HOW MUCH FOOD SHOULD I GIVE MY MINI DOODLE PUPPY?
There’s a saying in canine feeding: Watch the dog, not the dish. Body condition, not the amount eaten or left in the bowl, should determine portion sizes. Portion sizes depend on individual metabolism and body type, and nutritional requirements vary from dog to dog. If your puppy occasionally skips a meal or picks at food, don’t worry. It could mean she is ready to eliminate a feeding or that you have given her too much, in which case simply reduce the quantity served.
Also, if you are doing treat based training with your mini doodle pup, adjust the amount you feed at mealtime accordingly. Whenever training with treats, keep the treat as small as possible.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I FEED MY PUPPY?
Like human babies, puppies start out needing many small meals a day, of a food formulated for their special nutritional requirements. Most, but not all, dogs finish meals quickly. To discourage picky habits, feed at regular times in regular amounts and don’t leave food down for more than 10 to 20 minutes.
IS IT WORTH IT TO BUY EXPENSIVE FOOD?
The answer to this is YES YES YES! Premium food has higher nutritional density, so you can feed your dog less to achieve the same results. Also, premium foods have stable ingredient profiles; the composition of bargain brands can vary from batch to batch.
The major dog-food companies invest heavily in product development and research, constantly upgrading formulas to keep up with their competitors. This means that feeding premium food puts you on the cutting edge of canine nutrition.
DRY FOOD, WET FOOD, OR BOTH?
Many pet-food companies have worked with canine-nutrition scientists to develop special formulas for both large- and small-breed puppies.
Some dog owners say there is an oral-hygiene advantage in hard kibble because the friction produced helps to keep the gums and teeth healthy. Kibble can be moistened, either with water or canned food. Although unnecessary, that addition may make food tastier.
FEEDING A MINIATURE BREED VS A LARGE BREED
Small dogs are different in many ways from their larger counterparts, beginning with their nutritional needs. Despite their small size, small and Mini breed dogs may actually require more calories per pound than larger dogs. Their higher metabolic rates particularly affect their dietary needs in puppyhood, and there are health concerns as they age that diet can help address.
In general, dogs require a wide range of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Dogs, contrary to popular belief, are not strictly carnivores. Domestic dogs rely on grains, fruits, and vegetables, as well as meat, for a complete and balanced diet. For this reason, many people prefer to feed their dogs commercial foods. Most commercial foods are affordable, convenient, and contain all of the nutrients that dogs need to stay healthy, and since few owners are experts in dog nutrition, feeding a dry or canned commercial diet takes the guesswork out of balancing your dog’s nutritional needs.
The assumption that small breed dogs such as Mini Doodles are low maintenance and easy to feed due to their small size is dangerous. Small breed like Mini Doodles, require careful feeding to prevent a condition called hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia is the scientific word for low blood sugar, and small breed puppies are prone to developing this condition as a result of high metabolic rates and low sugar and body fat reserves. This means they need to be fed a calorie-dense, small breed puppy food anywhere from three to four times a day and watched closely for symptoms of hypoglycemia.
Symptoms of hypoglycemia in dogs:
Most complete and balanced small breed puppy foods contain the appropriate amount of nutrients for Miniature Doodle puppies. They also have smaller kibbles, which are easier for mini breed puppies to chew and are less of a choking hazard.