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What's the Secret to Finding the Best Puppy Food?

Updated: May 7

Insider Tips from 40 Years of Experience

Welcoming a new puppy into your home is an exciting journey filled with joy, playfulness,

a few challenges. One of the most important decisions you'll make for your little furball is choosing the right puppy food. Not only does the right diet support their growth and development, but it also sets the stage for a healthy life. Today, we dive deep into the world of puppy nutrition with insights from a seasoned breeder with over 40 years of experience, specializing in Cavachon and Shichon Teddy Bear puppies.


Understanding Puppy Nutrition

Before we delve into specific brands, it's crucial to understand what makes puppy food different from adult dog food. Puppies have unique nutritional needs that support their rapid growth and development. High-quality puppy food should be rich in protein to help build strong muscles, have DHA for brain and vision development, and have the right balance of calcium and phosphorus to support bone growth.


Why Puppy Food Matters

Choosing the right puppy food isn't just about keeping your puppy full; it's about setting a foundation for a life of health and vitality. The right diet can help prevent future health issues such as obesity, diabetes, and joint problems. Additionally, puppies who eat well-balanced meals are more likely to develop strong immune systems, which is crucial in their early stages of life.


Experience from a Seasoned Breeder

As someone who has been breeding Cavachon and Shichon Teddy Bear puppies for over four decades, we have tried many, many dog foods. Through years of observation and hands-on experience, we have found that Royal Canin stands out as the best choice for your puppy. Here’s why:


Quality Ingredients: Royal Canin puppy food is formulated with high-quality proteins and precisely balanced nutrients that are essential for puppy development. The ingredients are selected for their digestibility and nutrient content, which is crucial for puppies' sensitive stomachs.


Breed-Specific Formulas: Royal Canin offers breed-specific formulas that cater to the unique needs of different breeds. For breeds like Cavachons and Shichon Teddy Bears, these tailored formulas help address specific health concerns and physical attributes.


Research-Backed: Royal Canin’s commitment to science-based nutrition means that each formula is created based on extensive research. This ensures that the food meets the nutritional needs of puppies at different stages of their growth.


The Role of Breeders in Puppy Nutrition

As the breeders of DCDogFinders we play a pivotal role in a puppy’s early nutrition. With our vast experience, we can guide new pet owners through the maze of dietary choices and help them make informed decisions that benefit their puppies' health. We  often start feeding Royal Canin from birth, and recommend that new owners continue with it to ensure dietary consistency and prevent digestive issues.


Feeding Your Cavachon or Shichon Teddy Bear Puppy

Our Cavachon and Shichon Teddy Bear puppies are “free feeders”. This means that they should have access to food and water at all times. Puppies and dogs decide how much to eat based on how hungry they are. When they are no longer hungry, they stop eating. They don’t overeat or become overweight. Dogs generally become heavy when YOU decide how much food they need and set it out for them to eat and then take the bowl away. They never really know if the bowl is coming back so they eat as much as they can hold. Free feeders, on the other hand, only eat what they need and come back later because they know the bowl will always be there.


Transitioning Foods

If you decide to switch your puppy’s food, remember to do it gradually. Transitioning too quickly can cause gastrointestinal upset. A good rule of thumb is to mix the new food with the old, gradually increasing the amount of new food over the course of a week.


Final Thoughts

Choosing the right puppy food is a significant decision that can impact your puppy's health for years to come. With our decades of experience and the backing of scientifically formulated foods like Royal Canin, you can make an informed choice that supports your puppy’s growth and health. Remember, the best start in life means a happier, healthier future for your furry friend.


As a new puppy owner, armed with these insights, you're better prepared to make the best nutritional choices for your puppy. Always consult with your veterinarian for specific advice tailored to your puppy's health needs and circumstances. Here's to a joyous and healthy start to your new journey together!

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