LOL, sorry I wasn't clear, I meant for the dog to eat to avoid bloat.
She eats three times a day, I should have also pointed that out. So if I were to keep her calm 2 hours before she ate and one after, well that's nearly all day and I feel badly keeping her penned up (She has a crate instead of a puppy pen and mostly just sleeps on her cushy bed in the pen, but out of the crate, her water and toys are there, etc.). As it is if I keep her calm one hour before and one after that's not much time out. We have started giving her free reign of our dining/kitchen area (where her pen temporarily is) so she does have something a little more interesting to do these days (sniff arond, get into mild mischief in there LOL). She can be calm in there if the kids are somewhere else (they are 4 & 8).
I do tire her out (she cannot go out for walks yet, but we do plenty of backyard ball-tossing and running) so she will usually sleeps well the hour or so until mealtime, but then she eats and is raring to go!
I'm struggling to figure out a good schedule for her and us now, before the kids go back to school and we're out of the house more.