One thing we get asked a lot is,
“How much food should I feed my puppy?”
I start this answer by telling you how we feed our puppies. We try to make sure the puppies always have access to food. This way they do not become hungry, therefore they do not develop food aggression. If your puppy is the only dog in the house, we recommend that you continue feeding this way. If you have other dogs in the house, this is a big No-No. Puppies do not know their boundaries and try to eat the other dog’s food. Some dogs are fine with that, others will definitely let the puppy know that they are not pleased about it. Usually by growling and many times by biting. This is also true for treats and bones. Make sure that the older dog and the puppy are separated when giving bones until the dogs are completely used to each other. That could be 6 months to a year, it all depends on the personality of the dogs.
So how much should you feed your puppy? You can start by looking at the recommended daily amount that is printed on the bag of dog food. Whatever that amount is, divide by the number of times you feed your puppy during the day. If you can feed him 3 times a day, that would be great. If you are only able to feed him twice a day, that is fine also. Remember that treats count in their daily amount too. So make sure that you are not giving too many treats during the day. For a dachshund, that could add up quickly. If you have children in the house, make sure that they are aware of this. Kids are great at feeding dogs treats, they just do not know when to stop. Or if you have a big family and 5 people are giving the dog just a few treats a day, you do the math!
As a general rule, to test if a dog is the right weight, feel his ribs. You should be able to feel them, but not see them. If you can see his ribs, he is not getting enough food. If you can not feel his ribs, he is getting too much food. You should also consider the activity level of your dog. If you have a very active dog, they will require more food. Couch potatoes will not need as much food.
We feed our dogs Science Diet. It has an easily digested form of protein, wholesome ingredients, and good minors. The puppy food has extra protein for their growing bodies. We always send our puppies home with some Science Diet. If you want to continue with the same food, that is great. If you would like to switch, that is fine too. Just mix the food we send with the new food for several days to ease the transition.
The type of food you feed your dachshund is very important. High quality food will help your dog stay healthy and mobile. We always recommend feeding a dry kibble as it is better for their teeth. The crunching will help to keep plaque build up down. If you do feed a soft or wet food, you should brush your dogs teeth every day. Keeping your dog healthy will allow your dachshund to be part of your life for a very long time.