The Septad: 7 Behaviors Every Dog Should Know
The idea of “The Seven” was popularized by celebrity trainer, Brandon McMillan. Since then the concept has been picked up by tons of trainers, bloggers, and infographic-for-Pinterest designers. There are a few variations out there (as with ours, too). Nonetheless, the concept is a solid one: pick a few useful things to get really good at instead of being mediocre at twenty.
Brandon’s list includes “No,” although we don’t believe that’s command; it’s a non-instructive interrupt. We’ve aligned our list with things that can be taught in a reward-based system…more of a “To-Do” list. We use “Nope” in our Marker System anyways, so it would be redundant to have it here.
The 7 as we teach them at Simpawtico are:
- Lie Down
- Leave It
- Get Off
- Controlled Walking
These behaviors form the backbone of our level one classes, Puppy 1 and Basic. We usually also teach Stand and Drop It in early classes since they’re integral to how we work on other things, but…HECK…if the only things a dog knew was just these seven, and knew them well, that would be a damned good dog!