies should be transitioned slowly to an adult dog food such as Beneful® Original with Real Beef.
Other Beneful® Healthy Puppy Feeding Tips
MIXING WET FOOD WITH YOUR PUPPY'S DRY FOOD
3 oz of Beneful® wet food can replace approximately ¼ cup Healthy Puppy dry food.
SWITCHING YOUR PUPPY'S FOOD
Transition your puppy from its previous food to Beneful® For Puppies -12 Months slowly to avoid dietary upsets. Puppies have sensitive tummies! Make the change over 7-10 days, gradually adding more Beneful® and less of the previous food to your puppy's dish each day.
PROVIDING FRESH WATER
For your pup's health, don't forget to provide adequate fresh water in a clean container daily and to see your veterinarian regularly, for a healthy and happy pet.
Tips for your Puppy's First Year
From the instant you and your new cuddle buddy meet, he will take cues from you on how to behave. Your puppy will rely on you to teach him, to keep him healthy, to play with him and, of course, to give him plenty of cuddles. Every three months before your pup's first birthday will bring new joys and responsibilities. Here are some of the things you can expect in your puppy's first year in terms of care, behaviour and play.
0 - 3 Months
First visit to the vet! At 8 weeks old, your puppy should get his first round of shots from his veterinarian. He'll get his second round at 12 weeks. This is also the time to consult your vet about a heartworm preventative, which you'll give him from home each month.
Let your puppy get comfortable on leashed jaunts around the house before heading outside. Leather leashes work well as they tangle less than retractable ones. At six weeks start working on simple commands like "sit," "stay," and "down," dedicating time each day to work on them.
Puppies learn through play. There's no such thing as too many cuddles but don't forget to play fetch outside and provide toys to help him exercise.
3 - 6 Months
Stay on top of vaccinations, including the rabies vaccine around month 4. By 6 months, most puppies are spayed or neutered. This is also the time to introduce baths. Use shampoo made just for puppies and be careful not to bathe him too often – so as not to remove too many natural oils.
Between 3 and 5 months, your puppy will start to lose her baby teeth! As she teethes and grows adult teeth, help her learn the right things to chew by giving her chew toys that she can play with whenever she wants to.
Feel free to take your pup on errands with you: let her learn that going in the car doesn't only mean going to the vet. Continue to play to help her learn to socialize with other dogs and other humans!
6 - 9 Months
By now, your puppy has a full set of teeth that need to be brushed! Brush them at least three times a week with a dog-safe toothbrush to help prevent plaque and tartar. This is also a time to check in with your vet to see if any vaccines are in order.
This is the time to improve on the basics with your pup. He may need some special attention as he refines his behavior in public, where there are many more distractions than at home.
At this age, your puppy will begin to get serious about chasing. Be sure to let your dog chase you, instead of the other way around. If you take the lead, he'll learn that he shouldn't run from you!
9 - 12 Months
Always keep in touch with your vet, but your puppy isn't due for his annual wellness shots until her first birthday. In the meantime, continue brushing her teeth, bathing and grooming her.
Your puppy should be comfortable and ready for anything, whether that's other dogs or people. Continue refining directions such as "heel," "come," and "leave it."
Mix up your play routine and have a variety of toys in different shapes, textures and colours to keep your growing puppy entertained. Throw fetch balls farther and take longer walks together.
At the end of every day, help your puppy relax with a nice, long massage. Rub his torso, legs and paws to help him rejuvenate for another day of fun, play and bonding.
While your puppy learns and grows, don't forget to support him throughout his first year with a nutritious food created just for him, such as Beneful® Healthy Puppy with Real Chicken.