Dog Training Charlotte NC

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Providing quality dog training solutions to our Charlotte, NC clients, we take pride in being the recommended dog trainer for the Queen City.

Highland Canine Training proudly offers a variety of dog training and dog related services in the Greater Charlotte, NC area. We offer In Home Dog Training, In-Kennel Training, Private Lessons, Behavior Modification and Canine Good Citizen Classes. Highland Canine Training, LLC is well-known in the Charlotte, NC area and throughout the Southeast for our ability to successfully diagnose and rehabilitate problem dog behaviors. Our goal is to provide dog training clients in Charlotte, NC with the dog training solutions that will work for them and their dog to foster better relationships and provide dog training that will endure. We work with dogs of all breeds, sizes and ages and specialize in dogs that others dog trainers consider “hard to train”. Our professional behavior modification programs can eliminate a variety of common dog related problems such as, jumping, pulling, barking, shyness, housebreaking, biting, anxiety, fighting and other common forms of aggression. We have been able to successfully rehabilitate hundreds of dogs that others suggested to euthanize. Kress Walters, our Charlotte, North Carolina dog trainer constantly strives to provide customer service oriented dog training for our clients. This dedication to our clients and our reliable approach to training dogs and people make us a leader in the industry.  Highland Canine Training offers professional, effective dog training services based on humane and motivational techniques. We promise to treat all dogs and their owners with respect and courtesy, and encourage responsible dog ownership. Free evaluations are offered upon request.

Our Charlotte Trainer

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Our Charlotte, NC dog trainer utilizes quick and easy methods for training and teaching pet dog owners. The approach is simple: teach dog owners how to understand and properly communicate with their dogs to create a positive, productive and lasting relationship. Some of the methods of dog training that they utilize for teaching dogs include, Clicker Training, Positive Reinforcement and motivational skills training, as well as remote collar training. Like our other trainers, Kress continues to further his knowledge in the dog training field by attending seminars and classes as well as working with shelter and rescue dogs.

Kress Walters works with dog training clients throughout the Charlotte, NC area. He consistently works with clients that have dogs with behavioral issues to help resolve them. He assists with problems such as barking, biting, fighting, phobias, fear aggression, territorial aggression, shyness, destructive behavior and more. He focuses on teaching owners how to read and understand their dog’s behavior to ensure that they have the knowledge to maintain their dog’s training for life. Kress works with all dogs, regardless of breed, size, age or problem past. Kress is patient and methodical in his approach to working with dogs and their owners and ensures that training is conducted correctly and not rushed. Dog training services offered in Charlotte, NC include Private Lessons, In-Home Training as well as In Kennel Training. Kress can discuss your concerns with you to help you decide on the best training option for your dog.

Kress Walters serves both as an instructor and trainer at our School for Dog Trainers as well as training dogs at our facility in Harmony, NC. Kress specializes in on and off leash training programs as well as rehabilitation programs for dogs with severe behavioral problems. Kress assists with instructing students attending our Canine Training and Behavior Modification Professional Program as well as our Master Trainer Program.

Kress currently owns four dogs, each of which he adopted and continues to train. The latest dog that Kress adopted and rehabilitated is “Sully”. Sully was once a highly aggressive Cockapoo that would have been euthanized without intervention and rehabilitation. As a testament to his dedication to dog training and rehabilitating problem behaviors, Sully has gone on to win awards in the sport of Dock Diving. He excels in agility and performing tricks and Sully is also trained as a bed bug detection dog.

Kress also specializes in teaching agility, K9 Scentwork, Protection dog training and other activities that challenge dogs both mentally and physically. Kress has worked as a volunteer with a local Charlotte, NC rescue organization both as a foster and trainer. He helps increase the dog’s chances of adoption by socializing and correcting misbehaviors. Kress is a member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers, Member #80023.

Dog Training Services

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Kress works with all dogs regardless of breed, size, age or previous behavioral issues. Kress is patient and methodical in his approach to working with dogs and their owners and ensures that training is conducted correctly, not rushed. He takes time to build a relationship with each dog through play, confidence building exercises, and of course a calm demeanor when introducing new concepts and commands.

Training methods are employed based on the needs of the dog and their owner. We use clicker training, positive reinforcement, motivational skills training as well as remote collar training.

Kress can offer private lessons, in-home and in kennel training. Each clients wants and needs are different. Working together, Kress and each client will determine the right training and necessary programs.

Kress proudly serves the following areas: Charlotte, Mint Hill, Stallings, Matthews, Indian Trail, Harrisburg, Weddington, and Mallard Creek, NC. We offer a variety of effective and affordable dog training programs.  Some of our more popular programs include:

In Kennel Dog Training

Our in kennel dog training programs are great for dog owners who simply don’t have time to establish the foundation training that they are looking to develop in their dogs.  In kennel training is often an ideal program for owners wishing to rehabilitate problem behaviors such as aggression, phobias, biting, extreme shyness, etc. Our In kennel dog training programs afford us the opportunity to work with your dog multiple times per day to ensure that the behaviors are established in the most consistent method possible.  In kennel training also affords us the opportunity for socialization with a variety of people and other dogs at our facilities.  We offer climate controlled, spacious, indoor kennels at our facility and all dogs are allowed access to a large, fenced exercise yard.  If you compare our in kennel dog training programs to our competitors, you will find that we offer more affordable solutions with more value for you, while providing proven results that are frequently recommended by our clients.  Our In Kennel dog training programs are veterinarian recommended and  include free follow-up training for as long as you own the dog.  Our kennel facility is licensed and inspected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services.  Learn More about our In Kennel Dog Training.

