Now that you have a dog you must learn the right way to teach your new family pet. The following information will give you the tools needed to give you the best learning experience that you can possibly pass on to your loved pooch.

The dog, man’s best friend. We’ve all probably found ourselves owning a dog at some point, but perhaps weren’t the one responsible for training it. One of the keys to training a dog is consistency. You have to reward it all the time for good behavior, and punish it all the time for bad behavior. For example if you are potty training and your dog uses the pad, reward her with a treat each and every time to reinforce that behavior.

Establish a quiet environment when you go into a room your pet is in. It is nice to calmly play with your dogs, but remember to stay relaxed. Don’t acknowledge dogs the moment that you set foot in the house.

When giving commands to your dog, never come down to their level. Maintaining eye contact and a fully erect, dominant stance imparts control to the dog. Your dog will be receptive to commands given from this posture much easier than a crouching owner who is seen as an equal or playmate.

Throughout your dog’s training program, continue to play with them as much as possible. Interacting through games and activities is one way to bond with your pet and relieve stress. Dogs respond much better to people they trust, so go out and throw a ball, play tug of war or just rub their belly.

Use an even tone when commanding your dogs. Maintaining the same tone lets your dog know that you are serious and they should obey your commands. You should also work on developing different tones to use in different situations. For example, you can have a sharp one for disciplinary purposes, and a firm, but not-as-sharp one for simple commands.

Spend time each day training your dog, even if for only a few minutes a day. Dogs respond well when they get to practice what they are learning and what they have learned. Practicing at least 15 minutes a day on commands your dog already knows keeps the dog in practice.

Finding out what motivates your dog is the key to successful training. All dogs have different tastes and preferences, but it is also important to keep in mind that the reward you’re giving your dog should be healthy. Even if the treats at the store say your dog will like it, make sure to double check the ingredients. Cheese and strong- smelling meats are very popular, but oftentimes falsely advertised at the store containing a mix artificial tastes and smells.

Now that you hopefully have some good ideas for training your dog you can set about your journey. Training a dog can often be a rewarding experience when you see their effort pay off with an obedient dog. Following what you have learned will give you the direction needed to train your dog.