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I use a 6ft training leash one with a d ring on the handle so you can double it up for close heeling.
This helps the dog to realise when it is free to 'go sniff' and when it is heeling time.
Best structured game you can play with your dog is with 2 balls on a rope.
Basically make an imaginary centre line in your basement and have two IDENTICAL toys, either tug balls or just a couple of tug toys, preferably with squeekers .
The ends of your centre line will be East and West for the purposes of this description. You need not line it up with Mecca or Jerusalem just the longways of your basement will do, if it is square shaped it is irrelevant as long as it remains constant each time and is the longest line (i.e diagonal).
Stand in the middle of your centre line facing North just south of the line with the dog next to you or in front (the line is for the dog).
Show the dog the toy (look what I have got!) and get her a wee bit excited, now toss the ball/tug whatever to your left (east) along her centre line and she will go after it, don't throw it too far.
As soon as the dog picks the toy up you need to make the dog excited about the one in your hand.
She will run towards you probably with the first in her mouth, you gotta make that toy more exciting than the first so giggle it and make stupid noises.
THE INSTANT she drops the first toss the other one west and repeat.
What this game does is shows the dog that play time comes through you not the toy, and you will rapidly become the most fun thing in the world.
ALWAYS put the toys away after the game, they are your toys not hers, you let her play with them through you.
OBV if she has chew toys then give them to her when you go out and stuff but when your about, they are your toys. Only take the special toys out when you are up for playing, but I think you do that anyway (Put them on the fridge?)