Feeding your puppy a good diet is extremely important. Puppies grow fast and need a good diet to help their growth and development. So what is the best puppy food?

Choosing the Best Puppy Food

A good breeder should give you information about your dog's  diet requirements. The best food for your puppy is food that is specially formulated for puppies to help them grow. You can choose from dry or tinned dog food and the quality of foods on the market varies. Always buy products that have been specially developed for puppies.

One of the best puppy foods to feed your puppy is dry dog food. However if you want to feed your puppy dry food and it is not used to it, add some tinned puppy food to dry food or soak the dry feed in warm water before feeding. You can find a variety of tinned foods on the market and the quality varies. Choose a tinned product that is made for puppies, provides complete nutrition and is digested easily. Meals that are based on rice and chicken are easy to digest and most puppies like them. Once you find a food that suits your puppy's digestion and that your puppy likes, it is best to stay with it and not make changes as dogs' digestive systems need stability.

Tips for Feeding Your Puppy

Puppies have small stomachs and to make sure their stomachs do not stretch too much, you should feed your puppy at regular intervals. A good general rule is to give four meals each day until the puppy is four months old. After this you can feed three meals a day until the age of six months. You can then start to feed just twice a day and continue with two daily meals throughout its adult life. It is important to always have a bowl of fresh water for the dog.

One way to know if the food you're feeding is right for your dog is to look at the puppy's stools.  Normal stools should be firm, formed and dark brown. The food should also be digested easily. Many dog owners use treats to help to train their puppy or to reward their dog for good behavior. It is important to not to give too many treats, so choose good quality treats that do not contain too much sugar or fat, and keep them for special rewards and for training. Never give a dog chocolate: it is toxic for dogs.