Bringing home an adorable Bichon Frise puppy is both exciting and joyful. However, there are many things you need to consider besides giving it your love and attention. Most important is what your puppy will eat. As a toy dog, a Bichon Frise is very selective when it comes to food. So, with a finicky dog, comes a finicky owner who must determine what food is best. Here’s some helpful hints to get you on your way.
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Things you need
- Water and food bowls
- Measuring cup
- 2 types of dry dog food
Check with your veterinarian to determine what food your Bichon should eat and how to administer it. Most vets and breeders will agree the food should be a proper balance of protein, carbohydrates, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals to match the breed-specific requirements. It should be a premium dog food, not generic, and some may go so far as saying you should prepare your Bichon's meals yourself. A raw food diet can be beneficial to a Bichon as well as a holistic food diet. Some holistic brands include Eagle Pack, Innova and Taste of the Wild.
Designate an area in your home where you will feed your puppy its meals. Make sure you choose somewhere away from where your family dines. Provide both a food and water bowl for your Bichon. Keeping your Bichon hydrated is important to is health.
Crating your Bichon at mealtimes can help its finicky ways. This helps determine how well your puppy is eating, as well as with portion control. It also keeps other house pets separated from your puppy's food and minimises mealtime distractions like children and other interference.
Feed your puppy at least four times a day. An average size Bichon will eat one cup of dry dog food a day. You will want to give your puppy some form of a dry dog food since Bichons are susceptible to dental problems, including plaque build-up. Dry foods scrape the teeth and clean them as the puppy eats.
Space meals four to five hours apart. Give the first 1/2 cup when your puppy first wakes up once he has gone to the bathroom. At midday, give a 1/4 a cup and then in the afternoon 1/3 a cup. A final feeding should be given at night before bed. Remove food after 10 minutes if your puppy shows disinterest in eating.
Continue this feeding schedule until he is at least three months old. Then feed your puppy three times a day until he is six months old. It is important to go off the puppy formula at six months to avoid kidney disease, resulting from excessive protein in the diet.
Feed twice a day from six months and up.
Tips and warnings
- During hot weather, your Bichon might only eat at night. Remember to feed only dog food--not human food--and occasional treats.
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