I have a question about cues. I was always taught when teaching a new cue, first you get the behavior, then when you know they will do it you always say the new cue first. So for example if you are teaching sit and your puppy knows the hand signal but not the verbal you would say the verbal wait a second and then give the hand signal if they need help. Since then I have noticed that several trainers and even some really good/ experienced trainers will not say the new word first but either during the behavior to pair the word with the behavior or after the dog did the behavior. According to psychology class it is not as beneficial for learning if you say the word during or after and they will learn it a lot faster if you give the new cue first. So for example you would not get the sit and then say the word after. I was wondering how you teach new cues. Do you say it first, during an established cue/ behavior (pairing) or immediately after? What have you noticed, is your dog picking up the new cue easily the way you are introducing it? I am planning on trying adding the cue to a few behaviors he has been struggling with, as a pairing to see if that helps. I also want to teach both my dogs a few new behaviors some with the cue always first and some with it during or after to see if there is a difference. I have noticed with behaviors he does that I try to just capture he takes a really long time learning them. So I am not sure if the experiment will tell me anything. I know that dogs are typically very flexible with training and will respond to almost any training style, but I was wondering if there is a best way to introduce new cues or does it not really matter how you introduce them. Any thoughts....? Thanks!