What comes before a great working dog?

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Great Working Dog

What comes before a great working dog? A great working dog puppy!

To make sure your working dog starts off on the right paw, it’s important to set them up for success by giving them everything they need while they are a growing puppy. This way they can hit the farm running when the time comes.

What comes before a great working dog? A great working dog puppy!

To make sure your working dog starts off on the right paw, it’s important to set them up for success by giving them everything they need while they are a growing puppy. This way they can hit the farm running when the time comes.

Providing the right food is a big part of this. Puppies have very different nutritional needs to adult dogs. Compared to an adult dog, puppies need up to 3 times more energy for growth. Choosing a diet with animal based protein, such as Eukanuba™ Puppy, will help them develop strong, lean muscles. It’s also important to feed them controlled amounts for their breed size. For instance, a  Heading Dog puppy who will grow to a medium sized dog, should be fed a puppy food for dogs with an estimated adult weight of between 11- 24kg. A Huntaway puppy will grow to be larger, so should be feed a diet specifically for large breed dogs. This is because a larger breed like a Huntaway has a longer growth time compared to a medium size Heading Dog. These larger puppies should also stay on a puppy food for a longer time, around 18 months. The Eukanuba™ Puppy Large Breed diet contains tailored levels of energy, calcium and phosphorus to help promote optimal bone development, setting them up to be hard working adult dogs.

By feeding a puppy specific kibble that’s balanced and complete, there is no need to supplement their diet with anything extra like calcium. In fact adding calcium has been proven to cause issues with growing puppies that can cause lasting damage to their bones and joints. Working dog puppies have a lot to learn before heading out on the farm.  After six weeks, your puppy has developed just over 70% of their adult brain. With Eukanuba™ diets use of DHA, an Omega-3 fatty acid derived from fish oil, your working dog puppy will be smarter and more trainable. Now that has to be good thing!

Feeding your working pup well, helps to develop a dog that is far more capable of working longer and more efficiently in their day to day life, as well as potentially having an extended working life. Eukanuba™ Puppy provides everything your working dog puppy needs to grow into the strong, hard working athlete every farm needs.

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Body Condition Scoring

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Body Condition Score

Body Condition Scoring (BCS), is monitoring a dog’s condition in the same way you review your stock.

The most effective way to know how much to feed your working dog is to feed by eye. Just as you appraise your ewes and lambs body condition, so too can you appraise your working dogs’ body condition.

Body Condition Scoring (BCS), is monitoring a dog’s condition in the same way you review your stock.

The most effective way to know how much to feed your working dog is to feed by eye. Just as you appraise your ewes and lambs body condition, so too can you appraise your working dogs’ body condition.

What is body condition scoring?

BCS is a 9 point scoring system of your dog’s weight and body condition: 1 being emaciated and 9 being obese. By using this system you can easily tell if you need to feed your working dog more or less. The ideal working dog will be sitting at a BCS of around 4-5. Keep in mind that there are no half scores using this system.

How to body condition score.

Looking at your working dog from above, you should ideally be able to see their waist but not see any protruding hip bones or spine.

Looking from the side, they should have an abdominal tuck.

Ribs should be easily felt without being obviously visible.

If you can see the dog’s ribs, spine, or hip bones from a distance, you need to increase the amount of kibble you are feeding.

An important thing to remember is how much work your dog will be doing in the near future. If the season is just starting it’s a good idea to have them sitting around a body condition score of 5 so they can afford to lose a little fat as their work rate increases into the season.

Benefits of BCS

  • Easily track how much food your dog needs so that they can stay in top condition.
  • Being a standardised scoring system, it’s easy to communicate to your vet or any other professional when needed.
  • By making sure your working dog maintains an ideal body condition score, you can rest assured that they are ready for working hard on the farm.

For dogs to perform at their best, it’s important to feed them a source of good quality highly digestible protein such as that in Eukanuba™ Premium Performance. This supports strong, healthy lean muscles and tissue repair. Coupled with a good body condition score, farm dogs can be the lean, keen performance machines that every farm needs.

