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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 dogfoodadvisor.com 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!
Diane and Molly