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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?
 

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There's no one-size fits all. This is your dog - create the structure you expect from the dog. It sounds like you disagree with what he has to say because it doesn't align with your goals, and that's okay.
 

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it does sound like the routine serious IPO competitors consider. You become all that is good with the world, the rest is boring. If you want her around the family then she needs to learn how to behave around the family. I suggest keeping chew toys down to just a few. She'll need them as a pup because the urge to chew is very strong and very normal. Better the toy then your arm. And then you can use the toy as a reward for good behavior later when she is old enough to start training obedience.

Maybe you can find a middle ground with your trainer. You pup goes to the crate for naps which she'll need anyhow, but when she is up she is playing with you, following you around the house (which I recommend anyhow) and when it is chill time she can go hang out in her crate again.

Personally, I like having my dogs around. There is something very pleasant and comforting having a dog napping on the couch behind you.
 
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