Feeding Your Labrador Puppy

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In this article we answer your questions about feeding your Labrador puppy. You’ll find how to choose the best dog food for Lab puppies. You can also check out more information about puppy feeding using the links in the green box below

You’ll also find out how much to feed your Lab puppy and how often to feed. Together with schedules, quantities and even a handy puppy diet chart.

There are often questions on the website about feeding Labrador Retriever puppies. People ask if it is OK to give puppies eggs, or rice, or milk, and so on.

They also want to know how much to feed their puppies, and how often.

When I was small,  puppies were fed on all sorts of things, including scraps, raw meat, canned puppy food,  puppy meal, weetabix and milk, etc.

Nowadays feeding your Labrador puppy is usually much simpler.

If you want to find out how to feed an adult Labrador then check out our extensive guide here.

Best puppy food for Labs

We all want the best for our puppies. But what is the best puppy food for labs? Most puppies are fed on commercially produced dry dog food known as kibble.  We’ll look at different brands of dry puppy food in a moment.

But it is possible to feed a puppy on home cooked food or on a totally raw diet.  You’ve probably heard of BARF or biologically appropriate raw food.

Feeding dogs this way is growing in popularity, and there are pros and cons to raw feeding puppies, which we’ll be looking at here.

The alternatives are

  • Kibble (dry food)
  • Barf (raw food)
  • Wet food (cans and pouches)
  • Home cooked puppy food

Let’s look at what the experts say

Experts disagree on puppy feeding

Even experts disagree on what is the best food for puppies, and people often feel very strongly that one way of feeding is better than another.

You will find veterinarians on youtube pronouncing that BARF is the only way to keep a dog healthy, and veterinarians pronouncing that kibble is the only way you should feed your puppy, with dire consequences if you attempt to go ‘natural’

Dog breeders too tend to be divided into those that feed a natural raw diet, and those that feed kibble.  And you will find plenty of wild claims for the benefits of one method over the other.

The truth is, there is no good quality evidence that kibble is better for the long term health of your dog, or that raw feeding is better for the health of your dog.  And there are risks and benefits to both.

Choosing which puppy feeding method to use

Some dogs and some families are better suited to raw feeding, and many dogs and their families are probably better suited to feeding kibble.  And you can choose the method that suits you best.

If like most people, you choose to feed your puppy on commercial dry puppy food, you should not feel that you are letting him down in any way.   Let’s look now at feeding puppies kibble.  This is how most modern puppies are fed in the USA and the UK

Feeding your Labrador puppy on kibble

In most parts of the world you can buy ready-made pelleted puppy food of good quality.
Otherwise known as ‘kibble’, these dried, pelleted foods come in sacks or cartons.

They store well provided that you don’t get them damp.

Most vets and breeders believe that kibble is the best way to feed a puppy.  And you are likely to get support from your vet if you decide to feed your puppy on dry food.

Here are some dry dog food options you might like to choose from.

A good puppy kibble will contain every nutrient your Labrador puppy needs in order to grow and remain healthy.

What other food should you feed with puppy kibble?

I cannot stress this too strongly:  if you are feeding  kibble you don’t need to feed anything else apart from water.

Puppy kibble from a reputable manufacture  is intended to be a complete and balanced food.  There is no need to add anything else to it, and doing so may do more harm than good.

If you are feeding kibble, pick a good source and stick with it.

What about feeding puppies on raw food?

Some people feel that kibble is not the best way to feed a dog.

Some people are worried about the long term effects of feeding kibble,  and believe there are advantages to feeding a more natural raw diet.

I feed my own dogs this way.

But, I would caution people from switching puppies to raw in a hurry. There are pros and cons to raw feeding which need to be carefully considered before plunging in.

If this way of feeding appeals to you, do get yourself a good book on raw diets for dogs.  Tom Lonsdale’s book is a good choice, and check out the articles below.

You need to do a fair amount of research on the nutritional needs of puppies in order to maintain a balanced diet during this period of rapid growth.

Here is a link to the articles you need to help you decide whether or not raw feeding is for you:

How much should I feed my lab puppy?

People often tell me how much their puppy weighs and ask me how much his food should weigh.

I have put up a puppy diet guide below, to give you an idea of what quantities you should be feeding.

