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Its just been a week since Dori is home and it has already changed our lives in more ways than we imagined. As she is growing I have some basic questions.

1. How much time in Pen vs outside xPen? We stay in apartment and have created xpen and crate area. We are mostly at home, for the daytime how to decide how much time she should be in xpen and how much time I should let her be free inside apartment.?

2. As she has started exploring inside and outside, she tries to pick so many things chew on carpet or outside grass. Do I let her chew with caution (as its a natural instinct) or say no every time?

3. Food. I am continuing Earthbone Holistic given by her breeder mixed with very small amount of boiled shreded chicken breasts (suggested by vet). Is Earthbone good or shall I be looking at other better brand food or even home cooking?

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get her out and about as much as possible . read the last link first

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New puppies should not have too much freedom too soon. A good time to let her out of the pen is immediately after she goes potty. You must still keep eyes on her at all times when she is out of the pen. Remember that puppies have to go potty every time they change activities. This would be when they wake up, finish playing, eat a meal, drink, etc. As she matures she will get more and more time out of the pen as she becomes more reliable with her potty training. Inside the house you need to provide her with an assortment of appropriate things to chew on. When Molly was a puppy I was always pulling things out of her mouth when we were outside. She would love to grab an assortment of things like mulch, weeds, bunny poop. Thankfully she outgrew this stage. One thing I would let her pick up and carry around were sticks. She never chewed them but was so proud to have it. Get your puppy used to you putting fingers in their mouth. This way you can brush or examine their teeth, give them a pill, or retrieve an unwanted object from there. You can start working on the command to " leave it" when they are getting into something they shouldn't. You can check out to see how your food rates. You must be very careful with home cooking. There are a lot of well intentioned people who are feeding their dog home cooked meals that are not giving them all the nutrients they need. This may lead to health issues down the road. Enjoy your new puppy!
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