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Here is what has worked reasonably well for us...the race for the dog food was the first thing that really got dd crawling at around 8.5 mos! I would always chase behind her and say, "We have to put doggy's food up!" and then put it up on the counter. We put it down for naps and at bedtime, and leave some water outside where the dog also spends a bit of time. DD is very verbal, and at about thirteen months she starting pointing to the bowls whenever she saw them down and yelling "up up up!!!" It's funny because she clearly wants to play with them, as she will almost run to get there before me, but she knows they belong "up" and can't seem to help letting me know. Whenever I put the food up, I make a big deal about saying "Thankyou Ellie. You're right. The food does belong up!"
So maybe if you make a big deal about putting the food and water up (the Dr. Suess book, Great Day for Up is what got her jazzed about the word in the first place) and get ds involved in the process he'll start to catch on and help.
Our dog is also quite skinny and neurotic. She too was used to always having the food available. She has adapted now. When we put the food down, we call her over and make crunching sounds to show her the food is there. She seems to be eating pretty well. I do worry about the water, but I just really try to make sure it is down as often as possible. I think it is easier because I don't have to remember to put it up, as dd always reminds me!
This isn't a perfect solution, but I hope it helps!
Trying to get my bearings...