How clear should a behavior be before a verbal cue is added? Just pet obedience. If you lure then reduce to very little help because the dog is successful, you add the verbal cue with that help(see below, it's a step out, then my hand comes a bit behind me), then dog trys with that tiny bit of help, but makes mistakes even minor, should you go back to non verbal or work it out keeping the verbal? Hopefully that makes sense. What I am asking about in particular is adding a verbal cue to the dog coming behind you going between your legs and sitting. Once I added the verbal is when the hiccup came. Most the time he gets it correct but sometimes he will come in between from the front or come all the way around and enter from the front. Just wondering if I should go back a step? I am sort of thinking going back so that he responds more to my legs moving then my hand movement, since my legs will be part of the body language cue.