Risks of overfeeding your puppy

It is very important that you don’t overfeed your puppy.  Overfed puppies may grow too fast and this can be very bad for them.

That’s because rapid growth doesn’t just put weight on a puppy, it leads to larger but less dense bones and associated skeletal abnormalities

Labradors and other larger breed dogs are particularly at risk if they grow too quickly.

The puppy diet chart is for kibble fed puppies and does not apply to raw fed pups

Labrador puppy diet chart

The puppy feeding chart below is only a very rough guide.  The quantity you need to feed your puppy will vary depending on your puppy, and on the brand of food you are feeding him.
puppy feeding chart

Choosing best brand of puppy food

A good brand of dog food is one that will provide all your puppy’s nutrients, and keep him healthy, without costing you a small mortgage each week.

It’s important to give your little on food specifically designed for puppies, don’t feed kibble sold for adult dogs

The right brand will be designed for medium/large breed puppies. Check the pack carefully.

The cost of puppy food

Some brands of food are more concentrated than others.  The cheaper ones may contain more ‘fillers’ in the form of extra carbohydrates, usually made from grain.

The absence of these fillers means that you often have to feed lower quantities of more costly food making them less expensive than they might at first seem

You might also find on a cheaper brand that your puppy poos more as a result of those extra fillers going straight through him.

High quality brands of puppy food

Some brands of puppy food have developed a reputation for a high quality product and have many devoted supporters, including breeders that have fed them to generations of puppies.

We’ve selected some good quality brands in our Amazon puppy picks above

Another of our favourites is Orijen Large Breed Puppy Formula.

We also like Nature’s Variety Instinct Raw Boost Large Breed Puppy Food.

Orijen and Nature’s Variety (and some of the other more expensive brands), rely on legumes like lentils and chick peas as a source of carbs, rather than grain.

They both have good ratings on Dog Food Advisor, an independent dog food review site where you can find lots more information on the ingredients of different brands of dog food.

Availability of puppy food

The big brands are widely available now in many parts of the world and have a valuable reputation to maintain.

So the chances are, your puppy will be eating a good quality product if you choose one of them.

labrador puppy feeding and puppy food guideOn the packet, your puppy food should give you the manufacturers quantity guidelines for that brand.

Again, this is a rough guide only. And should not be followed slavishly.  Overfed puppies may get diahorrea and /or become obese and /or grow too quickly. I’ll explain below how to figure out if your puppy is getting too fat or too thin.

Following puppy feeding quantity guidelines

Not every puppy in each age group will fall within the weights on the chart above. This does not mean that there is something  wrong with your puppy.

It’s simply that there is a big variation in weight between puppies of the same age, and for that reason, there is also a variation in the quantity of food puppies of the same age and weight might nee.

Use the guidelines on the packet as a guide,  then observe and feel your puppy to check how he is doing.

Where to feed your puppy

If you feed your puppy in a family room when he is small, he will get used to eating with people milling around him.

Food guarding

Some puppies may attempt at some point to guard their food by growling.  This is more likely if he has been used to eating in isolation and is suddenly expected to eat in front of people.

Don’t panic if your  tiny friend starts food guarding, it is an easy thing to sort out, but it does need to be done properly.

Don’t punish him, that will make things worse. You will need to follow the instructions in this link in order to stop your puppy growling over food.

Feeding in his crate

It can be helpful to feed your puppy some of his meals in his crate, especially if he is a bit unsure about whether or not the crate is a good thing.  You can read more about this in my in-depth guide to crate training

Choosing the right food (and water) bowls

There is plenty of choice when it comes to choosing a food bowl for your puppy.  You can if you wish, simply feed your puppy from one of your own plates or bowls.

My own preference is for a simple stainless steel bowl.  They are dishwasher safe, don’t break, and last a lifetime.

The only disadvantage is that they can be a bit noisy when the puppy chases the empty bowl around the kitchen!

And to be fair, there are plenty of much prettier bowls on the market if that is what appeals to you.

I recommend a really heavy ceramic bowl for water, simply because they are so difficult for your puppy to tip up – and he will try!

Keeping your puppy at the right weight

It is important that your does not get too fat,  nor too thin.  But you have some leeway here,  and should increase or decrease his rations accordingly as he grows.

