Dog Training Center
The Most Comprehensive Dog Training Center in North Carolina
Our idyllic, rural setting is just 5 minutes from Interstate 77 North of Statesville, NC. Set in its own landscaped grounds totaling some 17+ acres, Highland Canine Training boasts some of the most comprehensive kenneling, dog training and breeding facilities to be found anywhere in Western North Carolina. Highland Canine Training, LLC has acres of landscaped training fields for obedience, tracking, protection, and other dog events. We have facilities for herding, tracking, detection and many other training venues at our dog training center.
Our dog training center is nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains and provides a great environment that is conducive for learning for both dogs and people.
Our separate kennel facilities are cleaned and disinfected several times daily and each dog is allowed free exercise in addition to the time that they are training each day. We offer climate controlled kenneling and can handle dogs with special needs. Over sized kennels are available for large dogs. Every socialized dog has hours of daily playtime with other socialized students. Our kennels include over two acres of secure exercise area. Our huge, landscaped exercise areas are designed with the dog’s happiness and well-being in mind. Our working dog kennels are centrally located near our rubble pile, detection training areas and trailing areas. Our Service Dog Kennels are located near our classroom and are surrounded by a large fenced play area. Our other kennels share an exercise area with the service dogs that can also be used as a safe and secure environment when training dogs. Our kennels are dual licensed and regularly inspected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services. NCDA Boarding Kennel License #11075. NCDA Private Animal Shelter License # 150.
Classroom and Lecture Hall
Instruction for our School for Dog Trainers takes place in a climate controlled classroom adjacent to a fenced outdoor off-leash training yard as well as varied outdoor areas designed to give students the greatest opportunity to gain practical experience. Our classroom is equipped with state of the art audio visual equipment and includes wireless internet access. Our classroom is also available as a study hall for students wishing to study at night.
Rubble Pile and Training Areas
From a rubble pile for Urban Search and Rescue Dog Training to miles of wilderness trails over creeks and meadows for varied tracking and trailing exercises, Highland Canine students are offered a variety of learning environments. Here at Highland Canine Training, LLC, students have access to many different learning environments throughout our dog training center for the best possible training experience.
Our main student housing is a spacious three bedroom / two bath residence conveniently located within walking distance of our kennels and training areas. Our comfortable student housing is a fully furnished 1,900 sq/ft home that comes equipped with two refrigerators, a large freezer, microwave, gas stove, high-speed wireless internet connection, telephone, on-site laundry facilities (washer/dryer), gas fireplace and high definition televisions. Our student housing also offers two spacious decks and a gas grill for cooking outdoors. Our student housing is also handicap accessible.
Located nearby our student housing we have a spacious courtyard that is commonly used for clients to meet with their new dogs. Also close by, we have day kennels that are shaded in the summer months
Our indoor grooming suite is equipped with a state-of-the art grooming tub with a ramp for less agile dogs to climb. We have hot and cold water faucets to ensure the dogs are bathed at the right temperature. Our grooming suite contains hair clippers, shears, nail clippers, a grooming table, and a dryer. Students have access to the grooming suite while they are training, and each dog that boards with us for training receives a bath before going home, as well as anytime they need it during training.
Agility / Challenge Courses
We offer an agility/obstacle course for working dog training and for those dog obedience and behavior modification clients who want more of a challenge for their dog. Our agility area has a multitude of obstacles including an “A” frame, hurdles, see-saw, swinging bridge, a palisade, low crawl, and a catwalk. We also have an agility course that is designed with working dogs in mind, therefore we have many obstacles that are utilized in certifications for police organizations as well as FEMA.
Equipment / Pro Shop
We also have an equipment shop on-site where we manufacture dog training equipment, harnesses, protection equipment, and we can even make repairs. Our shop has two Durkopp Adler Industrial Sewing Machines as well as a large Leather sewing machine. We stock a variety of leathers and nylon materials to meet the needs of our clients. We make a variety of customized equipment including capes, harnesses, and service dog equipment.
Off Site Dog Training Facilities
Because of the central location of our dog training center, we are able to utilize many off-site training facilities for working dog training. We have several large state parks within a short drive of our facility that we often use for tracking/trailing and search and rescue training. We also have several local businesses that allow us access to hundreds of vehicles and tractor trailers for searches and other training. Located within minutes of our dog training facility are several rubble piles that are used for training search and rescue dogs. We also have access to various ponds and lakes for training water cadaver detection dogs.