We want you and your puppy to bond in any way possible, and the best way to nurture and develop a strong connection with your shepherd is to feed your dog with your hand. A puppy will eat 3 small meals a day (one cup, three times a day). Feeding your dog more will not make it bigger…JUST FATTER! Feed one to two of these meals by hand. Not only will this bring you and your pup closer together, but he/she will see you as the pack leader. This method will come in handy later on, as well, when it comes to training your dog.