When a cocker spaniel and a poodle are bred together, the offspring are referred to as cockapoos. Cockapoo dogs are on the small side, usually weighing between 5.44 and 10.9 kg (12 and 24 lb). These dogs are energetic and very affectionate which makes them great pets. Once you bring your cockapoo home, you will want to know how to properly feed it and keep your cockapoo in prime health.
Create a feeding schedule that will give the dog two meals a day. It is best if these feedings are 12 hours apart. If you wake up at 6 a.m., feed your pet at 6:30 a.m. and again at 6:30 p.m.
Look at the back of your premium dog food package and find the chart that tells you how much the cockapoo should be fed per serving. The appropriate amount is determined by the cockapoo's weight. Place this amount in your dog's food dish.
Place the food dish and a dish filled with water out at your predetermined morning feeding time.
Pick the food dish up after 20 minutes and put it away. The water dish can be left out, but the food dish needs to be taken away because this is the best way to monitor how much food your dog is eating. Your dog will also have time to work up an appetite. When the dog sees the bowl coming, he will recognise that it is now time to eat. Repeat this process for the dog's evening meal.
Give your cockapoo one treat sometime during the day. It's best to do it at the same day each day so the dog comes to expect it. This step is optional, but one the dog will enjoy in between meals.
Use a premium dog food for puppies if your dog is not yet considered an adult. Switch to adult food when your puppy reaches 90 per cent of its expected body weight. Your vet can help you choose a premium dog food if you are not sure which one to buy.
Do not feed your cockapoo table scraps. Human food does not contain all of the nutrition that these dogs need.