The most common problem is puppies that get too fat.  Labrador puppies should not be rotund!

By three months or so  they should have definite waist just like older dogs.  Check out this page for more information and don’t forget that if you are unsure about your puppy,  your vet is the best person to guide you.

What if your puppy is too thin?

If you are worried about your puppy’s growth rate it is a good idea to take him along to your vet for check up.

Don’t just double his food, it’s possible that a sudden increase in quantity will upset his tummy and make matters worse.

If you can see your puppy’s ribs, or if he weighs a lot less than the weights on the chart above for his age, get your vet to have a look at him.

How often should you feed your Labrador puppy?

Like most baby animals, puppies need feeding more often than adult dogs.  Right now, your puppy’s growth is the fastest it will ever be in his life.  He needs plenty of calories to fuel that growth, as well as the right nutrients.

If you feed his whole day’s ration in one go, his digestive system will be overwhelmed and he’ll end up with diarrhoea.  So you need to make sure that your puppy’s daily ration of food is broken up into several small meals, fed three to four hours apart.

Feeding little and often is a great way of preventing tummy upsets and if your puppy has rather loose stools on three meals a day,  try breaking his ration up into four meals a day for a while.

As a rule of thumb puppies fed on kibble require

  • Four meals a day from eight weeks to three months
  • Three meals a day from three months to six months
  • Two meals a day thereafter

Mealtimes and schedules: or when to feed your puppy

Your puppy’s feeding schedule can fit in with your personal preferences up to a point.  Don’t try and cram all his meals into the evening for example.  If you have to work during the day, you’ll need to make sure someone comes in to feed him.

You can’t just leave a puppy’s food ration for  the day down for him, he’ll eat  it all at once.

Ad libitum puppy feeding

You may have heard of the ad lib feeding system where puppies can help themselves to food at any time from a hopper.

The idea is that the puppy will regulate his own food intake if food is never restricted.  However, studies have shown that puppies fed this way have a higher incidence of bone and joint problems. So it really is not a good idea.

Choosing the right time of day to give your puppy his meals is important, because it is linked to getting your puppy clean and dry at night.  And can influence how long your puppy sleeps for at night.

First meal of the day

It is tempting to fill up that little puppy bowl, as soon as your puppy wakes you in the morning.  But I caution you against doing this.

Puppies love food, and all the attention that goes with being fed.  If you feed your puppy at 6am, because he has woken you and seems hungry, the chances are he’ll wake you at at 5:45 the following day!

Remember, feeding is a powerful reinforcer of behavior. If you don’t want to encourage your puppy to wake you up earlier each morning, don’t feed him as soon as you get up.

Have a set time for breakfast, and don’t feed him before then, even if he has been awake for two hours.  He won’t starve in that short period of time.

Last meal before bed

Try to space your puppies meals out fairly evenly throughout the day. But most importantly, don’t feed your puppy just before you put him to bed for the night.

I like to leave at least a four hour gap between the puppy’s last meal, and his bedtime. This helps to reduce the risk that he will want to use the bathroom at 2 am.

Example puppy feeding schedule

My puppy feeding times for 8 week old puppies tend to be something like this

  • 7am
  • 11am
  • 3pm
  • 7pm

You don’t need to be a slave to the clock, but this is just to give you an idea.

Then at 12 weeks I go to

  • 8am
  • 1pm
  • 6pm

If you want to make an early start with training your puppy, you can use all or part of his daily rations during training sessions.  Again, spread these out throughout the day and don’t feed too close to bedtime

What if my puppy is still hungry?

One of the things people most often ask me, is “what if my puppy still hungry?”   They have followed the guidelines on the packet, and it doesn’t seem to be enough to satisfy the puppy.

Finding the right puppy food for hungry puppies

What if he wolfs down everything he is given and begs for more?

This is perfectly common and normal.

After all, your puppy doesn’t know for sure when his next meal will be along, so it makes sense to him to eat as much as he possibly can right now!

If your puppy seems ravenous, what you can do is to give your puppy his meal on a slow feed bowl or plate.

Our favourite is the Northmate Interactive Feeder.

The large one will hold a full meal of Labrador kibble, enough for an adult.

And your puppy will have a lot of tail-wagging fun getting the pieces of kibble out from in between the ‘blades of grass’.

