Dog Training in the Wake Forest Area

If you’re looking for dog training in the Wake Forest Area, Audrey’s Barkyard has exactly what you’re looking for. The principles that guide our dog training program dictate that 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 Crane, our in-house trainer, 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. To learn more about Tim, click here.

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Our 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/narcotics detection and patrol.

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Tim believes in training the trainer. Dogs are domestically evolved cousins of wolves. While they have been domesticated and are attuned to our human world, they still operate on a basic set of drives and often unbalanced drives are the origin of behaviors that we consider to be problematic. These 18 drives include but are not limited to rank, pack, prey, fight, and retrieve. These drives along with 13 others can be diminished or enhanced with the proper training and supervision. It is important to create and establish clear expectations through communication and teaching.

Top Groomers

Our professional team provides exceptional grooming services.

V.I.P. Service

We take pride in giving you and your pet personalized attention.

Superior Boarding

We love every pet, so your pet will feel relaxed and stress free.

Our Packages

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Board & Train Package

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

This package includes 2, in-home sessions at the completion of the boarding to work with the dog and owners together. It also includes a 3rd in-home refresher session that the owners can request within the first year of completing the board and train program. The 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.

$18002 Weeks
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In-Home Training Package

Introductory Session

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.

4, 1-Hour Sessions

Our trainer will work with your 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.

$4404, 1/hour classes
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5-Day Doggie Bootcamp

This 5-day doggie boot camp package is taught onsite at Audrey’s Barkyard during our daycare hours. The boot camp training is a regimented and focused training that is intended to help your pooch gain as much out of the focused 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.

After this training you’ll be able to walk at YOUR pace when going for walks, not  at your dogs pace. They will sit when you stop, and overall this will help your dog understanding the will of the pack leader – YOU.

$4005 Days

Private In Home Training Sessions

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Introductory Session

  • 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.
  • After both parties agree that Private In Home Sessions are a good fit, then a package can be purchased.

$701 Hour
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In Home Training Package

  • 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
  • Any additional classes can be added on as single hour long lessons at $110 each.

$4404/ 1 Hour Classes
Gracie Long
Best place to let your fur babies spend the day (or night) and be cared for by the amazing staff at Audrey's Barkyard! They truly treat your pet as if they were their own! Also, just completed a week of on-site training with Timothy Crane at Audrey's, and I am very pleased with Gracie's progress! She has done very well with her training and Tim gave me some great tips to continue our work at home. I would highly recommend his on-site training for any pup needing a little extra fun, fair and firm training! Thanks Tim!
Gracie Long
Dan SeamanAnnabelle's Dad

The staff are friendly and interactive. The facility is clean and well equipped. We like the live camera feed for doggy daycare and boarding. They offer a large variety of affordable services and discounts for packages. Our pug puppy Annabelle always seems to be comfortable going here.

Dan Seaman
Jennifer Blaha
My mom takes me to Audrey’s Barkyard while she goes to work. I know I am going to have a great day when she tells me to get in the car to go see my friends. I LOVE to play with my dog friends and I really LOVE all of the incredibly sweet, fun and loving humans that take care of me like family. My mom is so happy to see me when she picks me up and I’m so tired from playing all day that I take great naps. My family is so thankful to have such a wonderful place for me to play!
Jennifer Blaha