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Tips for helping your dog’s dental health

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Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three.

Brushing our teeth is part of our daily routine and it should also be part of your dog’s. What many dog owners don’t know is that on average, eight in ten dogs end up developing tartar issues by the age of three. Unsurprisingly, this could be because tartar and plaque is hard for pet owners to notice, so many don’t understand the possible damage it can cause. The good news is that it’s never too late to start prioritising your dog’s dental health by introducing preventative measures to their routine.

What is plaque and tartar?

Plaque is caused when salvia, food particles and bacteria bind together in your dog’s mouth. If this plaque is left untreated, it can turn into hard tartar that will start causing decay, gum disease and other nasty dental issues. Tartar that has built-up over time can only be removed by a vet, which is why it’s so important to take your dog’s oral hygiene seriously.

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Cleaning is best

The best way an owner can look after their dog’s teeth is to regularly brush them. If it isn’t already part of your dog’s regular routine, it is worth introducing a weekly brushing to their schedule to ensure their teeth are kept well-polished. You can either use your fingers or a toothbrush that is made especially for dogs, to do this. It is also very important to never use human toothpaste as it is toxic to dogs. Giving your dog’s teeth a good go-over at least twice a week can make a world of difference and it’s always good to make sure their gums also get some attention too as this is where plaque generally builds.

Diet that focuses on dental

Along with a balanced brushing routine, the other great way to make sure your dog’s dental health is well looked after is to feed them a diet that targets dental hygiene. Our newly improved Eukanuba™ recipe takes this into account with a new milling process that gives our S-shaped kibble a smoother, more premium finish. Our S-shaped kibble works as its own brushing technique while your dog chews to scrape away any plaque stuck on your their teeth. Eukanuba™ knows a dog’s dental health can impact their overall wellbeing and that’s why all our adult dry food diets contain our unique 3D DentaDefense. The 3D DentaDefense contains specialised minerals that work to stop tartar build up and help prevent plaque formation during and in between meals.

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Chat with your vet

If you’re finding it difficult to get your dog’s dental health under control or are at all concerned they may be having an issue with plaque or tartar build-up, it’s always a good idea to head to your vet for advice or you can give our pet nutrition advice team a call on 1300 657 021.

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How to manage fussy dogs at mealtime

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Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals.

Most dogs have a very hearty appetite and aren’t usually known for shying away from food. However, in some cases you may find your dog has suddenly become disinterested in their usual food or has started picking at their meals. Some dogs are simply born fussy eaters, but other times you may notice your once greedy dog has all of a sudden decided they’ve had enough of what you’re feeding them. Typically, this behaviour is nothing to stress over but it is good to familiarise yourself with some tips to try to snap them out of their picky eating habits.

Why are they suddenly off their food?

Palatability is one of the deciding factors in whether or not your dog will eat the food you provide. Smell, texture and taste can all influence your dog’s palate. When looking for the right food for your pet, it is important that they enjoy the product, but it is even more important that they are getting the best possible nutrition from a complete and balanced diet. We’ve reformulated our recipe to make sure more dogs enjoy the taste of our dry food by using high quality ingredients and a precise manufacturing process. We’ve also made improvements to the overall appearance of our kibble by using a new milling process that now gives our kibble a much smoother, premium finish.

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Some dogs are fussier than others

If you have a dog that seems a bit precious about what they eat, it may be to do with their breed. While Labradors are one of the few breeds that have a reputation for eating anything they can fit in their mouths, some smaller breeds have a much more refined palette. Generally, a dry food that many dogs are happy to eat won’t entice other dogs. To give these fussy eaters the nutrition they need, a mix of textures and aromas may help.

