How Our Puppies Are Raised
Puppies are weaned by their mothers
when the dam is ready, which is usually when the puppies leave us.
Even though 95+% of the puppies' nutrition comes from solid food, at
8 weeks they still appreciate the closeness of nursing on their
By 6 weeks, they are chomping up raw chicken drumsticks, large hunks of beef heart, and meaty beef bones in 3 meals a day, which I maintain till about 4 months of age. I also give them raw eggs with some of the shell smashed in the bowl (egg shells are calcium carbonate) and yogurt from time to time. Because we grow avocados, papayas, and bananas, puppies are introduced to fruits in small quantities, which they generally like.
As the puppies grow larger from 6 to 8 weeks, the chicken pieces need to get bigger (thighs and drumsticks, not wings) and they need larger hunks of other meats and meaty bones. Do not give puppies small pieces they are tempted to swallow whole, or they may choke. They need to chew up their meaty bones.
4 or 5 months of age, puppies are usually ready to go to 2 meals a
day until 12 months of age. Individual puppies may need to keep a
3-meal a day schedule until 6 months. If they are hungry in the
middle of the day, it’s okay to feed them.