What if my puppy won’t eat?

Not all puppies are greedy. And studies have shown that puppies in general eat more when they are fed in a group with other puppies

So it’s possible that your puppy may have a somewhat reduced appetite for the first few days that he spends without his brothers and sisters.

If your puppy won’t eat at all for more than four hours, then phone your vet for advice. Phone sooner if the pup is listless or showing any signs of being unwell.

Otherwise, a somewhat reduced appetite to begin with is probably nothing to worry about, just mention it to your vet when you take the pup for his first check up, or in the next day or two.

Should your puppy have milk?

Old habits die hard and a few older breeders still give puppies milk and cereal for two of their four meals.   This is a throwback to the days before kibble was invented.

It is also very natural to want to give milk to a baby animal.  It feels like the right thing to do. But dogs are weaned at a younger age than many other mammals.

At eight weeks old when you bring your puppy home,  he is fully weaned.  He does not need milk of any description.  In fact many older puppies are highly intolerant of milk and will simply get diarrhoea if you feed it to them.

If you are feeding your Labrador puppy on complete kibble, your puppy does not need milk to drink.  Only water.    There would be fewer puppies with upset stomachs if all new puppy owners were advised to resist pouring milk down their little dogs.

Changing from puppy to adult food

Kibble manufacturers often  recommend feeding puppy kibble up to 12 months of age

Most experts consider that puppies have completed their growth when they reach 99% of their adult weight, and age at which this point is reached varies depending on the size of the breed

So while a toy breed dog might stop growing at 9 months, a giant breed dog might need another six months to get to the same place.

Feeding Labrador Puppy on kibbleSome breeders and experienced dog owners  do switch their lab puppies on to adult food before this, but not usually before six months.

When you choose to make the switch is up to you,  but if you are unsure what is best for your dog,  have a chat with your vet.

Switching between dog food brands

If you haven’t brought your puppy home yet,  do make sure to get a diet sheet from the breeder, and to feed him on the same brand as the breeder for at least a week or two.

There will be quite enough for his little tummy to cope with when he leaves home,  without learning to digest a different food.

Adding variety to your puppy’s diet?

Remember, adding your own extras (like cereals or milk) to kibble, might make you feel caring but will only unbalance the whole diet.

Don’t be tempted to fix what isn’t broken.

And no, puppies probably don’t get bored from lack of variety.

If you want to give your puppy on-off treats then check out our extensive dog treats review here to find the right ones.

Good luck with your new puppy!  And don’t forget to contact your vet if you are worried about him in any way.

More puppy feeding and growth resources!

You can find out more about feeding your puppy in our puppy feeding FAQ here.

If you have recently brought home a new puppy then don’t forget to check out First Days at Home with Your New Puppy and our Labrador Puppy Growth FAQ, for lots more tips and information!

feeding a labrador puppyIf you want to find out the best way to feed an adult Labrador, then check out our article on how to feed a Labrador here.

One of the best places to get help and support in feeding your puppy is of course our wonderful forum. It is packed full of puppy advice and information and there are lots of other new puppy owners, and experienced Labrador owners there to advise and support you.

If this is your first puppy, don’t waste any more time – get yourself over to the forum now  – we’d love to meet you.  And don’t forget to bring some photos with you, we love puppy pictures too.

References and further reading

  • James W, 1960. The Development of Social Facilitation of Eating in Puppies. Journal of Genetic Psychology
  • Hawthorne A, et al 2004 . Body-Weight Changes during Growth in Puppies of Different Breeds. Journal of Nutrition
  • Larsen J 2010 Feeding Large Breed Puppies (pdf). Vetlearn.com
  • Dammrich K 1991 Relationship between Nutrition and Bone Growth in Large and Giant Dogs. Journal Of Nutrition

This article has been revised and updated for 2018

 

184 COMMENTS

  1. Hi, I have a Lab, she is 3 1/2 month. She is very thin, please suggest food for her ( Home made) or other commercial food except kibble. because Kibble is not available in our town.

    • The article above is a complete guide Rout. If you cannot get kibble, then raw feeding is a good alternative. If you decide to cook your puppy’s meat, you’ll need to remove the bones before feeding and give her supplements to replace the minerals they contain. Your vet will be able to advise you on local products.