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Try a mixed feeding approach

Wet and dry food both have their benefits. If your fussy dog is fed an exclusively dry diet, you may want to give mixed feeding a go. Some new aromas and a variety of textures can be just what it takes to kick-start their appetite, so switching between wet and dry can be something to try. Wet food gives off an increased aroma, so this can help lure pickier dogs to their food bowls. On top of that, if you’re at all concerned about their water intake, wet food can also give your dog an added hydration boost thanks to its higher moisture levels.

When to take it seriously

If you’ve always known your dog to be fussy, it may not be cause for concern. On the other hand, if your once greedy dog has suddenly stopped eating and can’t be tempted by any type of food, it’s best to head straight to the vet to rule out anything serious. Remember that while dogs can be fussy, they will very rarely choose to go hungry. Some more serious health issues can first show up as a loss of appetite or weight loss, so while it may just be your dog being picky, it’s best to be on the safe side.

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How omega oils help improve a dog's coat

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We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat.

We all know you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but that’s not always the case when it comes to the health and appearance of your pet’s coat. If you’re finding the quality of your dog’s coat is looking a little worse for wear, it could be an indication of their overall health and might be time to look a little closer into their diet.

They are what they eat

Generally, a poor-quality coat and dry, flaky skin could mean a lack of the right kind of nutrition. Fats play an essential role in a dog’s diet, to not only support their overall coat and skin health, but to also keep them healthy on the inside. Oils that are rich in essential fatty acids help give your dog’s coat a glossy finish, whereas a healthy intake of amino acids, vitamins and minerals help to nourish their skin. It’s important to know that these fatty acids work together in your dog’s diet to help control inflammation and the combined intake of these nutrients help create a healthier regeneration of skin and hair cells. While it’s true a lack of these fatty acids can affect the overall quality of your dog’s coat, there are super-premium dog foods that can help get these into your dog’s diet.

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The benefits of omega 3 and 6

Omega 6 fatty acids work to replace the oils in your dog’s skin for a glossy sheen to their fur. Therefore, a lack of omega 6 in their diet could be the reason you may be noticing dullness in your dog’s coat. Omega 3 also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness and flaking of skin issues. This means that to get the shiniest results in your dog’s coat, you’ll want to choose a diet that includes the right amounts of omega 6 and omega 3, to help promote a lush coat and support your dog’s overall skin health.

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How Eukanuba™ can help

If you want your dog’s skin and coat to shine, it's good to remember that the quality of their coat starts from the inside out. The right diet will not only keep your dog feeling great, it can help balance their natural oil levels to keep their fur looking its best. Eukanuba™ knows a healthy coat is a sign of a healthy dog, which is why our range is made using high quality animal protein that is packed with these essential fatty acids. If you’re ever unsure about what food is best for your dog, always consult your vet or you can chat with our pet nutrition advice team on 1300 657 021.

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Why should I feed my dog Premium Performance?

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Working Dog

As most farmers know, a good working dog is worth their weight in gold. Whether they are driving sheep or herding cattle, they are hardworking athletes who keep a farm going. It’s not uncommon for them to travel 100km of hill country in a day. To keep these dogs in optimal condition it’s important they are provided with an appropriate diet.

As most farmers know, a good working dog is worth their weight in gold. Whether they are driving sheep or herding cattle, they are hardworking athletes who keep a farm going. It’s not uncommon for them to travel 100km of hill country in a day. To keep these dogs in optimal condition it’s important they are provided with an appropriate diet.

To keep up with the sometimes extreme weather conditions and steep terrain of NZ, ideally they need a high energy but low volume diet. Feeding high volume meals has been shown to be a risk factor for GDV (a twisted stomach). The risk can be lowered by feeding smaller volumes of a higher energy diet.

Traditionally farm dogs have lived on a diet of home-kill meat and bones, with perhaps a few biscuits thrown into the mix. Unfortunately for some, this high bone diet has led to an expensive vet visit which isn’t ideal for the dog, farmer or the vet (who gets the often messy job of sorting it out). Dogs in work need high levels of easily digestible animal protein for strong, healthy, lean muscles and tissue repair. It can be taxing jumping fences and covering all of those miles on the farm! By feeding a good source of high quality protein to maintain muscle mass, injury rates are likely to be lower, ensuring your working dog enjoys an active lifestyle for as long as possible.

