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.

Our Trainer

9 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/narcotics detection and patrol.

K9 Commander 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.


Group Classes


Puppy Obedience Package- ( 6 classes $350 First class is for humans only) ages 6 weeks to 6 months.

Classes will focus on the following:

  • Socialization and basic commands such as sit, stay, and leave it
  • Coming back when called
  • Basic Leash Walking

Basic Obedience Package- (6 classes $400 )

Classes will focus on the following:

  • Proper Leash control
  • Commands such as sit, stay, down, and leave it
  • Coming back when called
  • Basic Manners
  • Verbal and Hand Signals

Advanced Obedience Package- (6 classes $400)

Classes will focus on the following:

  • Builds on lessons learned in the Basic Obedience Class
  • Advanced commands such as extended sit, extended stay, and retrieval skills
  • Advanced leash walking as well as off leash walking
  • Proper behaviors in social settings

Board and Train

2 Week Boarding Package- ($1600)

    • This includes two weeks of boarding (Not available holiday weeks)
    • Dog will learn all skills offered in the group classes.
    • 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 a memory drive that has videos of the trainer executing commands with the dog as a reference.

Private In Home Training Sessions

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.

Daycare Training Package

5 Day Diamond Level Daycare Package ($320)

  • This daycare package is five days of Bronze Package daycare days that also includes 2 ten minute 1 on 1 training sessions.
  • The training will be on very specific lessons that the owner can request with the trainer.