  2. Hello pipa…I have labrador of 5 and half years.we feed her 3 meals a day..In the morning we give 5 biscuits and milk,at afternoon boiled chicken and rice or sometimes egg ,in the eve she is fed with again 5 biscuits and at night we feed her with bread and milk…so I wanna ask if this diet is okay or not?if no then please suggest something…and yes she also underweight.

  3. Hi, I have a 5 month old black lab Leo.
    He is happy, healthy and very well behaved.
    He got toilet trained very easily and now
    calls us if he wants to go. He is fed Hills
    Science Diet kibble and raw carrots apple
    and a bit of banana. I also give him
    raw organ meat and tinned tuna in oil.
    He seems to tolerate his meal well.
    Has a lovely coat and looks handsome.
    He sleeps throughout the day and
    demands playtime in the evening.
    He is crated and has family time for
    certain hours in the day. He seems
    happy and is the most well mannered
    dog in the world. He is being trained
    at home after attending 4 pup class
    sessions. One of the best breeds.

  4. My puppy is 45 days old and he eats pedigree.
    But sometimes he womits all his pedigree.
    I feed him 4 times a day.
    What to do.
    It is very cold this time and he is awake all night and runs here and here. I feel that he will get cold.
    Twice he have eaten his own pee.
    Suggest something.

  5. hi pipa i have a 45 days old lab pup.. he is happy with the kibble am feeding him.. few breeders suggest to give cerelac (the human babys food) what is your opinoin about it?? and also i would like to know about home made dog foods for pupies.

    • Hi Swai, my opinions on puppy feeding are pretty much all in the article above 🙂 Home made diets can work, but I don’t recommend them for puppies unless you are very knowledgeable about nutrition and a growing puppy’s nutritional needs.

  6. I have a 7-week old lab. I got her 4days ago. Upon getting her, the breeder adviced me to feed her with kibble. However, when we got home, she refused to eat kibble. Until now, she still refuses to eat ’em. Im worried because her ribs are already showing up so i gave her human food.
    Any advice on this? As i would prefer her to eat kibbles.

  7. Hi pippa…
    I hav a 3 month old healty lab…
    Eats nicely, sleeps nicely, poops nicely…
    Bt he never barks not even tries…
    N he is ready to go with evry guest that visits us…
    Moreover he is always tempted to food…
    Whenever we r havin our meal he’ll be there sitting trying to eat from the table…
    He has done this many times n it really pisses us off…
    N he does this even whn he’s full…
    Whenever anyone comes out of the kitchen he follows them…
    He licks our hands aftr v eat…
    V hav made sure dat v r feeding him sufficiently bt still his behavior isn’t changing…

  8. My Puppy is 3 month old and he weighs only 7.5-8 kilos. Is it normal? I’m a bit scared but his ribs and all are not seen. He looks Healthy and he is very active. He also doesn’t have face fat.

  9. Hi pippa,
    what can i say?? words fail me at some of these questions… totally agree with alan.!!.. we have a beautiful bouncing brown bundle of joy, our first ever lab, hes in amazing condition, hes 4 months old and is an absolute joy.!!! i had researched every food going before we even bought him home (dry, raw)!!!.. we wanted to give him the best possible start… his coat is beautiful, his poo is wonderful and firm, hes very calm (i put all this down to good quality kibble) his treats come out of his daily food allowance and he loves frozen carrot(under supervision of course)for his tender gums… just ordered the new book today.!! cant wait for it to arrive..

  10. Hi pippa,
    Actually me and my cousin has brought couple of puppies of almost same age and was feeding well as you have mentioned above but the problem is my sis’s lab is evenly growing but my lab is not getting fat in his face. Also my puppy is very healthy and good weight. I know growing odd doesnt effect health but looking odd is what hurting me. And mine is very active than her’s and mine has somewhat thin legs than her’s. What to do for this. If there is any remedy i’m glad to know.

