Water is important basic need for your new puppy. Fresh water is essential for proper growth and digestion in all dogs and especially the case for a puppy. Dogs need about 10 ounces of water for every 10 pounds of body weight. It is best to keep 2 water dishes available, especially for a young dog. Labradors love to play in the water and will have a tendency to dump over an unsecure dish. Summer heat can have drastic consequences on a dog with no water. I add a small kiddie pool or a larger container for the dogs to play in during the summer months. Never underestimate the power of clean water for your dog ---- and you.
Feeding the hungry puppy is one of the three basic needs for your new companion (food, water, shelter). It is necessary to feed a quality puppy food as long as he is still growing. This will usually continue through the first year. There are many good quality foods available on the market. Find a food that is high in protein, fat, and nutritionally complete. We advise feeding your puppy 2-3 times a day with as much as he will clean up in a 20 minute time period. This is usually about 1 to 2 cups per feeding. Finding the right puppy food can be a formidable task but one that is important for proper growth and health of a new puppy.