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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.
Do the dogs all appear to be in good health as far as their size?Are there any other behavioral concerns?What other breeds of dogs are in the pack?
It sounds like this is less of a 'when they're fed' issue and more of a 'they haven't had appropriate boundaries and training' problem. If she knows her dogs are prone to fighting when bones are given, you simply either don't give bones or you kennel every single dog and allow them to enjoy their bones alone. The labradoodle starting fights can be a direct link to poor training style, lax boundaries for the dogs and such. I do not believe timing has anything to do with this, as far as feeding. The dogs may be more anxious due to the feeding schedule, but most dogs are fine being fed once in a 24 hour period (thought by preference alone most owners feed 2-3 times daily). Even well fed, dogs who come from an unstructured home like the one you describe are prone to spats among them because the owner doesn't prevent it through training, avoiding high risk situations like dogs free roaming with high-value toys/treats, etc.If you are to take care of these dogs, there needs to be some type of boundaries and barriers method being used. Feeding needs to take place separately. Bones need to be given separately or by the owner exclusively, etc. Prevention is going to be the most important aspect of keeping the household calm while you are in charge.
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Good luck to you both! If s/he is not familiar with the methods mentioned, hire a trainer to come to the home, evaluate the dogs as a pack and recommend what efforts need to be taken in training.