  11. Hi Pippa!
    I have a 14-week old working lab who is quite skinny, we can see the ribs clearly on his sides. He weighs 9 kilos and I give him 80g 3 times a day. He has a very long torso and legs, almost looks like he had a growth spurt and didn’t “fill up” yet… I tried increasing his food, but he gets loose stools when I do. The vet took a stool sample to see if there’s anything wrong eventhough he is wormed regularly. Is it normal for working lab puppies to go through a skinny stage?
    Thank you for your advice as I am pretty worried,
    Virginia

    • It is common for young pups to go through a temporary skinny stage – often around five or six months old. But you do want to get those ribs covered. You may be able to increase his overall food consumption without upsetting his tum if you give him more smaller meals for a while (five or six meals a day for example). I would definitely go back to your vet and tell him your concerns and ask him to confirm that your puppy is healthy, he may have some other suggestions. Good luck with him. 🙂

  12. Hi
    my puppy’s 3and half months old. She is having her meals, stools also properly, my question is I haven’t seen her parents and I doubt on her breed’ s originality. Her hair in ears, stomach and sides are changing into black in colour. But the habits are as same as a labrador. I want to know whether is it any skin disease but my vet says it is not so. Please guide me.

  13. Comment:my 2 months old lab jenny is too thin..her weight is only 2 kg suggest me what to do.. I m feeding her cerelac/curd diluted in water. pls reply me fast

  14. Hi ,
    I have a gorgeous springador pup,18 weeks, 7.5 kg. Mum Springer,Dad working lab.
    Feeding her on kibble 3 times a day, 6am,11am and 4pm.
    Her housebreaking is going well,generally has a poo 3 hours after first 2 meals but then not before bed time!! She wants to go at around 4 in the morning.
    Any advice please..!!!

    • That’s a tough one Helen – you must be tired! There are things you could try – some exercise before bed can sometimes get things moving and help her sleep more deeply. Is she waking you up by barking? If so, you can try waking ‘her’ up before the time she normally wakes you, so she gets used to sleeping until you wake her, then gradually moving the ‘wake up call’ later each night. You could stay up late for a few nights and put her to bed later. Just to break the ‘habit’. Even if nothing else works, you’ll probably find this resolves when she drops down to two meals a day at six months old.

  15. Leo is going to be 4 months old next week. I’ve been feeding him Kibble soaked in hot water, apparently he has stopped eating lately. I’m assuming because of his teething phase (Since they are now coming out) he’s now looking to eat something hard; like kibble that is not soaked. I tried giving him the some, which he did eat but I’m not sure if he’s chewing it or simply swallowing it coz you can’t hear him munch on it (I’m not even sure if a 4 month old pup should be swallowing or should he chew the kibble) I’m also not sure if it’s the right time to start feeding a 4 month old unsoaked kibble. Even if I do, how much and how many times a day?. I’m guessing the water that he drinks is going to bloat up the kibble in his tummy so with that being said, I guess it’s safe to assume that I shall give him the kibble in small quantities!

    Any inputs and or corrections would be highly appreciated.

    • Hi Rohan, it is fine to give your puppy unsoaked kibble – I don’t normally soak kibble for my pups, even when teething, unless their mouths are very sore. Feeding schedules are in the article above, its just the same for unsoaked as it is for soaked. Most pups need three meals a day until 6 months old. 🙂 Hope that helps – Pippa

    • You’ll probably need to increase quantities just a little as there will be some slow growth for the next few months. I’ll add another section to the chart 🙂

  16. I have two Labrador puppies (sisters now 8 months old) I feed them only on fish and vegetables. I used James Wellbeloved kibble three times a day ( total of 360g per day each), then they have two carrots a day, one cold liver oil capsule and two ice cubes of tomato juice. Once a week I exchange a kibble meal for a whole fresh mackerel from the fish counter. What would be your advise on reducing their meals to twice a day?

  17. Hi Pippa!!!!
    I rescued a puppy lab with 5 weeks. I know that she is too young and should stay with her mom but sadly her mom died. I´m given her Milk Replacement for puppies and dry food with water. I would like to consult you some advices about how to grow up a too young puppies. And want do you think about the food.
    I am from Panamá and I went to a vet and he told me that she is OK, but Im not really sure… she es adorable and I want the best for her

  18. Hi Pippa Ma’am,
    I got a lab (male) few days back. My seller saying that the age of pup is around 1 month /5 week but he don’t look like as he is 1 month old. He looks as if he is 20/25 days old..
    I am giving him 1&1/2 or 2 spoons of Royal’s Puppy Lac Gold with water around 25ml 3 times a day; 2 times a day of Royal Canin Starter after soften it with warm water.
    He is peeing good,Poos around 2 times a day, Plays with me but while sleeping he starts to shiver, I didn’t get his this behavior. He has started bitting me. He is sleepless in night.