In Home Dog Training

In-Home Dog Training programs are popular with owners who would prefer not to travel each week for training. It is also a great option for owners with a dog that doesn’t do well in a kennel environment or has medical issues. With our In-Home Dog Training option, the trainer comes to your home several times per week and works with both the owner and the dog(s) to address needs and accomplish training goals. Highland Canine Training Charlotte NC has a variety of In Home programs to choose from and can be designed to meet your needs. We offer a 3 week on-leash program, 3 week off-leash program, 6 week on and off leash program and Behavior Modification program all in the comfort of your home! Contact Kress Walters today to inquire, discuss or schedule a free consultation on our options for dog training in the Charlotte, NC area.

Private Lessons

If you are unable to attend weekly group training or you just wish to be fully involved with your dogs training, you may like our Private Lesson Dog Training option. Private lessons allow our trainer to come to your home to coach you in the proper methods of training and positive reinforcement for your dog’s behavior. The trainer will explain and demonstrate proven training methods as well as identify small mistakes that lead to frustrating misunderstandings for both dogs and their owners. Together with the trainers expertise and the owners hands on experience, this is a rewarding experience for both dog and their owner. Highland Canine Training Charlotte NC offers a variety of private lessons including basic on-leash obedience, off-leash obedience, on and off leash obedience and Behavior Modification. Private lessons meet once a week for 6 weeks.

Behavior Modification

Dog behavior problems make for unhappy owners and unhappy dogs. Sometimes, if severe enough, these issues can unfortunately lead the owner to surrender their family pet or worse. We specialize in dog behavior modification so that we can help owners with some of the most difficult and frustrating behaviors displayed by dogs. These behaviors include: jumping on people, pulling on the leash, biting, nipping, fear, growling, resource guarding, dominance, territorial aggression, fighting and more. Because our emphasis is on dog behavior problems, we have been successful with dogs that other trainers and dog behavior specialists have declined to rehabilitate. We also welcome dogs that are considered “difficult to train” dogs or breeds. Our experience with all types of behavioral problems, as well as our expertise, provide us the rewarding opportunity to work with discouraged and dog owners with the assurance that we can make a difference in their lives. Our goal is to help build a relationship that is lasting and satisfying with their previously problematic dog!

Are you having problems with your dog? Contact Kress Walters today to schedule a free consultation and discuss a program to help you resolve these issues effectively.

Bed Bug Detection

We offer affordable and reliable bed bug detection throughout the Charlotte, NC market as well as the surrounding areas. Bed bug infestations can be a major problem and early detection is critical.  Visual inspections are not reliable and often times, simply do not work.  Properly trained and handled bed bug detection dogs are the most effective method of discovering bed bugs.  We are able to quickly search residential homes, commercial buildings, hotels, theaters and other locations to detect the presence of bed bugs.  Our bed bug detection dog services are affordable and discreet and we can work with you to tailor a schedule and program that works for you.  For more information on our bed bug detection dogs, contact Kress Walters at or 704.430.4983

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What Our Clients Say…

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While offering dog training in Charlotte, NC Kress ensures that each dog and client receives the best training program available. Our clients love working with Kress and this is what they say:

charlotte nc dog training behavior problems“Our dog Watson is a totally different dog since training with Kress. He was patient and willing to work with Watson as long as it took for him to reach his goals. He even went out of his way to pick Watson up and drop him off at our house. He got to know Watson ahead of time to build a rapport. Training with Kress was worth every penny, and then some! THANK YOU! “

Chelsea Balerno


Highland Canine Training, LLC Bella“I had been searching for the right place to send my 4 year old pit/lab mix for behavior modification for several months when I finally found Highland Canine Training. Knowing that Bella was already 4 years old I thought there was no hope for teaching her new behaviors, but after talking with Kress I knew I had found the right place. Bella was hyperactive, uncontrollable, and extremely hard to handle. After the six week class was over I was blown away by just how amazing my Bella was acting. I could never thank Kress and the rest of the Highland staff for everything they did for my precious fur baby. She was in great spirits the day I picked her up, and I could tell just how much love she received throughout her schooling. It has been a couple months since I brought Bella back home, and she continues to amaze me everyday with her obedience skills. I no longer have that annoying dog that just doesn’t listen, I have an obedient dog that does exactly what I want her to do! Thank you again to everyone that helped with Bella, and a special thanks to Kress!! This training school changed our lives together and I would recommend this school to everyone!”

Charlotte’s Best dog training

We offer a variety of dog training and behavior modification programs, including customized courses to fit any lifestyle. Our trainer offers Private Lessons, In-Home training as well as In Kennel Training and dog behavior modification. Our proven training methods will get the results you are looking for with your dog. We offer puppy training, basic on-leash training as well as advanced off-leash training. Our goal is to assist you in taking your dog through all phases of training to ensure that their performance and behavior is reliable in distracting, real world, environments. Our goal is not only to train dogs, but to also teach dog owners on proper methods of training and continued reinforcement to ensure that the training and proper behaviors are maintained for the life of the dog. We also offer training and evaluations for the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen Evaluation.

Highland Canine Training is known throughout the Southeast for its dog behavior modification training to help dog owners solve problems such as: jumping on people, pulling on the leash, biting, nipping, fear, growling, guarding, dominance, phobias, territorial aggression, fighting and more! We specialize in dog behavior problems and have a proven track record for successfully rehabilitating dogs that many other trainers refuse to work with. We also deal with and welcome what are considered difficult and hard to train dogs or breeds. Our experience with “common” and unusual behavioral problems allows us the ability to work with frustrated dog owners with the confidence that we can make a difference and allow them to develop a lasting, rewarding relationship with their previously problematic dog!

Charlotte, NC Dog Trainer, Kress Walters specializes in dog aggression and “hard to train” dogs. Our training techniques and methods are proven to get results with your dog. Contact Our Charlotte dog trainer to discuss which of our dog training solutions is right for you.

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