A well-balanced and regulated diet will help him to have a shiny coat, his body to function at optimum levels and his life expectancy to be long and healthy.
Elements you will need:
- Food dish
- Water dish
- Dog food
How to feed a Doberman Pinscher puppy
Allow the puppies to feed on their mother's milk for a period of six to eight weeks. After six weeks, small portions of corned beef and mother's milk should be alternated at mealtimes. Your puppy should be weaned by the eighth week.
How to feed a Doberman Pinscher
Choose a high quality dog food. The first ingredient should be some type of meat and not a grain product. Grain-based foods cause flatulence. A Doberman puppy, or a dog of any other breed that engages in average physical activity, should have 26 percent protein and 15 to 18 percent fat content in its diet. If your dog eats a quality dry food, then it will not require additional supplements.
Canned or dry food
Decide between dry and canned food. Dry food is less expensive, contains a lower amount of fat but has a lot of preservatives. Canned foods are more expensive and are 70 percent water. Avoid semi-moist foods as they have a high sugar content.
When to switch to adult dog food
A Doberman's food should be changed at each of the three stages of its life. Puppy foods have higher calories as they use a lot of energy during the rapid growth period of the first year. Your pet is fully mature at 12 months and can begin eating adult dog food unless your veterinarian recommends a puppy food. When he reaches old age, he begins to have metabolic and digestive problems, so a food that is compatible for a Doberman over 10 years of age is recommended.
Establish a feeding schedule. When the puppy is 6 to 8 weeks old it eats three times a day, but after eight weeks it should eat twice a day: morning and evening. This feeding schedule continues into adulthood. An older Doberman will digest smaller portions of food better. Ask your veterinarian how much to feed in each portion or follow the feeding directions on the package. Fresh water should be provided at each feeding.
Dobermans enjoy having a varied diet, but changing foods too often causes them digestive problems. You can add broth with different flavors to his food to give it a different taste. Check with your veterinarian to determine if they are deficient in vitamins or minerals as they can prescribe them if your pet needs them. Get your Doberman used to sitting in front of the bowl full of food until you give him permission to eat.
Many vitamins and minerals, especially calcium, can be harmful to a Doberman. If your dog vomits yellow bile it is a sign that he is hungry. Keep in mind that dry dog food packages lose their vitamin value 90 days after opening.