First 24 Hours
Puppies grow up very quickly indeed, and the baby stage is gotten through very rapidly so take heart! Here are pointers that should help you and your new puppy get started off on the right paw!
The average small breed puppy will eat three times a day, usually ¼ to a ⅓ of a cup per feeding. Check your bag for recomendations for each brand. I recommend taking away any food your puppy hasn’t eaten after about 15 minutes, to help with keeping potty training on track. You’ll offer a full feeding the next meal, always taking the food away after 15 minutes or so (of course if you’re puppy is still munching away, you can increase that time until she finishes.
Puppy Appetite Problems
If you are having trouble getting your puppy to eat (which can be a problem once puppies leave the competition of their siblings) you can add a bit of yogurt or use Agatha's Elixir to help keep blood sugar level and increase appetite in young puppies.
The goal is for your puppy to have a bit of extra food left over each meal. Most puppies are real nibblers and some meals eat very little, some meals the whole bowl, this is perfectly normal. Usually a potty break is in order about 10 mins after she eats.
It helps to keep feeding times as distraction free as possible, like kids they find it hard to focus and finish their dinner if there are more interesting things going on around them. Even sit on the floor beside baby for the first few feedings to encourage her to nibble a bit more readily.
PUPPY NOTE: Most episodes of a puppy being reluctant to eat are transitory in nature and no real cause for alarm. However, if your typically happy, tail-wagging puppy suddenly becomes dull and lethargic, refuses her food, or has diarrhea it's time to ring your veterinarian to have her looked at to rule out any more serious issues.
As your puppy grows, you will increase the amount of food per feeding. If she’s licking the dish and looking for more, it means her growing puppy body needs more calories. Gradually increase the amount per feeding until she begins to leave a few kibbles at each meal. The goal is for her to have a bit more to eat than she wants, until one year of age, then as your veterinarian advises to keep her fit.
At bedtime, even if she’s asleep, wake her up and take her out one more time, then she should sleep through the night till around 7:00 or so. If she fusses and cries, try to use a low, growly voice, and FIRMLY say “No NO! Quiet!”.
She is rather young so she might miss us! If she persists more than 5 minutes refer to "The Puppy Meltdown."
This book is full of many tips, secrets, shortcuts and helps, you’ll save hours of frustration if you do your puppy homework and are knowledgeable before baby arrives. Education is the key to a smart trained puppy! Everyone wants to choose a new name for their puppy, it’s perfectly OK to choose your favorite. Sometimes it takes a day or two, don’t be afraid to narrow your list to a few favorites and give them a try until you arrive at that special name that simply belongs to your new family member.
Read the Potty Training articles to help your puppy navigate quickly through the housetraining process!