Most veterinarians will recommend the following schedule for feeding puppies six weeks or older (after being weaned):
Six weeks to three months – four meals a day
Three months to six months – three meals a day
Six months to one year – two meals a day
One year and up – one to three meals a day
While this is the standard for most dogs, many puppies prefer to eat several small meals throughout the day, regardless of age.
Small size dry dog food is fine for your dog, although the preferred choice would be dry food mixed with canned food. Feeding your puppy canned food only is not a good idea. Their digestive tract cannot process canned food alone, which may result in diarrhoea and dehydration. Several puppy owners mix dry dog food with a small amount of white rice and cooked diced chicken.
Chihuahuas and Poms also love special treats. If you forget them, no need to worry, because your dog will surely remind you. A small treat each day or an extra one for special occasions is acceptable. These treats should be very small and not be given more than once or twice a day.
If you notice your dog gaining extra weight around the chest area, and developing rolls of fat around the hindquarters - it is probably time to go on a diet - start by cutting out excessive treats (especially those that come from your plate) and stick with quality dry food mixed with canned food.