Puppy Care

We’ve put together some useful information and advice to explain some of the stages your puppy will go through and the importance of a good quality natural diet.

We believe that dogs deserve to be fed a wholesome, natural diet free from additives and unnecessary ingredients. A good quality natural diet is particularly important during the early growth stages of a puppy in order to enhance the puppy’s health, performance and longevity and reduce the risk of infections and allergy related diseases as they grow and develop.


Puppies grow and develop very rapidly and therefore require more nutrients than an adult dog.

Food for growing puppies should be specific for this purpose. It is important to feed a complete nutritionally balanced high quality, high energy puppy food that provides all the nutrients, vitamins and minerals they require for the best start in life. Well-nourished puppies will grow at a healthier rate and may have a greater resistance to disease.

Naturediet Puppy-Junior foods are high quality, high calorie and packed with protein to provide a complete, nutritionally balanced food from weaning to 12 months of age. It is not necessary to add vitamin or mineral supplements if feeding our food.

It’s important to monitor the growth rate of your puppy and ensure that they are not growing too rapidly or becoming overweight. Overfeeding in large breed dogs can result in a rapid growth rate which may predispose to skeletal problems and in smaller dogs overfeeding may lead to obesity. Feeding a diet that is easily digested will benefit your growing puppy as they’ll be able to absorb all the nutrients from a high-quality food more effectively. If a puppy is fed a poorly digestible low-quality food then they’re likely to need to eat larger quantities of it which can result in future health issues.

Puppies of different breeds will grow and develop at different rates. Larger breeds of dogs take longer to become fully grown than smaller breeds. If you are not sure your puppy is growing at the correct rate contact your veterinary surgeon for advice.

Feeding Amounts

Young puppies only have small stomachs so they need several small meals a day, however as they grow their stomach enlarges so they can then consume and digest larger quantities of food.

  • At 8 weeks old you’ll probably be feeding your puppy 4 meals a day.
  • This can be decreased to 3 meals per day when they’re around 4 months old.
  • Decreasing to 2 meals per day when they are around 6 months old.
  • When your puppy reaches approximately 8 months of age, introduce them to one of our adult ranges. Giant breeds take longer to mature and would need to be fed puppy food for longer.
Feeding Guides for Puppies

To help support you we’ve developed a puppy feeding guide for our foods, however it’s safe to adjust the amount of food accordingly depending on activity levels and metabolic rate.

Feeding guides for puppies are also detailed in the FAQ section below.

If you are unsure about how many meals you need to feed your puppy each day then either ask your breeder or vet for advice.

Please note that Naturediet Senior-Lite is not suitable to be fed to puppies and growing dogs.

Always make sure that clean fresh water is constantly available for your puppy.

​Neonatal Period

Puppies are reliant on their mother during their first few weeks of life. After giving birth the mother will lick her puppies and they will crawl towards her nearest nipple. It is very important they suckle as this first milk or colostrum contains essential nutrients and antibodies therefore transferring immunity from the mother to the puppies.

If the puppy doesn’t find the nipple you can carefully place them onto the nipple and observe that they suckle. Puppies are born with their eyes and ears closed and do not begin to open them until they are around 10 days old. Therefore they are unable to see or hear but respond to touch and smell. They will cry out to their mother if they are hungry or cold.

During these first few days and weeks of life it is important to check the growth of the puppies by weighing them regularly to ensure they are growing at the correct rate. If a puppy is weak and unable to suckle or not gaining sufficient weight you will need to contact your veterinary surgeon.

By careful observation and monitoring of the mother and puppies you will be able to ensure that the mother is producing enough milk to satisfy the appetites of the puppies. If a bitch encounters problems during lactation or has a very large litter then you would need to contact your veterinary surgeon for advice.

Puppies are unable to regulate their body temperature during the first 3 weeks of life and will lie close to their mother and littermates for warmth. It is important the puppies are in a warm area and away from any draughts so that they can keep warm. They are also unable to defecate or urinate without stimulation from the mother who will vigorously lick the puppy’s perineal area until urine and faeces are passed.

Lactation is a very demanding time for the mother and she will require extra nutrients so that she can produce enough milk for her growing puppies. It is advisable to feed her a good quality high energy, easily digested food during this time. Naturediet Puppy-Junior can be fed to lactating bitches as it is high in protein and calories. The added egg is a particularly beneficial as an additional protein source, and the diet has the appropriate quantities of protein, essential fatty acids and minerals that help to optimise milk production.

​Weaning Puppies

During the first 2 weeks of life the puppies will spend their time sleeping and feeding. Around 10 – 14 days of age their eyes and ears begin to open, although full vision and hearing takes time to develop. Until the puppies are around 3 weeks in age they will be receiving all their nutrition from their mother. Once they start to eat solid food the mother will spend more time away from her puppies and the puppies will obtain more nutrition from the solid food.

Food can be introduced to puppies between 3-4 weeks of age as they begin to lap at this age. A high quality puppy food, such as ours, can be mixed with either water or a canine milk replacement to make a porridge type consistency. Please note that cow’s milk has a higher lactose content than canine milk and may cause diarrhoea so shouldn’t be used to mix with the puppy food.

