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OUR SCHOOL FOR DOG TRAINERS IS the global leader in canine education

For more than a decade, the School for Dog Trainers at Highland Canine Training, LLC has been providing proven curriculum that has led to developing industry leading trainers across the globe.  Over the years, our School for Dog Trainers has hosted students from more than 30 countries.  We offer the most inclusive canine education programs available in the industry today. 

Unlike many other programs, our school offers you in-depth, hands-on experience that is required to be a successful, professional dog trainer in the industry.  Our School for Dog Trainers gives you all of the tools and information that you need to become competitive in the dog training industry.  Our dog trainer programs teach basic fundamentals of training and learning theory as well as advanced techniques and specialized concepts to create well-rounded professional dog trainers.

Our School for Dog Trainers is unique in that we teach you a variety of ways to accomplish a task or skill with dogs.  We don’t simply teach students one singular method for training dogs.  We place an emphasis on understanding and being able to apply operant conditioning principles as a foundation of becoming a professional dog trainer.  We also focus on teaching students of our School for Dog Trainers other proven techniques of training dogs.

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Over the past decade we have offered sponsorships to individuals outside the United States that allowed them to attend our programs.  Based on the success of this initiative and the need for better canine education globally, we are now offering an International Dog Trainer School Scholarship Program.

Beginning in 2019, the School for Dog Trainers will award a scholarship to one individual from outside the United States to allow them to attend our 24-week Master Dog Trainer Program.  As part of our efforts to increase the standard for canine education, this scholarship will pay for tuition and housing for one individual each year. 

Participants will be required to submit an essay, reference letters, an application and video in order to be eligible.

why our school for dog trainers

With the pet industry market size at more than 69 billion dollars in 2017, there is no better time to start your dog training career.  Our School for Dog Trainers offers a variety of intensive, specialized programs to allow you the opportunity to learn and develop a career in the area that most interests you.  We have programs that are taught by subject matter experts with real-life experience in the field.

Highland Canine Training, LLC is an industry leader in Police and Military working dogs, Service Dog Training & Sales, Commercial K9 Detection, Protection dog training as well as dog obedience and behavior modification.  As such, we not only offer our students academic and theory-based learning but also provide students the opportunity to immerse themselves in various divisions of our business. 

We encourage students to work with as many different types of dogs during our programs as we feel that this is the best way to gain valuable experience as a dog trainer. As such, we have a variety of dogs on-site, at all times, for students to practice with and learn from.

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Our programs are the first and only of their kind to be licensed by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges.  We also have programs approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency. Our curriculum and hands-on instruction is unmatched in the industry.

We understand the financial commitment that comes with attending a professional career development school.  Therefore, we offer low interest financing for all of our School for Dog Trainers programs.  Our programs can be financed through TFC for up to 48 months.

Our graduates consistently succeed in the industry! Our programs produce professional dog trainers who have the skills, knowledge and experience to be competitive in this consistently growing market. Schedule a tour to find out what makes us different.

Our School for Dog Trainers accepts GI Bill and other Veterans Affairs benefits for a number of our programs.  We are approved by the North Carolina State Approving Agency to accept a variety of VA benefits to be able to offer our programs to those who have served.


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Let us help make your dog training career a success!

With the most inclusive canine education available, our School for Dog Trainers will teach you progressive and innovative methods of effectively training dogs and working with people in a way that will make your dog training career a successful one. Unlike most courses, our programs offer you extensive hands-on training that provide you with real-life experience.

At our School for Dog Trainers, our staff of instructors are highly qualified and accomplished individuals that are truly one of a kind. Our instructors and staff come from a variety of experiences, including law enforcement, military, competition and academic backgrounds. Not only do we teach you every aspect of the dog training industry, you will be immersed into an atmosphere alongside our instructors that are training a variety of dogs every day.


Find a program that’s right for you!

At our School for Dog Trainers, we have a variety of educational programs to choose from and many of our courses vary in length to meet your individual needs.  Our comprehensive programs are unmatched in the industry and give you all the skills and hands-on experience you need to be successful! Regardless of your background or experience level, we have a program that’s right for you.

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Upcoming Course Schedule

Our 2018-2019 School for Dog Trainers program schedule is published and our course dates are listed below.  Our dog trainer programs generally fill 6-8 months in advance and space is limited. View our 2018-2019 Program Catalog to see our school calendars and more information.

Winter 2019 Semester
January 7, 2019

Spring 2019 Semester
April 1, 2019

Summer 2019 Semester
July 1, 2019

Fall 2019 Semester
September 30, 2019


Our School for Dog Trainers offers programs that are unmatched in the industry. We give you all the tools and knowledge to be successful. Learn more about what makes us different.

master dog trainer

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Our most extensive and popular program, the 24-week Master Trainer Program is designed to give you all of the knowledge and experience to be a true competitor in the dog training industry.  Our Master Dog Trainer Program is only offered during our Winter and Summer semesters and is VA approved. learn more

service dog trainer

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If you are interested in training service dogs to help those in need, our 18-week Service Dog Trainer Program is the right course for you and is designed to prepare you for this rewarding work.  Our Service Dog Trainer Program is only offered during our Winter and Summer semesters and is VA approved. learn more

police k9 trainer

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Learning to train and work with Police Dogs is some of the most exciting and interesting work in the industry. Our 12-week Police K9 Trainer Course is available to both civilian and law enforcement / military students.  Our Police K9 Trainer Program is offered during each of our semesters and is VA approved. learn more

Hosting Students from Across the Globe

In the past decade, we have hosted students at the School for Dog Trainers from across the globe.  To date, we’ve had over 30 countries represented as graduates from our school.  Our international dog trainer students come from a variety of backgrounds. Many of our international graduates have gone on to open their own successful dog training businesses in their own countries.  We have also hosted a vast number of students from military, police and other government agencies across the globe.

There are two International airports conveniently located within an hour drive of our school.  For those students from outside the United States, we offer airport pickup and drop off as well as transportation while you are attending school.

Our admissions process for our school is simple, whether you are attending our school from the US or abroad.  Our admissions specialists can assist you with all the paperwork that you need and will answer any questions that you have along the way.

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Contact us, set up a tour and learn more about our admissions.

Gain the knowledge you want

Graduates of our School for Dog Trainers excel in the industry and often open their own dog training business or start working for someone soon after graduation.  The combination of practical, hands-on and classroom training offered by our instructors fully prepares our graduates and gives them the experience to tackle almost anything.

Programs at the School for Dog Trainers teaches you not only how to effectively train dogs but also how to market, advertise and start your own dog training business.  From website design to dealing with clients and employees, our expert staff of instructors give you all the knowledge you need to excel as a professional dog trainer.

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