About Us


Who We Are

Highland Canine Training, LLCOur commitment to excellence and focus on continued customer service make us a leader in the industry.

Highland Canine Training, LLC is a multifaceted dog training business based out of North Carolina. The overall diversity of our business gives us the experience, knowledge and expertise to offer turn-key solutions for the dog training industry. Our kennels and dog training facility are located on a 23+ acre property in the foothills.

Our dog obedience and behavior modification programs provide reliable, simple, and effective solutions to meet the needs of our clients, and are offered throughout the Southeastern United States.  Our trainers are dedicated to providing quality solutions to fit the needs of our clients and their dogs.  We specialize in problematic dog behaviors and regularly work with dogs and problems that other trainers will not.

Our School for Dog Trainers began in 2006 and and hosted its first international student from Tokyo, Japan along with other students from the US.  Since then, we have trained scores of dog trainer students from across the globe who have gone on to be successful, professional dog trainers in the industry.  Our graduates often become leaders in the industry who offer professional dog training solutions to the clients that they serve.

We have developed an unsurpassed service dog program that offers vast benefits for our clients at competitive pricing.  Among many of the advantages that we offer is worldwide delivery.  We bring your newly trained service dog to you and show you how to work with it in your home, school and community.  Because of our ability to offer custom trained dogs and our commitment to customer care and service, we have come to be the premier provider for service dogs throughout the US.

Highland Canine Training, LLC offers quality working dogs to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of today’s military and law enforcement agencies.   We specialize in creating effective detection and police dog teams through structured training processes and solid handler education.  We also offer our consulting, training and educational programs on location, throughout the United States and worldwide, through our series of comprehensive seminars.

Our History

2006 – Highland Canine Training, LLC opened as a full-service dog training facility with its corporate office located in the foothills of North Carolina.

2006 – Highland Canine Training, LLC officially began offering canine education programs through our School for Dog Trainers.

2009 – After seeing a considerable need for affordable and well trained service dogs for those with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Highland Canine Training, LLC officially launched our service dog training division, Assistance Dogs for Autism.

2010Partnered with DASHA (Dedicated Animals Serving Humans Always), a non-profit organization in Puerto Rico to provide service dogs to those in need on the island.

2011 – Kress Walters, our Charlotte, NC Dog Trainer, was added to our team.  He offers in-kennel dog training at our facility in Harmony, NC as well as offering professional dog training services to our clients in the Charlotte, Metro area.

2011 Highland Canine Training, LLC announced that Corey Archer would begin offering services as our Alabama Dog Trainer to serve clients in the Southeast US.

2012 – Assistance Dogs for Autism, our service dog training division,  had successfully trained and placed over 50 service dogs across the United States and Caribbean.

2013 – Our School for Dog Trainers had reached over 200 alumni from 28 countries around the world including Europe, Australia, Africa, Asia, North America and South America.

2014 – Rachelle Buckner, our Dallas Texas Dog Trainer, was added to our team.  She offers a variety of dog training programs, from obedience to service dog training. Her location adds convenience for clients in the Southwest US.

2014 – Through our Second Chance Program, we have helped rehabilitate and re-home over 300 dogs from area shelters and rescue groups.  Our Second Chance Program was developed to help shelters and rescues by training and rehabilitating their most problematic dogs at no cost.

2016 – After years of research and development, we launched our EPIC (Explosive plume Interdiction Canine TM) program to provide better Explosive Detection Canine teams to increase security and deter threats.

2018 – The launch of our podcast A Life of Dogs came in February with our first episode “One Man’s Trash..”  which received remarkable reviews and feedback.

Licensing and Approvals

NCDA_-greenBGWe are licensed and inspected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services as a Commercial Boarding Kennel, License #11075 and as a Private Shelter, License #150.

ATF licensing for detection dogsWe are licensed by the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms as a User of Explosives, so that we can obtain and maintain explosive compounds for detection dog training.

dps logoHighland Canine Training, LLC is licensed by the NC Private Protective Services Board to train Personal Protection, Guard and Police Dogs.

nc community collegesOur School for Dog Trainers is the first and only of its kind to be licensed by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges, Office of Proprietary Schools.  All of our programs are approved annually by the NC Board of Community Colleges.

US-DeptOfVeteransAffairs-Seal-LargeA number of our programs at our School for Dog Trainers are approved for GI Bill and other Chapter 33 benefits through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, allowing veterans and their families to attend our programs.

gsa logoHighland Canine Training, LLC was awarded a Schedule 84 Contract with the General Services Administration.  GSA Contract Holder GS-07F-231BA.  This allows Federal and government buyers greater access to our programs and services.


Your Team of Professionals

  • Jason Purgason

    Training Director – Jason Purgason is the Training Director of Highland Canine Training, LLC and has over…

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  • Erin Purgason

    Owner / Instructor – Erin has been a sworn law enforcement officer in North Carolina since 2002.…

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  • Brandi Wallwork

    Service Dog Coordinator – Brandi Wallwork recognizes how important it is that every dog owner be able…

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  • Christine Anderson

    Instructor – Christine Anderson retired as a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy after 20 years…

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  • Gena Jonas

    Trainer – A retired New York City Police officer who spent a majority of her career in…

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  • Gabriela Fred

    Trainer – Gabriela specializes in offering our In-Kennel Training as well as private lessons for clients with…

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Real Solutions

We offer turn-key solutions for any of your dog training and canine education program needs. We work with both government and non-government organizations and our services are offered worldwide.


Built on a foundation of honesty, excellence, and integrity, we have established the standard in the industry based on our meticulous training and uncompromising ethics.

Experience & Service

Our trainers have years of experience training a variety of dogs and we understand the importance and value of great customer care.


We offer a variety of professional dog training services and educational programs.

  • In Kennel Training
  • In Home Training
  • Group Class Dog Training
  • Behavior Modification
  • Police & Military K9 Sales
  • School for Dog Trainers
  • Commercial Detection Services
  • Service Dogs & Training
  • Customized Dog Training Programs
  • Personal Protection Dogs
  • Search & Rescue Dog Training