The K9 Commander

The K9 Commander way is based on balanced dog training methods that are designed to help create a well balanced pet and strengthen the bond  between owner and dog. Located at Audrey’s Barkyard, and offering a full line of training services for the working dog to the family companion. 

 

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Training Options for Everyone

Our Training Services

Our training classes are not designed for dogs with past human bite interactions or aggression.
If you need specific help in one of these areas please contact us for training options.

Board and Train

Training done while your dog boards.

2 Week Boarding Package-
($1800)

 

  • This includes two weeks of boarding (Not available holiday weeks).

  • Package also includes 2 in home sessions at completion of the boarding to work with dog and owners together. Also includes a 3rd in home refresher session that the owners can request within the first year of completing the board and train. Owners will also receive daily videos of training sessions to show progress, and for reference.

  • Training will be done, both on and off site to solidify the training in multiple environments, and with multiple distractions and stimuli.

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In Home Private Training

Private one-on-one training done at your home. 

** Our Best Value! **

Introductory Session-

(1 hour session $70)

This is a meet and greet for our Trainer to meet the owners and meet the dog in their environment.

  • During this hour the owners can discuss with the Trainer their needs and what they hope to get out of the training sessions. If both parties agree that Private In Home Sessions are a good fit, then at that time a package can be purchased and the training can be scheduled.

 

In Home Training Package

(4-1 hour long sessions $440)

  • Trainer will work with dog to achieve the goals discussed in the introductory session. Please note that it may take more than 4 sessions depending on the desired outcome, but any additional classes can be added on as single hour long lessons at $110 each.

 

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Doggie Bootcamp

5-Day doggie bootcamp.

5 Day Doggie Bootcamp Package-
($600)

 

  • This 5 day doggie bootcamp package is taught onsite during daycare hours. The training will be a more regimented and focused training with the intent on gaining as much out of those 5 days as possible.

  • The training will focus on proper leash and overall manners. This includes not jumping on visitors, not pulling or being reactive on leash. Walking at YOUR pace when going for walks, not the dogs. Sitting when you stop, and overall helping your dog understanding the will of the pack leader – YOU.

 

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Advanced Working Dog training options are available outside of the Aurdrey’s Barkyard facility. Working Dog training is very specific and personalized to the type of training, as well as to the dog and family. Please email directly to inquire about Working Dog training options here.

What Drives Us

Our Mission

K9 Commander believes training should be fun, fair, and firm.

Behavior modification starts with understanding and assessing what you have done in the past to address the problems and doing something different going forward.  Improving the relationship between the dog, the owner and members of the family starts with the dog knowing his rank within the pack; dog must not portray a higher rank than any human in the pack.  It is important to find the right balance between obtaining results on the right timeline and working at a pace and with tools that the owner and dog are comfortable with.  K9 Commander’s mission is helping to empower owners with knowledge of training tools and techniques and giving them confidence to put them in action proactively even in the absence of the trainer.

Tim understands that all dogs are unique and may benefit from different training methods and is very open to the owner’s input and involvement.  Tim understands a good trainer is an effective teacher/communicator for both humans and dogs and does not sacrifice a dog’s well being for results.  He believes in always learning and incorporating new information, techniques and tools into their program in order to improve results.  He does not make an owner feel guilty for a lack of knowledge or past failures but instead tries to motivate them to do better in the future.

Lastly, a good trainer is honest and recognizes when they are not equipped to deal with a certain behavior or dog, and does not take on a client if they are not confident in their abilities.

Some of our Feedback

What People are Saying

Henry

We first called Tim because our ball of lovable energy lacked impulse control. He so badly wanted to see and meet people that he was running the risk of hurting someone with his level of energy. Tim quickly started his training with US, and teaching us how to better help Henry. The training is having mind blowing results, and Henry is always Happy to see Tim and his training sessions. We cannot thank The K9 Commander enough for his continued help in creating the relationship and environment we had always envisioned with our Henry!

