Weaning Stage: (4 weeks – 6 weeks)
During this stage the puppies have developed teeth and should be weaned from the mother. During this time puppies will require their food to be prepared so they can eat it. In order to accomplish this you must grind up some dry puppy food into a powder form. This food will then be placed in a shallow bowl and mixed with a good quality puppy milk formula (or water). This mixture is often referred to as “Mush.” During the first few days during the weaning stage puppies will require their mush to be watered down with the milk in order for them to learn to lap and eat. Puppy mush too dry will not provide the proper hydration for the puppies since they will also be learning to lap water from a bowl during this time. Puppies normally catch on to eating mush very quickly and begin drinking water from a bowl without much encouragement. As the days progress the objective is to add less and less milk into the mush and grinding the food less so they are actually learning to chew their food and turn to the water in their bowl for hydration. Once the puppies are about 6 weeks old they should be able to eat solid foods without the need of grinding the food or adding milk. By the time puppies are 8 weeks of age they will be very versed with eating solid foods and require no assistance. This is usually the time in which puppies will be going to their new homes. New owners should maintain the same procedures as directed by their breeder in regard to the type of puppy food they are eating, quantity, and schedule. For our puppies, at 8 weeks of age, they are eating about ¾ cup of dry food mixed with a spoonful of canned wet food. They are fed twice a day – Once in the morning and once in the evening.