Our Puppy-Junior foods can be fed to puppies at this age to provide them with a high protein, tasty and easily digested meal. Puppies have small stomachs so are unable to eat large quantities of food so frequent small meals are necessary.

Puppies are born without teeth. They have two sets of teeth just like humans and the deciduous (or milk teeth) will erupt between three to six weeks of age. Their permanent teeth will develop later when the milk teeth start to fall out at around 3 months of age. Their food can therefore become gradually less mushy and more solid in consistency as they get older and they are able to chew more.

Weaning and separation from the mother and littermates usually occurs at around 7-8 weeks. If the mother has encountered problems during lactation weaning might have to occur earlier. The puppy should be fed several small meals daily as he/she cannot ingest large quantities of food at one meal. They require high levels of nutrients and at the time of weaning must be able to eat enough food to meet their nutritional requirements. It is important that the mother and puppies are wormed regularly to prevent a large worm burden developing. Your veterinary surgeon can advise a suitable worming protocol.

​Going to a New Home

Welcoming a puppy into its new home is a very exciting time. However, your puppy will feel very unsettled at first so take time with your puppy to help ease him/her through this period.

It’s natural for this to be a stressful time for a new puppy as not only have they been separated from their mother and littermates, but they’ve been transported for the first time to a new environment. It is important that this transition is as stress free as possible and that you give your puppy time to adapt to his/her new home.

At the age your puppy comes home for the first time they are likely to be eating 4 meals per day. To help his transition to his new home you can feed him the same food your breeder was feeding him however, once he has settled in you can gradually change him onto the food you would like to feed him.

Make sure you have time to spend with your puppy during their first few days to relieve the stress of the move. They will be very inquisitive and will want to explore their new surroundings. As they will no longer have their littermates to play with, you will need to spend time playing with them to provide them with stimulation and develop your bond.

It’s recommended that their new bed is placed in a quiet area of the house so they can retreat to this safe place when they need some peace, calm and rest. Be prepared for them whining during the first few nights in their new home as they’ll be getting accustomed to their new surroundings and routine. If you have children ensure they respect your puppy’s space and not disturb them when they are resting or sleeping.

From 3 weeks of age the puppies are able to walk and play more with their littermates and they will learn valuable lessons from their mother and siblings. When they’re introduced to a new environment away from their mother and siblings, it is important that they continue to be handled and are gradually introduced to everyday sounds such as washing machines, vacuum cleaners and TVs etc so they are aware of their surroundings and not frightened by them. However, make sure the puppy isn’t getting stressed or anxious by too much handling or external stimulation.

Dogs need to be accustomed to being left on their own. Therefore, as a puppy leave him/her for short periods so they learn to cope with solitude otherwise a puppy that is never left may develop problems when you do need to leave them.

​Toilet Training

Your puppy will need to be toilet trained and there will inevitably be accidents in the house until he is fully toilet trained. There are puppy toilet training mats available for this purpose however, newspaper may also be used. It is important not to become angry with your puppy if they have an accident in the house. They will learn eventually, just like us humans do!


You’ll need to take your puppy to a veterinary surgeon for a full examination and vaccination shortly after bringing them home. The immunity their mother passed to them will start to wane as the puppy ages and they are therefore vulnerable to infection. Your veterinary surgeon will advise on a vaccination schedule which usually consists of two vaccinations and also on a regular worming regime. Full immunity to the vaccinations doesn’t occur until after the last vaccination.

​Puppy Classes & Socialisation

It is essential that you socialise your puppy from an early age (usually once fully vaccinated) to help prevent future behavioural problems.

Check out local puppy training classes in your area so that your puppy can mix with as many other puppies as possible and learns basic commands.

Start to introduce them to social situations but be aware of signs they’re getting stressed.

Start a regular grooming routine so they become accustomed to being groomed.


It is advisable your puppy becomes used to travelling in the car. Start with short journeys and if your puppy is travel sick ask your vet for advice.

Keep them safe in the car in a suitable dog crate or behind a dog guard. Another person in the car may be helpful for reassurance.

Feeding Guides: How much do I need to feed my puppy?

Puppy Feeding Guide: Naturediet Puppy-Junior Wet Food Meals

Follow the below daily guidelines if feeding our Puppy-Junior Wet Food meals to your puppy. These guidelines have been designed to provide your growing puppy with the correct amount of nutrition for healthy growth and development.

Breed Size of
Weight of Puppy
Wet Food Meals
2-6 months
(grams per day)
Wet Food Meals
6-9 months
(grams per day)
Wet Food Meals
9-12 months
(grams per day)

Puppy Feeding Guide: Naturediet Puppy-Junior Dry Food Meals

Follow the below daily guidelines if feeding our Puppy-Junior Dry Food meals to your puppy. These guidelines have been designed to provide your growing puppy with the correct amount of nutrition for healthy growth and development.