Eukanuba™ Premium Performance offers everything a working dog needs for both short bursts of energy, as well as those times where sustained energy is needed throughout the day so they can keep on working. It also helps to maintain strong and healthy teeth.

Certain fibres have been shown to help improve stool quality and promote nutrient adsorption, so working dogs can get the most out of their food. Smaller firmer stools make for a much easier clean up as well. Eukanuba™ Premium Performance utilises beet pulp for this.

With all the hard work of farm life,joints of highly active dogs can experience some wear and tear. By including natural sources of glucosamine and chondroitin, Eukanuba™ Premium Performance offers those well used joints the support they need for intense work days.

By feeding these invaluable workers a premium diet like Eukanuba™ Premium Performance, you can rest assured that your canine team are getting everything they need in their food, in order to be the best they can be out on the farm.

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Pet Insurance

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Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for both you and your pup, however it’s also a time to be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes things happen that you just aren’t expecting. Maybe your new pup decided the rubber ducky in the bath tub would make a delicious snack or you’re playing at the park and your pup trips, hurting their leg. The list of situations is endless with these young adventurers.

 

Getting a new puppy is an exciting time for both you and your pup, however it’s also a time to be prepared for the unexpected. Sometimes things happen that you just aren’t expecting. Maybe your new pup decided the rubber ducky in the bath tub would make a delicious snack or you’re playing at the park and your pup trips, hurting their leg. The list of situations is endless with these young adventurers.

It’s all fun and games until someone ends up at the vet! Insuring your pet ensures that there’s no need to panic about the cost of a trip to the vet.

Pet insurance is not just for accidents though. There are various plans available which include cover for illness and some even cover annual fees for checkups and vaccinations. It’s all about deciding which plan works for you.

As the number of pets being insured increases every year, better and better options are becoming available for owner convenience. There are many different types of cover and some offer discounts for multiple pets.

The best time to insure is while your pet is young and healthy. Most companies won’t cover a preexisting issue so it’s important to have insurance before something happens. Other things that will be taken into consideration is the breed and age of your dog. These things can contribute to the cost and the type of plan you may be eligible for.

As much as it pains us pet owners to think about, sometimes our financial situation can be the deciding factor between lifesaving surgery at the specialist and having to say good bye to our furry friend. Unfortunately there is no public health care for pets. Having pet insurance can take away some of that stress by giving you the peace of mind to know if it came to it, you have it covered.

Why not take the time to explore options for your pet’s insurance and see if it’s right for you.

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Performing a puppy health check at home

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Routinely performing a health check on your puppy is a great way to get them used to being handled. This will prove to be invaluable for trips to the vet and groomer.

Routinely performing a health check on your puppy is a great way to get them used to being handled. This will prove to be invaluable for trips to the vet and groomer.

Always start slowly when performing a health check on your puppy. It helps if you initially try this when they are well exercised and tired, therefore less fidgety when you begin. Like all things puppy, little and often is the key. Reward your puppy with treats as you go to ensure it’s a positive experience for your pup.

Start by stroking your puppy all over from his nose right down to their tail, including down each leg. Make it a positive experience, a puppy massage! Include a belly rub while checking for any redness or marks on their skin. It’s important to feel between your puppy’s toes. Getting your puppy used to this will make nail clipping an easier experience for both you and your puppy. Ensure you check there are no grass seeds or debris caught between your puppy’s toes and no broken nails that could cause discomfort. It’s also important to check if your puppy has dew claws. These may need extra clipping as they won’t wear down on their own. Some breeders remove dew claws, so don’t be alarmed if your puppy doesn’t have them. Although most puppies have them only on their front legs, some pups are born with rear dew claws as well so it pays to check all legs.

