Proper dog training at home is important if you want the best possible relationship with your pet. And as any expert will tell you, the sooner you start, the better. One of the most important things to work on is potty training, which means keeping to a consistent schedule and being able to tell when your dog needs to go outside. Crate training should also be an important part of your routine, and when carried out properly can eliminate accidents in the home, and give your dog a place where he feels safe and comfortable. Once these aspects of training have been mastered, it’s time to move on to basic commands and teaching your dog how to walk on a leash. Expect it to take between 4 and 6 months to effectively train your dog, and you’ll need to be patient and committed.