How Many Times a Day Should You Feed Your Puppy?

It is very important to know how many times a day you should feed your puppy. If not fed enough, they can become malnourished. On the other hand, if they are overfed or given too much rich food, it can lead to obesity and gastrointestinal issues.

Puppies Can Eat three times a day

Your puppy should not be fed more than four times a day. If you are going on vacation and will have someone else feeding your puppy, it is best to ask how many times they feed the puppy normally so that he or she does not get too hungry while waiting for their next meal.

It is very important to know how many times a day you should feed your puppy. If puppies do not eat enough food, they can become malnourished; if overfed or given rich foods, obesity may occur as well as GI tract issues like diarrhea or constipation.

Some puppies are more active

Some puppies are more active than others so their feeding schedule would be different; this can vary between three times a day up to four times per day depending on size and activity level of the pup with the majority being fed at least three if not more times daily.

eating too much or not enough

If your puppy is not eating the proper amounts, consult a vet to see if there is an underlying issue. Some pups crave certain flavors or textures of food and may need some time for their tastes buds to mature before they will adapt to the new diet; also take into consideration how much your puppy eats at each meal as well as treats so you can get that balance right.

always have food available

Bringing food wherever you go is important so that you won’t be tempted to feed your pup something unhealthy from a fast food restaurant; this will also help curb any begging behavior. Having food on hand gives your pup a healthy diet and will make them happy and healthier.

Feeding time

The amount of time spent eating should be scaled to the size of your pup’s stomach. A typical feeding will last about fifteen minutes and they will eat everything in their bowl.

It is important to keep a close eye on their eating habits and eat as much or as little, but be sure not to overfeed.

Remember that your pup’s stomach should have enough time in between meals so it can digest the food properly; this will help avoid any digestive problems.

Brush up on these feeding basics: how many times a day you feed them, how long they should spend at each meal, and what types of foods are good for them- protein being one of those essential items!

The new diet also take into consideration how much your puppy eats at each meal as well as treats so you can get that balance right. Be mindful though, too many treats may cause weight gain and health issues down the road.

snacking in between meals

This might lead to an unhealthy weight gain; snacks are best given as part of a mealtime so they don’t go hungry too long before dinner-time arrives. It also helps keep their sweetness levels regulated throughout the day which means less bad behavior because they’re tired!

Eating “too much” on any given day isn’t good for puppies either–it can lead to diarrhea or vomiting.

access to fresh water

Having access to fresh water is important for all animals, and puppies are no exception. This may lead to more peeing and accidents, but that’s okay! This just creates more opportunities for potty training your puppy (or if you can’t take your dog out as often, you can train him to pee on pads!)

Don’t feed from the table

Puppies should never be fed off of our plates–it’s a habit that can lead to begging behaviors later in life, which is difficult to break! But it also means we’re risking spreading bacteria around if they do lick or chew on things like raw chicken or beef (which isn’t good for their digestive system). Feeding them at an appropriate height will help keep these unwanted behaviors from forming.

What Kind of Food to Feed Your Puppy

Now that you have a general idea of how often to feed your puppy, it’s time to discuss when and what type of food they should be eating!

It can sometimes become difficult to gauge how much high quality dog food makes up one serving so always follow label directions closely if unsure. If not sure on how many calories are appropriate for their body weight, talk with your veterinarian.

Puppy Food vs Adult Dog Food

Puppies typically require less protein than adult dogs do. Protein is necessary for growth, but too much can also lead to bone and joint problems as they continue to grow.

A puppy food will have a higher percentage of carbohydrates since it’s the energy source their growing bodies need most at this time.

Adult dog foods are lower in carbs with more proteins because their body needs this type of nutrient during maturing years when bones and joints are being set up for life ahead.

Dry Food for Puppies

The most common type of puppy food is dry. It’s inexpensive, high in protein and a good source of carbohydrates for energy. You can buy a lot at once and store it for a long time.

It can be harder to measure the amount of food your puppy needs during mealtime when you’re measuring out dry kibble, so weigh your pup before each feeding and make sure he’s getting enough but not too much at any one sitting.

To figure out how many cups are in an ounce? Multiply ounces by 30 (30 divided by 16 = two). Then multiply that number again with the desired weight per cup of feed – this should give you grams or pounds depending on what units you’re using.

Poultry vs Dog Food

Dry dog food is made from all sorts of animals including beef, poultry, lamb and fish; these ingredients have different levels of protein content. You can measure protein content in a number of ways, but the simplest is to compare how much protein per weight there is in each food.

Protein Levels

Dogs need something between 18% and 22% protein on average, which means that you want closer to 20%.

For every 100 grams of food: fresh-ground beef has about 27%, salmon 26%, chicken 23%, lamb 19%. If we’re going by percentage then chickpeas (18%), brown rice (17%) and tuna fish (14%) have less than what your dog needs. Try giving your pup half a can of sardines for lunch with some cooked brown rice or quinoa tossed into it as well as dinner.


Some dogs have allergies to specific food types. You can try giving your pup a food type that it hasn’t had before and see how they react. Start with a small amount and increase the food amount gradually.

Boosting Immunity

Some studies have found that a diet with less than 18% protein can decrease your dog’s immunity to disease, which means they’ll need more vet visits and medications. If you’re looking for an inexpensive way to boost their immune system then add in some green vegetables like broccoli or spinach into their breakfast or dinner meal.

For example, if you throw together fresh-ground beef, brown rice, mashed banana (the fruit), boiled broccoli tops and two eggs scrambled up as well as chopped bacon bits on top of it all then mix it all together before giving it to them.

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Peter Newman

Peter Newman is the owner and editor for Puppy Leader. He has two dogs and loves to train them daily. Every day, Peter takes his dogs to the park and lets them run around and play together. He also trains them each day with different commands and tricks.