Okay, normally I don't need training help, but this one I'm just stumped.
My problem is Neveah is a shivery, scared-of-any-small-noise kind of dog. When we got her she was MUCH worse. She's a different dog now, but still nervous. I want her to be able to have the confidence to go eat when she's hungry, and drink when she's thirsty.
4 lb dogs look pathetic enough. Add a food bowl in front of the bed she lays on for her to eat, and well, let's just say watching that really just makes me cringe (I really can't stand fru-fru helpless tiny little dogs lol. And it's not the dogs really. It's the owners who don't make the dogs do anything for themselves).
So I've tried just putting the food down in the kitchen, but that leads to her waiting until she's starving to eat. She will wait two or three days. And that is obviously not healthy, so we don't do that anymore. I can't seem to figure out the middle phase of training to get her to that point.
Oh, and I do not, and will not free feed. Whatever food is not eaten is picked up and put away after ten minutes. If she's still eating after ten minutes, I do let her finish it.