Highland Canine: Professional Dog Training Solutions

Police K9 Training and Sales

Police dogs can be a vital asset to a Law Enforcement, Security, Military or Government organization. Before You Rely on Them, Count on Us.

Founded in 2006, Highland Canine Training, LLC offers quality working dogs to meet the increasingly demanding requirements of today’s Military and Law Enforcement community. Our approach to training police dogs and Police K9 handlers is clearly different. We understand the importance of a well-rounded training curriculum and have developed one that is proven to get results. Our innovative approach to training police dogs and police K9 handlers is one that is truly unmatched in the industry. As such, the K9 teams that we produce consistently get results in the field!

As current and former law enforcement, military, and search and rescue dog handlers, we understand how important it is to have a sound, reliable police dog partner in the field. Therefore, we take great pride in the Police K9 training programs that we have developed and the quality handler education that we deliver. Over the past decade, through self-funded K9 research and development, we have created training programs for police dogs and handlers that work to obtain the highest level of impact in the field.

Police Dogs You Can Count On!

We provide some of the finest quality imported dogs from Europe for our Police K9 and Military K9 training programs.  These dogs are meticulously selected to ensure their trainability, sound temperament, drives, and sociability.  Dogs selected for our Police K9 Training Programs come with an industry leading two-year health guarantee, current vaccinations, microchips as well as hip, elbow, and spine x-rays.

Whether you are looking for “green dogs” for an in-house training program or a fully trained police dog, we offer a variety of dogs and training programs to serve our law enforcement and  military clients.  We can provide you with dual purpose as well as single purpose dogs and can customize training for dogs to meet specific departmental or agency needs. 

With our GSA Schedule 84 Contract we can offer most agencies discounted pricing and affordable rates on our dogs and training programs.

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Better Police Dogs

Science-Based, Research Driven Police K9 Training

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Even though the police k9 training industry has evolved over the past 30 years, much of what takes place in the industry continues to revolve around outdated and ineffective training methods and philosophies.  As such, we are dedicated to research and development programs designed to create more safe and effective police k9 and military working dog teams.

We continue to examine every aspect of how we train police dogs and handlers to determine areas for improvement with the understanding that operational efficiency is paramount.  As a result, we consistently improve our police k9 training and handler education programs.

Critical to a majority of police dogs is the ability to effectively and safely perform detection functions.  As such, much of our research and development has focused on the detection capabilities and reliability of K9 teams.  This approach has allowed us the opportunity to create detection dog teams that are far more effective in operational environments.

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Drug Dogs

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Our rigorous training processes and commitment to detection research provide the most reliable and effective drug dogs in the industry.

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Bomb Dogs

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We understand that well-trained and handled bomb dogs are the best tool to combat domestic and international terrorist threats.

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Patrol Dogs

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Performance is critical when faced with deadly threats. As such, our police patrol dogs are trained to meet each threat.

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Trailing Dogs

Trailing dogs are a vital asset to many agencies. When people are missing or suspects are on the run, every moment counts.

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K9 Supervisor Training

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The role of the K9 Supervisor is paramount and we offer the most comprehensive K9 Supervisor training available in the country today.

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Police K9 Seminars

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We offer a variety of seminars and customized courses to meet your needs.  Best of all, we bring these seminars to you.

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Military K9 Training

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We also offer dogs and training for today’s military.  We have trained military units in the US and across the globe.

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Better K9 Handler Training

Increasing the Standard for Handler Education

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Scenario-Based Police K9 Training

Engaging dog teams in real-world scenarios during training is the most effective method for preparing them for operational environments.  We employ scenario-based training in each of our police k9 handler courses and trainers schools to ensure that we create the most effective teams possible.  Our scenario-based training mimics real-life events that handlers are likely to be faced with in the field.

The stagnant training techniques that have been used for years in the k9 community will continue to produce mediocre results.  Scenario-based police k9 training has proven to be effective in raising the confidence of the handler prior to field operations as well as developing k9 teams that are safer. Our experienced staff of instructors have years of operational experience that allows us to create the most life-like scenarios possible.

Police K9 Handler Training

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Our police K9 handler courses are offered at our dog training center in North Carolina and generally last for either 3 or 4 weeks. Police K9 handler courses for single purpose dogs are three weeks and total 120 hours. Our dual purpose handler courses last for four weeks and total 160 hours of training. We include basic equipment, course materials, and lodging with the purchase of any or our working dogs.

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We offer the most comprehensive Police K9 Handler Training programs available in the industry. Our courses are taught by experts in the industry with real-life experience.  With police and military backgrounds, our instructors understand the environments and difficulties that are faced by handlers and can help to better prepare handlers for the field.  We utilize a proven curriculum for our handler courses and each handler is provided with individual instruction and opportunities to get answers to questions that they have.  Our handler training takes you step-by-step through each aspect of the police dogs training in a way that is easy to understand and apply.  Unlike many other programs, we teach handlers the basic fundamentals of how their dogs were trained.  This knowledge and understanding provides major benefits when problem solving any issues that arise in later training or field activities.  Our handlers courses include handouts and workbooks that are yours to keep to serve as a reference.