Observe your puppy’s face. Is everything symmetrical? Check your puppy’s eyes to make sure they are bright and clear. Look for any irregular discharge or redness. If you see something that doesn’t seem right, contact your veterinarian for advice. Check that your puppy’s nose is moist. Lift your puppy’s lip up and check their gums. It’s important to know what your puppy’s gums usually look like so if you note any changes you can seek advice immediately. While checking gums, have a look at their teeth. Does everything look as it should? What does your pups tongue look like? Getting your puppy used to having their mouth looked at will make it much easier when it comes time for a vet check as well.

Check each ear. Look into your pup’s ear and check for any redness or smell. A strong smell can be an indication of an infection. By regularly playing and checking your puppy’s ears it will be easier to gauge their reaction when something is wrong or when they are sore.

Make a note or take a photo of any changes you find on your puppy’s physical condition so you can communicate these to your vet. If there is anything that concerns you, ring your vet clinic for advice.

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Getting ready for a puppy

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Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility.

Bringing a puppy home for the first time can be very exciting, but it also brings a lot of responsibility. By doing some basic pre-puppy planning you will not only help minimise stress in your household, but also help make sure your home has everything in place to meet your new puppy's needs.

Making your home puppy-safe

There are lots of puppy supplies you’ll need to start collecting to make sure your puppy is comfortable and happy in their new home. However, before you think about anything new, you should first have a look at your home to make sure it is a safe environment for a puppy to run around in. Start by making sure all chemicals and detergents are stored away, electrical cords are covered and breakable items are out of reach. If you have a pool, you should also make sure this area is completely covered and fenced off. Be sure you also stock up on cleaning supplies, especially when your puppy has yet to be toilet trained, and purchase stain remover, paper towels and deodorising sprays to clean up any mess.

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Getting your puppy home

After you are sure that your home environment is safe for a puppy, the next step is figuring out how to get your puppy home. If you are driving them in a car, consider buying a travel crate or harness suitable for your puppy’s age and size. This will provide a secure environment to travel in, now and in the future. Before setting off, spend some time with your puppy in the car to allow them to become accustomed to their new surroundings and use praise and rewards for calm behaviour. Take a towel when you collect your puppy. Rub it on mum and litter mates so you can bring some of their scent home on the towel to help familiarise your puppy with their new environment. Your puppy’s first journey home with you is likely to be a stressful time for them as they are leaving their mother and littermates and may never have been in a car before. Take some paper towels and a plasticm bag too – just in case your puppy gets car-sick.

Where will your puppy sleep?

Before your puppy arrives, you should decide where your puppy’s designated area will be in the home and where they’ll be sleeping at night. Using a puppy pen is a good way to manage their behaviour at bedtime and also helps keep them confined safely when they can’t be supervised. Ensure your play pen is big enough for your puppy to stand up and walk around and has plenty of fresh water and warm bedding.

What else will your puppy need

It’s important to organise a collar and ID tag for your puppy so they can be returned if they ever get lost. Your puppy can quickly outgrow their collar, so keep in mind that they may need another when they start getting bigger. They will also need to be microchipped and registered with your local council. It is no secret that puppies love to chew, so having a few chew toys at your disposal can help prevent your puppy chewing on furniture and your belongings. Make sure these toys are not too hard on your puppy’s teeth. You should also avoid giving your puppy toys that can break and may potentially choke on. You may also need to invest in some grooming tools such as combs and dog friendly shampoos depending on the length of their coat. Long-haired breeds should be groomed regularly in adulthood so it is best your puppy gets used to this process early so it doesn’t become a stressful experience for them later on.

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The health of your puppy

Before your puppy steps in the door, it’s a good idea to start researching the best vets in your local area and also start looking into puppy training schools, groomers and boarding kennels if need be. Once you have found your vet of choice, you should have a chat to them about some of the appointments you’ll need to make. Besides a check-up, your puppy will also need to be taken to the vet for worming, vaccinations, microchipping and potentially neutering. It’s also important to remember that new puppies should be kept away from other dogs until they’ve had all their vaccinations to avoid them getting an infection.

