Your Puppy’s Diet

You Newfoundland Puppy’s Diet.
How you begin feeding your Newfoundland will determine how he/she expects to be fed for the rest of their life.
It is important to start off right with their feeding.
There are many commercial brands available that will fit the specific needs of your Newfoundland according to
their age and physical characteristics.
A common misconception among Newfoundland owners is believing that feeding their pets table scraps is good
practice.
Unfortunately, this is completely false. Table scraps, although sometimes hard to resist feeding him/her, can
cause problems.
First of all, table scraps do not consist of the balanced diet your pet needs which can cause gastronomic-intestinal upset.
Many owners do not realize that feeding their pet table scraps can encourage obnoxious behaviors such as
begging and barking for food.
Have you ever been at someone’s home and watched their four footed friend beg at the table? Although you may
think this is cute, remember, that Newfoundland begs like that every time those people sit down to eat. Yes,
morning, noon and night, they see their Newfoundland either wobbling in a begging position or barking to get bites.
If you start your Newfoundland off on the right foot when eating, your Newfoundland will be healthier and not a
nuisance during your dinnertime.

TYPES OF FEEDING
Scheduled feeding and free feeding are two types of feeding you may offer your Newfoundland. Both depend on
your lifestyle and the personality and physical characteristics of your pet.
Scheduled feedings usually take place in the morning and evening and consist of measured amounts of food.
Free feeding is exactly as it sounds. You set a bowl full of food on the ground and the Newfoundland eats
whenever hungry.
Dogs that are on scheduled feedings are sometimes more easily trained than those allowed to free feed. This is
because food can be used as a reward, where if the Newfoundland is free fed, food may not be an adequate
reward because the Newfoundland can have it anytime he/she likes.
If your Newfoundland eats excessively or is overweight, free feeding is probably not the best choice for your
pet. Also, if your pet spends many hours alone during the day, free feeding is not a good choice. What goes
in must come out and if your Newfoundland eats while you are away, she may need to eliminate prior to your return.
There are many brands of Newfoundland food available, and the most expensive brand is not necessarily the best.
The bags or cans of food themselves will give you a guide on how much of that particular food you should feed your Newfoundland according to their weight.
You can adjust the recommended amount based on the amount of exercise your Newfoundland gets and the climate
in which he/she lives. If your Newfoundland spends the majority of her time in hot weather, she will not need
the caloric intake of a cold weather Newfoundland.
Also, you will find that your Newfoundland may have an allergy to corn based foods. It may develop sores and
scabs on its skin from excessive scratching. Once the corn- based food is eliminated from its diet, the sores
go away. This is one reason many vets recommend a lamb and rice formula for your Newfoundland.
Feeding Your Puppy – Puppies should be fed several regularly scheduled meals every day throughout the
first three months of life. This will help prevent bloat. As your puppy gets older, you can reduce the
feedings to two meals per day, morning and evening or offer free feeding as an alternative choice. Puppies
require more calories and fat to grow.
Talk to your veterinarian about what type of food to feed your puppy through her first year of life. Many
recommend specific brands and most recommend a food without a lot of additives.
Feeding Your Adult Newfoundland – A Newfoundland is considered an adult from about one year to six years of age.
This time period should have a balanced diet of quality food, offered according to the weight of your Newfoundland,
and rich in the vitamins and minerals needed to promote a healthy life.
Once again, consult with your veterinarian on the brand they would recommend for your particular breed of
Newfoundland. The vet should also have a medical history established by this time so they will also be able to
add additional insight based on potential allergies or weight problems your Newfoundland may exhibit.
Feeding Your Older Newfoundland – Most older pets retain their ability to digest the essential nutrients from
food well into old age.
However, some older dogs do require an adjustment in their food intake dependent on their amount of physical
exercise. An older Newfoundland is usually not as active and therefore requires a reduction in calories.
Special food, designed for the older Newfoundland, is generally a good idea. Most of these formulas contain
moderate levels of high quality, highly digestible protein as well as modified levels of polyunsaturated
fat and vitamins B and E for better digestibility and health of your older pet.