Mud and I have recently started working on "cross your paws." I've never taught it before, but it hit me like a ton of bricks last week how ridiculously easy this trick is. It's cute too, so we decided to give it a go. We just started a few days ago. I confused the heck out of her, because I started out using a target stick and slowly moving the target over so that she had to reach across her other paw. Then I thought that it would be easier to use my hand, essentially asking to target my hand and using the same principle--moving it further over. This worked quite well, although the first few times she was just a tad confused by the change. I bought a tub of treats yesterday that have a little red plastic lid...and while we were working on random things last night, I decided to do some targetting with it. She was in a down, and I accidentally dropped it and it landed just to the right of her paw. She immediately cross her paws to target it. Great! So, I started using this. It's worked wonderfully and it's really clicking(no pun intended) with her. Today we had a breakthrough without the target lid and she offered the crossed paws a few times. So here's my question: if I add the command now, is she going to associate this with the target, and everytime I want to use the target for something else is she going to try to target it with this behavior? That sounded confusing...lol. We do lots of targetting(nose and paws) so she fully understands this type of behavior. The targetting isn't a problem, but rather just the behavior with the cue... Anywho, I know even if I add it now she'll catch on later that the target isn't just for that. But I just want her to understand that the "cross paws" cue isn't solely based on the target, but rather the behavior itself. So...tips anyone?? Much appreciated.