1. Do not change the food the first day the puppy arrives, and only make food available to the puppy for brief intervals: five times a day for five minutes would appear sufficient.  Do not linger while the puppy is eating.  Subsequently, it is preferable to offer meals for a brief period (five minutes) at regular times.  The ideal number of meals for a weaning puppy is five daily and for an adult dog it is two daily.
  2. From day one, do not allow your dog to approach the table during your own mealtimes, whatever its age.  This rule must never be broken.  Remember that breakfast is also a meal.
  3. Select kibbles in a rational way, without succumbing to impulse buying.  Any changes should be transitional.  Do not trust in the preferences of your dog or cat, which are based on flavor and are not always best for the animal’s health.
  4. Use small pieces of food as a reward after exercise, but ensure that these treats correspond to an effort made or a command learned.
  5. Give the dog its meal after you have had your own or at a completely different times.
  6. Leave the room when the dog is eating.  Do not try to take the bowl, as this will provoke a conflict and you cannot be sure that you will come out on top even if you do get the bowl.
  7. Contrary to the popular belief, most treats do not provide the dog with much in the way of nutrition.  Make sure the treat is used to reinforce good and learned behavior.  Leave the dog in peace when it is busy with its treat.