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Weigh your Puppies

Be sure to weigh each puppy more frequently during this time of changing diet. Should it be noted that there is not a steady increase in weight, the food should be increased. However, this is a matter of common sense. A puppy will eat until his little belly is ready to burst and still look up to you, pleading for more. Give him all the food he needs but not all he can eat. Keep in mind also that it is much better to feed him four or even more meals per day, of a size which his stomach can accommodate, than to give him two or three larger ones. An eight-to ten-months-old puppy needs more food than a grown dog, for his body is developing and he must build bone and other tissue which the grown dog already possesses.

It has been found that a child weighing 7% pounds at birth will weigh about 22 pounds by the time it is one year old. In other words, he has increased three times. In some breeds of dogs the increase over the same period of time is something like sixty times, while in others the increase is not quite so high. A cocker spaniel weighing 8 ounces at birth should weigh 22 to 26 pounds at one year. A German shepherd weighing one pound at whelping will weigh 60 to 70 pounds when he reaches the one-year mark. Thus it may be seen that the puppy develops twenty times in comparison to the child during the first year of its life, and it must be fed accordingly.

The digestive tract of a puppy is a sensitive area, and will not stand any abuse. Do not overfeed him. If his belly is full after each meal but he still appears to need more food, add a feeding to his schedule instead of overstuffing him at the regular times. Feed him at set hours, and never give anything but the regular diet. Do not feed a young puppy table scraps, and never give sweet or highly seasoned food to any dog, young or old. It is no kindness to give a puppy "just a little nip" of candy or a piece of cake. A pup fed sweets in his early days will lose his teeth earlier when he approaches old age. When this happens, his days are numbered.
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