– Shane Dalziel

Leila, Lexi & Sofi

I am the proud owner of two very big white labs and one precious French bulldog. As much as I love my babies sometimes their behavior is not so becoming. We have spent a lot of money on training to no avail. All I wanted was them trained to walk on a leash but the trainers just never really focused on that concept. Then the most professional trainer I know named Tim came into our lives. So I signed them up for one more training. This was it. No more money spent on training even if this didn’t work and sorry to say but after so many failures I really didn’t expect much. Well, do you know it took him one, yes that is one day and he had Lexi walking beside him on a leash. Eventually he could walk her without a leash. I could not believe my eyes. I was so proud of her and of him for his very intellectual training. He knew instantly how to handle her. Then there was Sofi and the bulldog Leila. Sofi now walks without pulling me everywhere, and my little Leila walks now even though she’s the fierce one of the bunch. So if your at a point where you have accepted the fact that you are going to be mistreated every time you walk your dogs don’t give up. Call Tim, I can promise you, your dog will be a new dog and you will pick up a great friend. Tim the k9 commander trains with love and respect. He was the best decision we have made. 

– Vicky Stevens

Willy

Tim Canine is by far one of the best puppy/dog trainers in the area. His experience is shown through his extensive knowledge of dog behaviors. He quickly identifies what the problem is and how to correct it. He has been working with our puppy Willie, teaching him to walk on a lease properly instead of him walking us. He also is excellent in giving tips on house breaking. He offers great tips to minimize barking! He makes training very simple and is very effective. Tim is considered a “dog whisperer” and we are lucky to have someone with his expertise in our area.

– Marty and Donny Knell-Bell

Daisy

Within 45 minutes of first visit Daisy was walking on my left without trying to pull. Tim disconnected the leash and she continued on my left even when making 90° turns across the street. Well done Tim

– Dan Romanelli

Mia

My wife and I fell in love with a rescue dog who had great obedience to us but just could not control her reactivity on walks when she saw another dog. It was difficult for other family members to control Mia and feel safe taking her for walks. It was also embarrassing for everyone when we could not control her bark at all. Tim taught us how to effectively communicate with our dog and reinforce positive behaviors. Tim was always prompt and valued our time when we had a session scheduled. Mia’s behaviors have progressed to a level of confidence we didn’t think was possible. It is a joy to walk Mia and see her become more and more confident. Our family is so grateful for Tim and the services he provided our family.

– Joseph and Taylor Glassbrenner

Scout

I was so happy to meet Tim and have him train my boy, Scout and myself.  Tim helped to identify the behaviors we needed to work on. In such a short time, Tim had Scout walking so great on lead and off lead. Scout truly bonded with Tim and Tim is one of his favorite people in the world.  Tim is the dog whisperer as he has such a great connection to the dogs he trains.  I am looking forward to working with Tim again. You will not find a better trainer than Tim. Thank you for working with my sweet boy.

– Margaret

Bo Peep

Wow does Tim know his stuff! I was thoroughly impressed with the in-home training we did for our puppy French bulldog., Bo Peep. He even met with us prior to picking out our pup and gave us tips on things to look for when choosing from a littler and how to react with the kids and we brought her home. We have been to other dog trainings before with our previous dog however this in-home session was a game changer for one on one teaching of not only our pet but for us and the kids!! Would highly recommend him for any dog stage you may be experiencing.

– Katie Semon

Jolie

My experience with Tim has been amazing. Little Jolie was nick named “Baby Shark” by my friends but after 4 private sessions with Tim she has become a much more disciplined girl.  I gained so much knowledge and as I continue modifying MY behavior I know Jolie will continue to modify hers.  Tim worked a miracle for us!

– Carrie Bloom

Henry

We first called Tim because our ball of lovable energy lacked impulse control. He so badly wanted to see and meet people that he was running the risk of hurting someone with his level of energy. Tim quickly started his training with US, and teaching us how to better help Henry. The training is having mind blowing results, and Henry is always Happy to see Tim and his training sessions. We cannot thank The K9 Commander enough for his continued help in creating the relationship and environment we had always envisioned with our Henry!

– Shane Dalziel

Leila, Lexi & Sofi


I am the proud owner of two very big white labs and one precious French bulldog. As much as I love my babies sometimes their behavior is not so becoming. We have spent a lot of money on training to no avail. All I wanted was them trained to walk on a leash but the trainers just never really focused on that concept. Then the most professional trainer I know named Tim came into our lives. So I signed them up for one more training. This was it. No more money spent on training even if this didn’t work and sorry to say but after so many failures I really didn’t expect much. Well, do you know it took him one, yes that is one day and he had Lexi walking beside him on a leash. Eventually he could walk her without a leash. I could not believe my eyes. I was so proud of her and of him for his very intellectual training. He knew instantly how to handle her. Then there was Sofi and the bulldog Leila. Sofi now walks without pulling me everywhere, and my little Leila walks now even though she’s the fierce one of the bunch. So if your at a point where you have accepted the fact that you are going to be mistreated every time you walk your dogs don’t give up. Call Tim, I can promise you, your dog will be a new dog and you will pick up a great friend. Tim the k9 commander trains with love and respect. He was the best decision we have made.

