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Have they been together for a while or is one of the dogs a recent addition? Firstly suggest removing the 'reason' for guarding, feed in separate rooms and pick up the dishes afterward. Remove the high value bones (personally I would stop giving them all together) or give them only when the dogs are separated - confined in different locations or tethered at opposite sides of the room, under supervision - never tether a dog and leave it alone. Dogs will guard from other dogs when they feel they may lose what they have to the other dog - it is instinct - and the higher value the item to the dog ie: a bone, the more likely they are to try harder to keep it.
Consider a consult with a certified canine behaviorist to help you sort out exactly what is going on, and help you with a management and training plan.
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