No chew toys? No playpen?
I just got a german shepherd female puppy. I had a trainer/ world shutzhund/IPO guy whos been working with GSD's since the 70's come over and help me make sure I was doing the right things to be successful. I have a playpen in the living room and crate in the bedroom. Lots of different chew toys in either. I am home a lot and interact with the puppy a lot. Have started socializing her, potty training etc. He told me that I shouldn't put chew toys in her pen or crate because it reinforces chewing on things? That toys should be when its playtime with me. That I should also crate the dog in a room away from me when I'm not doing something with her, as this will make her more engaged with me when it is playtime, then the toys come out. Basically saying that I will become like an old shoe to her if i"m always around. He suggested that I do my routine something like this. Morning potty, then exercise/socialize, feed her then put her up away from me, play with her 1 or 2 times for 10 to 15 minutes of good exercise in the afternoon and put her up. Evening exercise/socialize with her then put her up. This way the dog will depend on me more and I wont grow stale with her. Quality time over quantity time. Says to ditch the playpen and just crate her away from me. I just want a family dog, well behaved and socialized that's part of the family I'm not trying to train a working dog for competitions which is his background. What do you guys think of this?