About Our School for Dog Trainers

A few words about us

School for Dog Trainers
Our dog training programs will provide you with all the skills and experience you need to start your dog training career.


At our School for Dog Trainers, you will acquire the quality theoretical and classroom instruction that will provide you with the knowledge to ensure your success as a professional dog trainer. You will also receive unparalleled, hands-on training opportunities that offer you the experience that you need to be a competent and successful professional dog trainer.

Offering a variety of progressive and innovative dog training programs, our School for Dog Trainers is the best place to begin your canine career.  Combining classroom lectures and discussions with essential hands-on training, our dog training programs offer you experience that you can’t get anywhere else.


Located in North Carolina, our School for Dog Trainers and dog training facilities are nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Convenient to Charlotte, Mooresville and Lake Norman, NC, our dog trainer school is a great place to learn. Our 20+ acre training facility, just minutes from our school, has specialized areas for training a variety of dogs. For specialized training of service dogs, police dogs and detection dogs, we also utilize a variety of off-site facilities, such as schools, malls, etc. Our training facility includes on-site kennels, student housing and multiple training areas designed for obedience, detection, agility and more. Our school and dog training facilities are designed for optimum learning and hands-on practical experience. A full-time staff maintains and manages our on-site kennels; students are NOT required to participate in a “work detail program” or clean kennels, allowing them to focus on their education as they learn to be a dog trainer.

Our experienced staff of instructors creates a team of professionals that is unmatched in the industry. Our lectures, demonstrations and hands-on training sessions are simple and easy to comprehend. Coming from a variety of backgrounds, our instructors will provide you the experience and support you need to be successful in a competitive market. Our staff of instructors not only teach at our School for Dog Trainers, most of them also operate successful dog training businesses.

WHAT we offer

Simple and affordable financing options.

We know that paying for your canine education can be a challenge, so we offer fast and affordable financing for all of our dog trainer school programs.  Financing is available for all students living in the US and it’s territories. Learn more about financing your canine education.

Affordable, on-site student housing.

Housing at our School for Dog Trainers is only $100 per week.  Our student housing is fully furnished including, WiFi, television, a full kitchen and laundry facilities.   Students are also allowed to keep their dogs in student housing with them. Learn more about our student housing.

A host to students from around the globe.

We offer free airport pick up and transportation for students traveling from out of town or from across the globe.  We can assist you with any necessary documentation required to attend our school for dog trainers.  Learn more about programs and accommodations for our international students here.

Federal buyer or government agency?

Since all of our programs are offered on our GSA Schedule, Federal agencies and other qualified government entities can sign up for our programs and simply purchase them through GSA Advantage or contact our office for more information.  GSA Contract Holder GS-07F-231BA

Our Instructors

  • Jason Purgason
    Jason Purgason is the Training Director of Highland Canine Training, LLC and the lead course...
  • Erin Purgason
    Erin is a sworn law enforcement officer with over 10 years of experience as an...
  • Gary Simpson
    Instructor: K-9/ICE Sergeant Gary Simpson Criminal Justice Degree from Southwestern College With 20 years of...
  • Kress Walters
    Kress Walters serves both as an instructor and trainer at our School for Dog Trainers...
  • Corey Archer
    Corey has been handling working dogs for over 15 years and brings this experience and...
  • Steve Russo
    A full-time police officer and police K9 handler, Steve brings his skills and experience to...
  • Col. Jeff Jordan
  • Brandi Wallwork
    Brandi serves as the Service Dog Coordinator for our Assistance Dogs for Autism program in...
  • Jerry Pardue
    Jerry Pardue is a 1972 graduate of Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science...