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One quick disclaimer on VSR. When you are working on duration behaviours (stays or loose leash walking for example), you are forced to go to a VSR. You can not just reward at the end of a duration behaviour because it will start to break down. You can not expect your dog to heel for 10 minutes if you only toss him a cookie at the end of the walk :p
Here is a quick example of how to get on a VSR with loose leash walking:
Once we go to a VSR, we want to vary between 50% of the mean to five steps above it. By yo-yoing up and down, with the occasional surprise thrown in, you can increase the demands on the dog without him knowing that the work is getting harder. Here is an example of what the first levels of loose leash walking would be (you would want to stay at each level for about 3 to 5 days):

Level 1: (Mean = 5 steps) 5 steps, 2,6,3,7,3,5,1,7,4,3,5,1 (52 steps)
Level 2: (Mean = 7 steps) 7 steps, 3,10,5,8,4,7,2,5,10,3,7,2 (73 steps)
Level 3: (Mean = 10 steps) 10 steps, 5,8,4,12,6,10,3,7,10,5,12,1,10,3 (106 steps)
Level 4: (Mean = 12 steps) 12 steps,,6,10,4,15,7,12,6,15,8,12,2,10,4 (124 steps)

You would just continue to increase the mean number of steps until you have 20 or 30 minutes of loose leash walking.
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Hmmm...I'm not sure I understand this. I'll read the link Lukefromgeorgia provided on VSR (haven't had time to read it yet), then refer to this again; maybe it'll make more sense. If it doesn't, I'll post any questions.

Thanks, again, for taking time on here Dana. :)
 

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Simply stated, vary the number of steps you take before you reward your dog for LLW. Keep you dog guessing when the cookies will come. At first, you may not want to take more than 10 steps before feeding, so your range is anywhere from 1 to 10 steps. As your dog gets better, you increase the mean number of steps that you take before rewarding, bit by bit, so you are asking for more and more behaviour from your dog before you reward. IF you lose him, your mean number of steps is too high and you have to adjust downward.
As with all behaviorus, don't start a VSR until you have the behaviour under stimulus control: so your dog is willingly driving into heel position every time you move.
Clear as mud??? ;D
 

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OH! Now that's easy to understand.....clear as a bell!
 
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