I've read countless threads on feeding my 8 week puppy. A lot of good advice but it's hard to take some in because we own two large dogs (bernese mountain dogs) and prior we owned a dalmatian and we did things different. This is my first GSD and I am not sure if the feeding is different. There is a lot on raw feeding and I am not interested in that. I am on my third day with her and she is still eating the food the breeder gave me which is Pedigree, I know I am going to change it today which is why I need help. She also gave me one can of Ol' Roy wet puppy food.
With our dogs, we have always just left the bowl down all day and let them eat what they want. We have never had a weight problem. When they were puppies my mom did monitor the puppy feeding because our adult dog would eat if we left it out.
As of right now, I am feeding Dakota about 1/2 a cup of dry food 4 times a day. Our day starts at 6 a.m. I mix in just two small spoonfulls of wet food twice a day. She actually leaves some of that in the bowl and is really interested in the hard kibble. Sometimes she doesn't finish all of her food but will go back and fourth until it's gone grabbing one kibble at a time. So she isn't stuffing her face, she seems to know when to stop. I am only giving her treats when she goes potty at the right place and sits.
My parents always fed our dogs Purina puppy food when puppies and then switched to Purina Adult food. Since our dogs are large and it seems to work just fine for them, I plan to do the same for my GSD. Unless someone can give me another option that isn't going to cause me to go broke! Should I wean her off the wet food? Or buy a better brand and mix it in for the next two weeks and then stop?
I know this is getting long..but we also always fed our dogs rawhide bones (really helps with teething). The worst that ever came with it is a little gas sometimes. I want to buy Dakota some puppy safe bones that will keep her occupied. Along with things like the hooves. Is this going to do serious damage? Like I said we never had problems with our other breeds and feeding them these things.
Thank you everyone! I am sort of being a paranoid new mom. I want to make sure I do everything right while the time is crucial!