Breed Size of
Weight of Puppy
Dry Food Meals
2-6 months
(grams per day)
Dry Food Meals
6-9 months
(grams per day)
Dry Food Meals
9-12 months
(grams per day)


Puppy Feeding Guide: Naturediet Puppy-Junior Wet & Dry Food Combined Feeding

Follow the below daily guidelines if feeding a combination of our Puppy-Junior Wet Food and Dry food meals. These guidelines have been designed to provide your growing puppy with the correct amount of nutrition for healthy growth and development. Measure the amount of wet and dry as detailed below for a healthy balanced daily diet.

Breed Size of
Weight of Puppy
Wet & Dry Food Combined
2-6 months
(grams per day)
Wet & Dry Food Combined
6-9 months
(grams per day)
Wet & Dry Food Combined
9-12 months
(grams per day)
Toy164 Wet + 30 Dry57 Wet + 30 Dry53 Wet + 30 Dry

2108 Wet + 35 Dry
96 Wet + 35 Dry
90 Wet + 33 Dry
3147 Wet + 40 Dry
130 Wet + 40 Dry
121 Wet + 35 Dry
4182 Wet + 45 Dry
161 Wet + 45 Dry
150 Wet + 38 Dry
5215 Wet + 70 Dry
190 Wet + 75 Dry
178 Wet + 65 Dry
Small6246 Wet + 75 Dry
218 Wet + 78 Dry
204 Wet + 68 Dry
7277 Wet + 80 Dry
245 Wet + 80 Dry
229 Wet + 70 Dry
8306 Wet + 85 Dry
271 Wet + 80 Dry
253 Wet + 70 Dry
9334 Wet + 88 Dry
296 Wet + 85 Dry
276 Wet + 73 Dry
10361 Wet + 90 Dry
320 Wet + 90 Dry
299 Wet + 80 Dry
11388 Wet + 105 Dry
344 Wet + 125 Dry
321 Wet + 110 Dry
12414 Wet + 105 Dry
367 Wet + 125 Dry
343 Wet + 110 Dry
13440 Wet + 108 Dry
390 Wet + 125 Dry
364 Wet + 113 Dry
14465 Wet + 108 Dry
412 Wet + 125 Dry
385 Wet + 113 Dry
15490 Wet + 110 Dry
434 Wet + 125 Dry405 Wet + 115 Dry
Medium16514 Wet + 110 Dry
455 Wet + 125 Dry425 Wet + 115 Dry
17538 Wet + 113 Dry
476 Wet + 125 Dry445 Wet + 118 Dry
18561 Wet + 113 Dry
497 Wet + 125 Dry
464 Wet + 118 Dry
19585 Wet + 115 Dry
518 Wet + 125 Dry
484 Wet + 120 Dry
20608 Wet + 115 Dry
538 Wet + 125 Dry
503 Wet + 120 Dry
21630 Wet + 118 Dry
558 Wet + 125 Dry
521 Wet + 120 Dry
22653 Wet + 118 Dry
578 Wet + 125 Dry
540 Wet + 123 Dry
23675 Wet + 120 Dry
598 Wet + 125 Dry
558 Wet + 123 Dry
24697 Wet + 123 Dry617 Wet + 125 Dry
576 Wet + 125 Dry
25718 Wet + 125 Dry
636 Wet + 125 Dry
594 Wet + 125 Dry
26740 Wet + 180 Dry
655 Wet + 200 Dry
612 Wet + 195 Dry
Large27761 Wet + 180 Dry
674 Wet + 200 Dry
629 Wet + 195 Dry
28782 Wet + 183 Dry
693 Wet + 200 Dry
647 Wet + 195 Dry
29803 Wet + 183 Dry
711 Wet + 200 Dry
664 Wet + 195 Dry
30823 Wet + 185 Dry
729 Wet + 203 Dry
681 Wet + 195 Dry
31844 Wet + 185 Dry
748 Wet + 203 Dry698 Wet + 195 Dry
32864 Wet + 188 Dry
766 Wet + 203 Dry715 Wet + 198 Dry
33884 Wet + 188 Dry
783 Wet + 203 Dry
731 Wet + 198 Dry
34904 Wet + 188 Dry
801 Wet + 205 Dry
748 Wet + 198 Dry
35924 Wet + 190 Dry
819 Wet + 205 Dry764 Wet + 198 Dry
36944 Wet + 190 Dry
836 Wet + 205 Dry781 Wet + 198 Dry
37964 Wet + 193 Dry
854 Wet + 205 Dry
797 Wet + 198 Dry

38983 Wet + 193 Dry
871 Wet + 208 Dry813 Wet + 198 Dry
391002 Wet + 193 Dry
888 Wet + 208 Dry829 Wet + 200 Dry
Giant401022 Wet + 195 Dry
905 Wet + 208 Dry845 Wet + 200 Dry
411041 Wet + 195 Dry
922 Wet + 208 Dry
861 Wet + 200 Dry
421060 Wet + 198 Dry
939 Wet + 210 Dry
876 Wet + 200 Dry
431079 Wet + 198 Dry
955 Wet + 210 Dry
892 Wet + 200 Dry
441097 Wet + 200 Dry
972 Wet + 210 Dry
908 Wet + 200 Dry
451116 Wet + 200 Dry
989 Wet + 210 Dry
923 Wet + 200 Dry