Puppy Feeding Guidelines: Q&As

There are many puppy feeding guides to be found on the internet, hopefully all offering good advice on how, what, and when to feed your puppy, including this one here!

Red and white cocker spaniel puppy with large cute brown eyes on puppy feeding guidelines page.I'm hungry again Mum!

However, despite all these puppy feeding schedules, many visitors still have lots of questions, (understandably so) so I have added a few here, along with answers and comments from other visitors. I hope you enjoy them!

What Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel Puppy?

Hi, I'm totally new to this so I'm looking for some guidance on puppy feeding.

My cocker spaniel is only 5-weeks old and I'd like to know what should I give him to eat and drink?

He's my first Cocker and I want him to be a happy puppy. My child is 4 years old and wants him to really love her.

I also need to learn how to potty train him, but I will read your post.

Thank you for such a nice stunning web site!

By: Tanya - South Africa
Puppy Feeding Guide: Q&As - What Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel Puppy?

Hello Tanya!

Thank you for your kind words about my website, and congratulations on your new Cocker Spaniel puppy!

Five weeks is a little young to have left his mother, so I think you're going to have a lot of work to do and keep a careful eye on your puppy's development.

Puppies tummies are pretty delicate so it's important not to do anything that would upset them. The best advice I can give is that you continue with what your puppy has been used to.

Orange and white cocker spaniel puppy, headshot.I'm hungry mum!

He should have been weaned onto solid food at around three and a half to four and a half weeks. You can check with your breeder as they should have records and will let you know which brand and how much you should be feeding your new Cocker puppy.

If that's not possible, make an appointment to take him to see your vet. Not only will this give your vet the opportunity to examine your puppy, he will be able to offer you guidance on feeding your puppy.

He may recommend a combination of gentle puppy food and a supplement of powdered milk or he may feel your puppy can go directly onto specially formulated puppy food, dry or wet.

Personally, I recommend kibble (very small, dry, complete meal of croquets) as it's a complete meal; just make sure that there's plenty of water available for your puppy as kibble doesn't contain much - certainly not enough for your puppies needs.

Until you can get to see your vet, you could try feeding him a little plain boiled rice (no salt in the water) and a little cooked chicken or lamb (no fat), just until you can get some professional advice about puppy nutrition from your vet.

Please don't leave it for long, make an appointment now and get the vet's advice.

Good luck - I'm sure you and your family are going to have many great times with your new Cocker puppy!

PS: You'll find this article on feeding your puppy quite helpful.

PPS: Don't forget to start the socialization process now. Please don't delay. Start as early as possible to help give your puppy the opportunity to be the best he possible can be, with a nice rounded, loving temperament!

Hope this helps!

Puppy Feeding Guide: Q&As
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Puppy Feeding Guide: Q&As - What Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel Puppy?
Reply From: Nancy

Hi Tanya, I am surprised the breeder has allowed one of their pups to leave their home so young. It's usually safe for a puppy to go to a new home at around 8-10 weeks old.

I would never buy a puppy younger than 8 weeks of age, no matter what the breeder tells you. 5-6 week old puppies may well be eating solid food, but this alone does not mean they are ready to be on their own. There is a difference between when a puppy is physically able to leave its mom, and when it is emotionally able to.

I would be extremely wary of any breeder willing to sell a pup less than 8 weeks old. It's usually a good indication that the breeder is more interested in quick turnover than in the welfare of the puppy. It is also common in inexperienced breeders.

Also, only buy a puppy that you can pick up directly from the breeder. Don't buy from a breeder willing to ship the puppy to you. Being separated from mom for the first time is traumatic enough for a young puppy, but to spend the first day away from mom in the cargo hold of a jetliner is cruel beyond belief.

Imagine yourself a two year old child, taken from your mother for the first time, placed in a cage and put into the cargo hold (not the passenger compartment) of an airliner.

Do you think they have heating and air conditioning (or even lights?) in there for the luggage? Be extremely wary of any breeder willing to ship a young puppy to you. This would certainly tell me that the breeder was not truly concerned for the welfare of the dog.

Any breeder that can't find local buyers for their puppies and has to resort to shipping puppies by air is breeding way too many puppies.

I wish you and your puppy lots of luck Tanya!

Puppy Feeding Guide: Q&As - What Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel Puppy? By: Anonymous

I can't believe that your breeder didn't tell you what your puppy was eating. Breeders normally give you some puppy food before you bring him home, to tide you over until you can get some for yourself.

Good breeders will also give you some kind of puppy pack to help new puppy owners through those first few weeks. Passing on a puppy feeding guide or schedule is usually a fairly high priority for breeders.

You can buy good puppy food at most supermarkets, just make sure it's specially prepared for puppies. The food should have a high protein content and not full of fillers like corn and should be nutritious enough to sustain a pup's development.

Hope you have a great time with your new puppy!

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Puppy Feeding Guidelines for New Cocker Spaniel Owners

Hi everyone, please, can anyone recommend the best food for my cocker spaniel puppy?

My Cocker puppy, Teddy, is 10-weeks old and we have had him 4 days now.

The previous owner fed him on tinned pedigree chum. We brought our own choice which was wet & dry. Wainwright dry puppy food and the same but in the wet formula. Teddy isn't fussed to eat it and is a lazy eater.

We are really concerned. We don't know if he's not eating it because he doesn't like it or because he's JUST Lazy!

We would love to hear some advice on what is the best food for a cocker spaniel puppy so we can get it right.

Thank you.

Puppy Feeding Guide: Q&As - What Should I Feed My Cocker Spaniel Puppy? By: Jemma

Hi, I think you've done the right thing by taking your puppy off Pedigree chum.

What he needs is exactly what you're feeding him now; proper puppy food. Good for you. I can't believe the previous owner (I'm assuming the 'breeder') was feeding a puppy wet food that wasn't formulated for puppies.

Keep up the good work, you're doing fine.

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