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If I am giving them something that they can chew into a size that is a potential choking hazard, I do separate the dogs. When they are together, the competition seems to encourage them to wolf things down instead of slowly savoring them. If I give a chew treat that is big enough, I always through out one extra (putting three out for two dogs) because someone will want to grab one away, and as long as there is one floating, they seem to always work it out among themselves. Then I take away any nubs when they get to the end, but usually by that time, everyone has settled down and is chewing their own, so they aren't as competitive about it anymore.
I know it isn't as easy to separate Benji and Lizzie, but I'd suggest you give them both the larger size and let her gnaw on it slowly or just wait until one is in the other room with Dad and give them the Pearly Whites separate if you are worried about pieces.