We recently bought a chihuahua, she seems perfectly healthy and spunky. But, she rarely eats, we bought her special food for small dogs and she barely eats it. I figure it's because she's so small that only a few bites would fill her? Anyone have a chihuahua and can tell me what's normal and whats not?
Many dogs eat only once a day. If she only has a few bites here and there throughout the day, you're making her feel empowered that she can eat whenever she wants. Try a few different kinds of food to see what she likes, then start leaving the bowl with food out only in the morning. Ring a bell when you put the food out. If she doesn't eat, or eats a little, then put it away.
You're in charge, and by choosing when she eats she will learn to be a better dog to you. After a few days, she will realize that ringing the bell means that's the only time she gets to eat today, so she better eat as much as she wants then. This will make both you and your dog happy. Good luck!