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Feeding and Exercise
Feeding your puppy
Consult with your veterinarian on your puppy's ultimate diet. It is important, however, that you know the food and feeding schedule from which your puppy was weaned and if there is to be a change, to do so gradually and not upset the digestion.
It is also good to eliminate the change of diet as the cause of any early health issues such as loose stools or vomiting. Also remember that a change in water can cause an upset stomach, as is over or under feeding. Good up front communication, a strict schedule and careful monitoring of change will help assure a smooth adjustment process.
A healthy puppy will exercise themselves in the house or garden as suited to their personality. Often times you may witness a mad burst of energy followed by a flop and nap. This is normal and should be encouraged, yet supervised from hidden dangers and guided towards appropriate play as necessary.
Regardless of your puppy's energy level, give them a good hour before feeding following a hardy session of play.
Be extremely careful to avoid over-exercising your puppy, as stress to a developing puppy's bones and joints can be damaging to the adult dog - this is especially true for large-giant breeds. In fact, consider that Great Danes should not be vigorously exercised until they reach approximately 18 months to 2 years of age! Consult with your Veterinarian on the appropriate amount of exercise for your developing puppy.