Jason Purgason is the Training Director of Highland Canine Training, LLC and the lead course instructor for the School for Dog Trainers at our corporate location in Harmony, NC.  Jason has over twenty years of experience working with dogs.  He has trained canines in the areas of Narcotics Detection, Explosives Detection, Human Detection, Termite Detection, Carpenter Ant Detection, Mold Detection, Human Remains Detection, Allergen Detection, Bat Guano Detection, Police Patrol, Urban Disaster, Wilderness Search and Rescue and Scent Discrimination Tracking / Trailing.  Jason has trained over 450 working dogs and handlers for detection, police patrol and search and rescue.  Jason has trained dogs for competition obedience, agility, herding, trailing and tracking for both Schutzhund, AKC and other competitive events. Next to working with dogs, Jason’s other passion is sharing his knowledge of dogs and dog training with our students as he helps them prepare to meet the challenges of operating their own dog training business.

Jason was a full time canine handler employed at a police department in North Carolina, for more than 10 years.  He was also a canine unit supervisor for this department which included five dog teams. For almost nine years, he was the Supervisor of the Vice Narcotics/ Interdiction Unit and was an Operator on the SWAT team.

Jason has trained and certified police patrol and detection dogs through a number of national organizations, some of which include:

United States Police Canine Association
Eastern States Working Dog Association
International Police Working Dog Association
National Police Dog Tactics Association
National Tactical Police Dog Association

Jason is the Office of Homeland Security for the State of Mississippi evaluator for their working dog teams. Jason has instructed seminars and trained dogs and handlers for Police Canine Handlers for the US Army, US Air Force, US Marine Corps, NASA, the Pentagon Police and for many other professional, government and law enforcement teams across the world. Some of these seminars and training events include:

Tactical Building Search Theory & Applications Seminar, 2004.
York Regional PD, New Freedom, PA.

Advanced Explosives Detection Seminar, 2005
NASA and Pentagon Police, Greenbelt, MD

Advanced Narcotics & Explosives Detection Seminar, 2006
NC State and local Law Enforcement, NC

Advanced Narcotics & Explosives Detection Seminar, 2007
Central Piedmont Community College, Huntersville, NC

Police K-9 & SWAT Applications Seminar, 2007
Charlotte-Mecklenburg PD, Charlotte, NC

Advanced Explosives Detection – Police K-9 & SWAT Applications, 2007
Eglin Air Force Base, Fort Walton Beach, FL

Advanced Explosives Detection – Police K-9 & SWAT Applications, 2007
Olive Security Training Center, Nesbit, MS

Basic Search and Rescue Techniques Seminar, 2007
National Police and Fire, Sao Paulo, SP Brazil

Advanced Search and Rescue Techniques Seminar, 2008
National Police and Fire, Sao Paulo, SP Brazil

Search and Rescue Fundamentals Seminar, 2008
Office of Homeland Security, Meridian, MS

Tactical Police K-9 Applications and Decoy Techniques, 2008
 Policial Jundiai. Jundiai, SP Brazil

Advanced Explosives Detection – Police K-9 & SWAT Applications, 2008
 Brazilian Marine Corps. Central Nuclear Technology Center, Ipero, SP Brazil

Police Canine Decoy Seminar, 2009
State and local Law Enforcement, NC

Police Canine Applications Seminar and Certification, 2009
American Police Dog Tactics Association, Robbinsville, NC

K9 Unit Management and Supervision Seminar, 2009
Marietta Police Department, Marietta, GA

Police K9 Handler School & Advanced Detection and Interdiction, 2009
Policial Seguridad Vial, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Search and Rescue Pilot Program, 2009-2011
United States Army Fort Meyer, VA, United States

Police K9 Handler School & Advanced Detection and Interdiction, 2011
Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Abuja, Nigeria

Military K9 Course, Spring, 2012
Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Abuja, Nigeria

Military K9 Course, Summer, 2012
Nigerian Army Corps of Military Police, Abuja, Nigeria

Police K9 Handler School & Advanced Detection and Interdiction, 2012
Infinity Security Group, Abuja, Nigeria

Advanced Explosives Detection and Interdiction, 2012
DeSoto County EMA, NWTF-1, Hernando, MS

 Behavior Problem Solving & Advanced Explosives Detection, 2013
United States Army Fort Meyer, VA, United States