Feeding/Nutrition . . .

FEEDING:     As with any puppy your Spitz IS what they eat and what goes in also must come out. So in order to give your puppy its best start in life it is recommended that initially you continue with the diet & regime that has already been established by your breeder.

At 8 weeks of age this is likely to be 3 or 4 meals each day spread equally across approx' a 14 hour period with each meal left down for only 20 minutes or so. Never leave uneaten food on the floor as this encourages 'grazing'.   As your puppy grows you will need to increase the amount fed at each mealtime according to the food manufacturers recommendation.

At 12 weeks of age you can probably drop one mealtime but still spread the remaining 3 meals equally across your day. Try to feed at about the same time each day, your Spitz has a remarkable body clock and will quickly get used to its new routine.   Continue this pattern until your dog is 6 months of age when you can drop a further meal, probably the lunchtime feed.

Once your dog reaches its first birthday it may well be time to migrate it from a 'puppy food' onto an adult food. As with any change in your dogs regime introduce this gradually over a period of some days so as not to cause tummy upsets or pooh problems. This may also be the time when your dog reduces to a single meal each day.

Fresh water should ALWAYS be available to your dog.

Ownership . . .