Feeding your puppy

When it comes to feeding your puppy, it is worth doing some research on what nutritional support your puppy will need from their diet. Making sure your puppy is getting the best nutrition from a complete and balanced diet will mean they are getting the support they need while they grow. A high-quality diet, specially formulated for puppies is the best option for your new dog. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA to help your puppy achieve their mental and physical best. Food can also help you to train your puppy. Treats are an excellent way to encourage your puppy to behave the way you want them to, especially when they are learning the fundamentals of obedience. Many dogs are motivated by food, so using treats as a reward when they are learning to sit or go to the toilet can reinforce good behaviour. Treats will need to be factored into your puppy’s daily food intake so your puppy does not put on excess weight.

Routine is best

Putting in place a set of rules and routine for your puppy as soon as they arrive is a good idea, especially if you are living in a multi-pet household. When your puppy arrives, they will most likely test boundaries by experimenting with various behaviours (good and bad) to figure out what they can get away with. It’s important these rules and routines continue to be enforced to help keep your puppy’s training consistent. Do not get angry in front of your puppy. Positive rewards and encouraging good behaviour, rather than punishment, will help you foster a strong bond, mutual respect and a rewarding relationship with your puppy.

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What is the best food for my puppy?

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The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. 

The first year of a puppy’s life is essential for their growth and development. A big factor in helping support your puppy during these early years is making sure they are being fed a high-quality diet. The best diet for a puppy will be able to provide them with all the energy they need and will also help support the growth of healthy bones and joints.

What should you feed your puppy?

When it comes to deciding what to feed your puppy, you should ideally choose a high-quality diet formulated for their specific needs - which are different to those of an adult dog. It’s especially important that your puppy is getting the best nutrition in their younger years to pave their way into adulthood, so a complete and balanced diet is key. Ideally, their diet will have high-quality animal based proteins, fats, carbohydrates and dietary fibres as well as important vitamins and minerals necessary to help them achieve their mental and physical best. The best puppy food contains good protein levels to help build and maintain your puppy’s muscle mass. For larger breeds, the best puppy diets are also customised to support a longer growth phase, healthy joints and strong bones. The Eukanuba Puppy range is specially made with high quality animal proteins and enhanced levels of DHA, necessary for the healthy growth of developing puppies so that they can reach their full potential.

How much should your puppy eat?

Puppies have high energy requirements while they are growing, which means they need to eat a lot. However, this doesn’t mean they should eat too much. Ideally, a growing puppy should have their recommended daily intake of food divided into smaller meals throughout the day - the standard recommendation is three. Puppies respond best to routine, so these meals should be served at the same times and place each day. Different size dogs will reach adulthood at different stages of their life and so their diet will need to be tailored accordingly. A gradual transition from a puppy diet tailored for growth to an adult diet tailored for maintenance will allow your puppy to become accustomed to their new diet and minimise any digestive upsets.

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Things you should keep in mind

When it comes to feeding your puppy, you should keep in mind the size they will grow to. Different size dogs will have different nutritional needs and so their diets should be tailored accordingly. Small breed puppies will require higher amounts of energy from fats and protein in a diet to match their higher metabolic rate. Large breed puppies need controlled levels of calcium and phosphorus for strong bone development over their longer growth period. Kibble size also plays an important role in how palatable a diet is. A smaller breed puppy will need a kibble they can easily chew and enjoy. These varying needs is why the Eukanuba™ Puppy range makes a number of different puppy diets for different sized dogs, making sure your new puppy gets everything they need to help them grow into a healthy adult dog. All Eukanuba™ puppy diets are complete and balanced and work best as a sole diet or as a combination of our Eukanuba™ Puppy dry and canned products.

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