  19. I have a 13 week old Labrador bitch. She is gorgeous, healthy and growing well. We have been feeding her a good quality puppy kibble in line with the suggested quantities etc. but although supposedly highly digestible, she is unable to go more than three/ four hours before needing to poo… day and night. She is dry at night and has been for a few weeks, but we are having to get up twice a night to let her out, otherwise she has an accident. It does seem excessive to need to go up to eight times in 24 hours and she doesn’t have the runs or any sign of problems. Can you offer me any advice?

  20. Hello Pippa.
    I have been reading this with some distress. The amount of people that are acquiring Labrador puppies at 1 mth and 6 weeks etc, Which is totally wrong, and could cause severe distress, for the puppy. Resulting in behavioural problems, and health problems. And not having any idea what so-ever, how to feed them. Also some people who have had their puppies for over 6 mths and are still asking advice on how and what to feed them. This gives me grave concern for the well being of the dogs health. I have three beautiful young female Labrador’s. 21 mths / 14 mths & 6mths. 2 Fox Red and 1 White / Honey. They are my love & my life. But, I would never have dreamed of acquiring a puppy without firstly investigating all the avenues of care that is needed to maintain good health and well being in your puppy. The documented D-O-B. And how to manage a balanced diet for your puppies health. Please escuse me, but reading some of these posts fill me with extreme dread, over the quality of life these little babies are receiving. If people are only now asking the best way to feed a dog, and what to feed after having him / her for over 6 mths. Then there is something not quite right. I believe that anyone having to ask such questions, needs to be investigated by the RSPCA..Instead of just receiving a generic answer and leaving them to it. These are beautiful, loving, living creatures. And it chills me to my heart to think of what they are being subjected to, by people who have absolutely no clue.

    • The vast majority of the people posting about tiny puppies are not in the UK Alan, so the RSPCA is not going to be of any help. One of the things we are trying to do with this site, is educate people so that they are better equipped to look after their dogs. I don’t think there are any quick answers though, and I agree, it is very saddening to read some of the comments.

  21. hi i have a labra puppy he is only 2 month old .he bites so mwhat you think ? when he will be big? he will be stop biting or not

  22. dear sir/mam
    i have a lab puppy age of 5 months named as lassi he does not eat the food we should serve to his mouth is to difficult to make her eating what to do kindly help us & give some idea

    we are giving drools focus preminium food

  23. Hi,
    I have an almost 6 weeks/45 days old lan pup and have been feeding him baby cerelac as thats what was told. Now he stopped eating that since 2 days and im giving him pedigree professional range starter pup pack. But he didnt ate that too and i had to add little boiled egg and he started eating it happily. He’s 2kg in weight.
    Now his doc says feed him dog food only like the one i have but my friends says i should only give him dog food once a day and for rest meals i should give him yoghurt with bread or cerelac etc. im totally confused as its my first pet and I love him so very much that i dont want to do any mistakes. So please let me know how and what exactly should i feed him at this age and for further weeks?? Also what food brand you would prefer??
    Also his doc has given me 4 syrups – multivitamin, liver tonic, calcium and digestion one – which he hates all and its a whole big task to give him these syrups via dropper – are these syrups ok at this age?? If yes then how to give them to him so that he likes them and not makes it famn difficult for me to give him those.
    Im based in India at the moment.
    Waiting for your reply relentlessly!!

  24. You comment that dog’s probably don’t get bored with kibble. Not true! We feed our 5 month old labrador Royal Canin for Labradors and accept that it provides good nutrition for him. Lately, however, he prefers to eat anything else rather than the kibble, … anything else, apples, carrot (raw), fish, lamb, treats…. He delays eating his kibble until there is no alternative.

  25. I have 3 month old lab, I want to feed him with Indian food like Pulses, Chappatties, Cooked Vegetables, Milk and Meat once or twice in week. Should it will be healthy, as Indian food is rich and have vitamins, protein, carbohydrates, nutrients, etc ? If not suggest me which food should I feed to him?

