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Puppy | What to Expect at 8 to 12 Weeks

Published: Tuesday, March 6, 2018

You’ve welcomed your new member of the fur-mily, you’ve bought the essentials, you’ve made their bed, you’ve ooh-ed and aah-ed, you’ve watched them chew your favourite pair of socks. Now what?

We recommend establishing a feeding routine from the get-go to ensure smooth sailing on the eating front. This way, your young pup can develop at a healthy rate and enjoy all the nutrients they need.

Unsure how much to feed, or how often? Our team of superhero nutritionists have put together some tried and tested tips to help you get started.

Toilet training a new puppy

Housebreaking is perhaps the biggest challenge us humans face when training a new puppy. If only our canine best friends could talk the whole scenario would be a lot easier, but until that day, trial and error will have to do.

#1 Pups can’t hold their liquid for long at all, so we recommend taking them outside every 30 minutes initially.

#2 Take your pup to a specific spot in the garden or outside and praise him when he goes in the right spot.

#3 Don’t rush your pup and give them space. Try to imagine how you’d feel if someone was watching you.

#4 If disaster strikes and your pup has a little accident, don’t make a fuss. Quietly and gently take him outside.

#5 After a while, your pup will get used to this routine and start to bark, whine or pace the room when he or she needs to go. Look out for these signs.

#6 Slowly reduce the time between toilet visits so that your puppy learns to hold their urges in.

The 8 to 12 week bite-sized feeding bible

#1 Most puppies will happily dine on 3 meals per day until they are 6 months old. Stick to a timely routine of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

#2 To determine the correct feeding amount, you’ll need to do some simple maths. For every kg the puppy weighs, we recommend feeding 20g per day. So, if you have a puppy weighing 5kg, they will need 100g per day. And so on.

#3 If your puppy temporarily loses their appetite or suffers an upset tummy, try not to panic. This is common as they adapt to this new and scary world. As they settle in and get used to their surroundings, meal times will improve.

Initial training tips

#1 Take your puppy outdoors regularly and establish a toilet routine. Praise your puppy at every opportunity, even if an accident happens.

#2 Test out using a lead indoors to prepare he or she for the daily walk. Ensure your puppy is comfortable and at ease.

#3 Carry your puppy outside so that they can learn about and smell their surroundings.

#4 Give them plenty of gentle handling, belly rubs and grooming.

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