We feed good quality puppy food from the time they start on solids at 3 weeks. Pups get fed small amounts of jelly meat four times a day with puppy biscuits added to their diet from 4 weeks, fresh water is available at all times.
As our pups grow we reduce jelly meat feeds down to two feeds per day by the time they are 8 weeks and then down to once a day feeds on good quality dry dog roll up to one year of age. Good quality puppy biscuits are continued throughout this period.
Echo's puppies at 4 weeks eating biscuits
All our dogs hunt, so we feed high protein dog biscuits available all day with dry dog roll every night. Our dogs are always given dog bones from puppy onwards. Bones are important for healthy teeth and great for when pups and our older dogs are put in kennels, it keeps them busy and it's a great tool for getting dogs to think of kennels as a happy place to be. Less chance of dogs learning bad behavior like wining, barking and chewing kennels while locked up. We also feed our food scraps and meat from deer and pigs that we hunt.
Tip: Never feed from the hand unless training with treats. We don't hand any of our food to our dogs while we're eating, if we do have scraps it's given on their dinner plates at their dinner time. This prevents dogs from standing by you or anyone else expecting to have food handed to them when humans are eating. We have some of our dogs living inside and because we never give human food from our hands we can eat in front of any of our dogs with them totally ignoring us and carrying on with doing their own thing.
Tip: We never feed cooked small bones to our dogs because cooked bones can splinter and cause choking.
Tip: Good sized marrow bones from the butcher are best, dogs spend many hours chewing through to the marrow, keeping them entertained.
Tip: Buy chew bones for eating in your home or car. We use these when starting to take pups in cars, it keeps them busy and not thinking about chewing the interior if you have to get out for a few minutes. In the house on a rainey day they also keep them busy, we tend not to give these out unless we need them to entertain from bordem, some people give a pigs ear each day but we save these treats for times you need them to leave house hold things alone and interiors of vehicles. They are wonderful bordem breakers.