Food guarding between puppies
We recently got two new puppies and everything is great between them except at mealtime. If they are in the same room, one will guard the food in one bowl and the other will just whine like she wants the food in that bowl even though there is another bowl she can get to. We have tried separating them into different areas but they wont eat by themselves, just cry. They already don't eat enough so I'd prefer not to prevent them from eating, even a couple meals. The only thing that works is to put them both in together, let the decide what bowl is the one that they both want, tke out the one who is guarding and let the other eat. Then I put back in the guarder who will then finish the food.
This whole routine is both a pain and I am worried I am encouraging the behavior somehow. Is there something better I can do?