For anyone who just got a Double Doodle puppy, you might be wondering how much to feed it. Since it is a cross between Golden Retrievers, Poodles, and Labrador Retrievers, deciding what it needs to eat can be confusing. Check out the following information if you want to be informed about this.
How much should you feed your Double Doodle puppy?
Just like any other puppies, your Double Doodle puppy is still in the growing phase. As it is still growing and developing, it will be needed for your puppy to get frequent meals and more energy.
Usually, the puppies are able to be brought home when they are around 2 months old. Before that period, it is a must for them to be fed on their mother’s milk as much as they want. Before you take or receive your puppy, the breeder usually already has introduced puppy food. If it is not the case, it is your job to start introducing puppy food. Besides, you should also start introducing scheduled meal times at around 4 to 12 weeks of age. However, you are still advised to discuss with the vet.
Talking about feeding your Double Doodle puppy, it is worth noting to not try to feed it the food for adult dogs. Make sure to avoid it until it has reached its adult size. As it is still growing and developing, you should give it more nutrients and calories instead of adult dog food. Ask your vet about the high quality food that can fill the needs of your puppy.
Puppy feeding chart by age
Check out the puppy feeding guide and puppy feeding chart by age below:
- 8-12 weeks: 3-4 times a day
- 4-5 months: 3 times a day
- 6-8 months: 2 times a day
- 9-11 months: 2 times a day
- 1-2+ years: 2 times a day
Aside from that chart, here is another useful chart that shows the caloric requirements for puppies that are based on how much they will weight once they grow up:
|Adult Weight (lb)||Dry Food (cal)||Wet Food (cal)||Fresh Food (cal)|
What time of the day do you have to feed your double Doodle puppy?
For those who feed the Double Doodle puppy 3 times every day, the meal times of your puppy should be around the same time every single day. For instance, you feed the puppy at the same times when you eat your breakfast and dinner. So, the time could be at around 8 AM, 12 PM and 5 PM. While the last meal for the dog is usually at 7 PM, for the puppy it should be 5 PM so the puppy has time to digest and poop before nighttime.
It should be noted that you have to set the feeding times for your puppy as it is important to help regulate their metabolism and digestion. Not only that, it is also good to encourage good behavior at mealtimes and they can also bond with the family. For detailed information about the feeding schedule of your puppy, you are suggested to consult the vet.
Is it okay to free feed your Double Doodle puppy?
If your Double Doodle puppy is an active one, you can calculate the exact amount of food that it needs every day and leave out that number for the whole day.
Is it okay to overfeed your Double Doodle puppy?
It is never okay to overfeed your puppy as it can cause obesity, digestive issues, and some other issues with its development. If you feed your puppy too much food, do not be surprised if it has obesity when it is an adult.
How do you tell that you are feeding your Double Doodle puppy enough?
It is really easy to monitor this by looking at the body composition of the puppy starting from 8-10 weeks of age. There are several things that should not be visible, including ribs, spine, and pelvic bones of the puppy. As for the outline of the ribs and the waist, these two should be seen. You can tell that your puppy is overweight if its stomach is more rounded and both ribs and waist are invisible.
When is the right time to switch puppy to dog food?
The best time to switch puppy to dog food is when the puppy has grown to its full size. In general, toy dogs reach their adult size by 11 months, small and medium dogs by 13 months, large dogs by 16months, and giant dogs by 24 months.
When is the right time to switch puppy to 2 meals a day?
The right time to switch puppy to 2 meals a day is usually around 6 months of age. However, it may vary, depending on the breeds. For the Double Doodle puppy, as it will be about 50 to 80 lbs when it is full grown, which is considered a large dog, feeding 3 times a day might be better even after around 6 months of age. To get the correct answer, please go to your vet and ask about it to them personally.