    • Hi Ashish, I do not recommend that you feed your dog in the way you intend. It is not a suitable diet for a dog and will not keep your puppy healthy. You can buy commercial puppy food in India, that is probably the best way for you to go.

  26. My lab is 2 months old and its not eating properly…even after 5to6hours what should i do ….i give drools n even pedigree…but no use pls help

  27. hi PIPPA
    i bought a 30 days golden pup..the breeder told me to fed him cerelac in curd for 45 days…i fed him as he told me..but the problem is he go for stool after feeding for 2 to 3 times and loose stools…is it the ryt way to fed him…and he is not much active yet…suggest me about this..tnxx

  28. Hi Pippa
    I have a five month old English lab that has had a rough start. He had a progressive aortic right arch. It strangulated his esophagus and created mega esophagus. He is eating a 1/2 cup four times a day in a slow eating bowl but he appears to be very thin. He currently weights 12 pounds which is a great improvment from 2.4 at nine weeks. My question is if I feed him too much in one sitting he throws-up but what can I do to fatten him up.

  29. Hi! I have a 3months old lab and it seemed that she easily gets bored with the food that I give her. When she was 2mos old I give her kibbles since that was what I have read from your articles but I don’t think she liked the brand so I just gave her leftover kitchen food, and she seems to enjoy it. After a week, it seems like she lost her appetite again that’s why I bought kibbles for her (different brand from what I have bought last time). She enjoyed the kibbles and always empties her food bowl. But a week ago, she started again to lose her appetite with kibbles, I don’t know what to feed her anymore. I just told my sister to give her leftovers if we have, and kibbles if we don’t have kitchen leftovers. I think she wants different foods served to her, am I right? Please give me an advice on what I should feed her. Thanks! And, your articles are very helpful! Thanks again! 🙂

  30. My lab is almost 12 weeks old and I have trained him at feed time to sit and wait before I put his food bowl down for him to eat. I was wondering what age is fine to start training him to wait while the bowl is on the floor before I order him to eat. I just want to make sure he isn’t too young. Our other dogs do this and I need him to be able to do the same before I start feeding them together. Thanks

  31. i have 26 days old labrador puppy..he does not take artificial food but when given milk drinks easily..should i give him milk

  32. Hi, I have a 2 month lab at home. Currently we are feeding him 3 times a day puppy food (N&D, as per his body weight) and twice we feed him curd diluted in water, in between his main meals. We do not feed him anything unscheduled. Some times we do give him treats. However I wanted to switch to home meals completely so that we are not dependent on dog food all the time. Our family is a vegetarian, although we do eat eggs. Please suggest something.

  33. Hi everyone i have a cross breed labra like goldador and i love him 5 times more than myself..he is 10 months older and from 7 mnths he doesnt growth too good only his weight is increased but his heifht doesnt increased properly..
    I m very much concernd abt him i feed him 3 times a day frm his born to now..what is the problem is it normal or i should do something else to grow him better..Pippa if u read this then pls help..

  34. Hi Pippa..

    I have a 2 & half months black Lab puppy boy.. He is playful and always want to bite/chew.Plz guide me how to train him or stop this . Secondly advice me some homemade food ideal for Lab puppy.. veg or non-veg ideal for Indian family.
    Thanks for guidance and help…
    Rgds!! Sanjeeb

  35. Hello,
    My 35 days old lab, Oskar has stopped eating his Kibble since yesterday. A local trainer suggested that I give him Baby cereal for the first 45 days. He ate Baby cereal for a day and has stopped eating that too. Drink very little water or not at all. He is my first dog and I’m so worried for him. Please help, how can I make him start eating again?

  36. I have a 10 month old black Labrador. She has been eating blue buffalo Lamb & Oatmeal puppy food (based on high reviews) since she joined our family in May. Although, her stool is soft and runny more times than not. I am now contemplating changing her food to see if it helps! What are your recommendations? What do you feed your large breed puppy?

    • As I have read, Labs normally looses hair at sometimes but it is easily replaced. don’t worry about your Lab. 😉

  37. Sir,
    My puppy is about 3 week.. I feed him starter..directly. Now he is doing poty in liquid form..in every 5-10 main. Suggest me plz. What could I do now.???

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