FEEDING YOUR NEW PUPPY
Three separate meals for young puppies during the first few months at home
Routine is important be consistent (Morning, Noon ,Dinner)
It can help with housetraining. Since your puppy is eating at the same times each day, s/he will also need to “go” at around the same times each day.
If your puppy is still housetraining, free-feeding can delay the process
Check your dog food for the recommended amount to feed your dog per day, take that and divide into 2 or 3 meals during the day.
If you do choose to give your puppy treats you should reduce the amount of food given at mealtimes so your puppy doesn't become overweight.
Give your dog 15-20 minutes to eat, and then take the food away
Some puppies go off their food for a few days when they arrive in a new home. This is usually because they are overwhelmed by their new environment and their appetite will come back once they settle in.
You should give your puppy his/her meals in a sturdy non-tip bowl.
Choose Premium Brand dog foods instead of Economy Brand dog foods.
Puppies have not yet developed bowel and bladder control, so they can't 'hold it' as long as adult dogs.
Puppies need time to developed a "den" instinct to cause them to want to 'hold it' and not soil the den, i.e., your entire house
Reward the pup for peeing or pooping in the right place - use a special treat
establish a spot while potty training that your dog knows is where he needs to perform his duties
There are three things that will ensure your success as you take on your
housebreaking challenge, and I can’t stress the importance of them enough:
Most 8 week old puppies need a potty break every 30 minutes to an hour during the day.
Signs Puppy is about to go potty
Sniffing the Floor
Turning in Circles While Sniffing
Scratching, Standing, or Barking at the Door