– Vicky Stevens

Willy

Tim Canine is by far one of the best puppy/dog trainers in the area. His experience is shown through his extensive knowledge of dog behaviors. He quickly identifies what the problem is and how to correct it. He has been working with our puppy Willie, teaching him to walk on a lease properly instead of him walking us. He also is excellent in giving tips on house breaking. He offers great tips to minimize barking! He makes training very simple and is very effective. Tim is considered a “dog whisperer” and we are lucky to have someone with his expertise in our area.

– Marty and Donny Knell-Bell

Daisy

Within 45 minutes of first visit Daisy was walking on my left without trying to pull. Tim disconnected the leash and she continued on my left even when making 90° turns across the street. Well done Tim

– Dan Romanelli

Mia

My wife and I fell in love with a rescue dog who had great obedience to us but just could not control her reactivity on walks when she saw another dog. It was difficult for other family members to control Mia and feel safe taking her for walks. It was also embarrassing for everyone when we could not control her bark at all. Tim taught us how to effectively communicate with our dog and reinforce positive behaviors. Tim was always prompt and valued our time when we had a session scheduled. Mia’s behaviors have progressed to a level of confidence we didn’t think was possible. It is a joy to walk Mia and see her become more and more confident. Our family is so grateful for Tim and the services he provided our family.

– Joseph and Taylor Glassbrenner

Scout

I was so happy to meet Tim and have him train my boy, Scout and myself.  Tim helped to identify the behaviors we needed to work on. In such a short time, Tim had Scout walking so great on lead and off lead. Scout truly bonded with Tim and Tim is one of his favorite people in the world.  Tim is the dog whisperer as he has such a great connection to the dogs he trains.  I am looking forward to working with Tim again. You will not find a better trainer than Tim. Thank you for working with my sweet boy.

– Margaret

Bo Peep

Wow does Tim know his stuff! I was thoroughly impressed with the in-home training we did for our puppy French bulldog., Bo Peep. He even met with us prior to picking out our pup and gave us tips on things to look for when choosing from a littler and how to react with the kids and we brought her home. We have been to other dog trainings before with our previous dog however this in-home session was a game changer for one on one teaching of not only our pet but for us and the kids!! Would highly recommend him for any dog stage you may be experiencing.

– Katie Semon

Jolie

My experience with Tim has been amazing. Little Jolie was nick named “Baby Shark” by my friends but after 4 private sessions with Tim she has become a much more disciplined girl. I gained so much knowledge and as I continue modifying MY behavior I know Jolie will continue to modify hers. Tim worked a miracle for us!

– Carrie Bloom

The K9 Commander Way

About The K9 Commander

 

K9 Commander owner/trainer, Tim Crane, retired from the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police Department in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with 25 years of experience. In addition, he has 19 years of ongoing military service in the US Army, US Air Force Reserve, and Pennsylvania Air National Guard. 

Tim has over 17 years experience working with narcotics detection police K9s.  As a certified K9 instructor from Shallow Creek Kennels in Sharpsville, Pennsylvania, and Strategic Law Enforcement K-9 Training Inc. in Irwin Pennsylvania, he has trained explosive/narcotics and patrol police K9s and teams.  

As a member of the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police K9 Unit Training Staff, he has had the privilege of certifying, training, and maintaining many street-certified police K9 teams.  Teams consisted of all Pittsburgh Bureau of Police K9 handlers and several outside municipal police agencies, including but not limited to Wilkinsburg, Robinson Township, Butler City, Uniontown, Whitehall Borough, Pittsburgh Public School Police, as well as Allegheny, Beaver, and Mercer County Sheriff K9 teams in both explosive, and narcotics detection and patrol.

Professionaly Trained and Certified

Professional Certifications

Strategic Law Enforcement Training NAPWDA Master Trainer Bill Sombo

NAPWDA – North American Police Working Dog Association

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Wake Weekly Best of The Best 2020

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Where to Find Us and How to get Scheduled

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The K9 Commander is a proud partner with and operating out of Audrey’s Barkyard

Please feel free to call or stop in to schedule a consultation or inquire about any of our other training opportunities.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sunday
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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