Police K9 handler training courses can be customized to fit departmental needs and are taught by current and former law enforcement and military handlers. The course includes real-life, scenario based police K9 training and lecture on topics such as Basic and Advanced Obedience, Record Keeping and Report Writing, Tactical Building Searches, Proper Decoy Techniques, Channeling the Police Dog through Drive, Felony Vehicle Stops / High Risk Apprehensions, Tactical Tracking / Trailing, Establishing an Effective Perimeter for Patrol, Conducting Proper Demonstrations, Canine Case Law, Effective Prosecution of K9 Detection Cases, Care and Maintenance, and First Aid, and much more.  Learn more about our Police K9 Handler Training

We also offer free in-service training and problem solving sessions, included with all of our working dog packages, for the life of the dog. Contact Us to Learn More!

Police K9 Certification

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Certification and Validation of K9 teams is an important aspect of police k9 training.  Certification demonstrates reliability in the field and develops credibility in court.  Therefore, we offer a variety of options to ensure that our police dogs are certified in a way that meet departmental needs.  At the end of each handler school, we offer our scenario-based certification so that teams are ready to hit the streets, day one.  We also offer annual re-certification for FREE for agencies who have purchased dogs from us.

In addition, we can also train police dogs to exceed the requirements of the certifying body used by your agency.  Over the years we have trained dogs to meet the standards of the United States Police Canine Association (USPCA), North American Police Work Dog Association (NAPWDA), National Narcotic Detector Dog Association (NNDDA), International Police Work Dog Association (IPWDA), and many others.

Police K9 Trainer Courses

Become a Police K9 Instructor

Want to learn how to train police dogs?  Often, agencies have personnel filling the role of  instructors or trainers without the proper education or experience to gain the most return on investment from their K9 program. Agencies can see vast benefits from having formally trained police k9 instructors within their department.  By having professionally trained instructors and supervisors, agencies can quickly increase efficiency and safety while reducing agency liability.

We offer a variety of programs and courses to give you the knowledge and skills that you need to become an effective and knowledgeable Police K9 trainer and instructor. Our School for Dog Trainers boasts some of the most comprehensive training courses for those who are looking to get the most from their canine education. We offer 6, 8 and 12-week Police K9 Trainer / Instructor courses so that you can learn as much as you want.

Our courses are designed to give you the knowledge you need through lectures and discussion, but more importantly, our courses give you the hands-on training and experience that you will need to be successful.  In our Police K9 Instructor Courses you will learn various aspects of training drug and bomb dogs, police patrol dogs, tracking / trailing dogs in addition to techniques for effectively training police k9 handlers.

Our School for Dog Trainers is licensed by the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges. The North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges is not an accrediting agency.  Our 12-week Police K9 Instructor Course accepts GI Bill and VA Benefits for those who are eligible and wish to attend. We also offer fully furnished, on-site housing for those who attend our programs as well as transportation and airport pickup for those traveling to our School for Dog Trainers.  Government agencies are also eligible for reduced pricing on our programs through our GSA Schedule.  Learn more about our Police K9 Instructor / Trainer Courses

Global Solutions

Offering K9 Solutions Worldwide

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Expert K9 Training Offered Worldwide

As part of our continued commitment to increase the industry standard for working dogs, we are proud to offer our services globally.  We offer:

Customized K9 Training
K9 Seminars
K9 Research & Development Programs
Expert Consulting
K9 Team Evaluations

For years, we have worked with law Enforcement, Military, NGO and Security agencies across the world to help them develop stronger working dog programs.  We offer customized training packages to meet your individual needs.  For more information, contact us.

Police K9 Seminars and Training

As a working dog handler it is imperative to stay up-to-date on the latest techniques and methods of training.  For some, effective and concise in-service Police K9 Training can be difficult to attain. We strive to offer a variety of affordable, succinct courses that offer the training and information that handlers are eager to learn through our comprehensive Police K9 Seminar series.  This instructive series of seminars allow departments to choose the information that they want to bring to their handlers.  Our seminars can also be combined or customized to meet departmental needs.  Our Seminars are affordable and informative and best of all, we bring them to you.  Learn more about our Police K9 Seminars.

Some of the Police K9 Seminars that we offer include:

Advanced Detection and Interdiction Seminar
Basic Patrol K9 Seminar
Cadaver Detection Seminar
Detection Problem Solving Seminar
E-collar Techniques and Applications Seminar
Identifying and Resolving Behavior Problems in Working Dogs Seminar
K9 Case Law Seminar
K9 Management & Supervision Seminar
Police K9 Decoy Seminar
Police K9 & SWAT Applications Seminar
Police K9 Patrol Problem Solving Seminar
Tactical Building Search Seminar
Tactical Obedience Seminar
Tactical Tracking Seminar

Get in Touch!

If you have any questions or need more information on our Police K9 Training, Dogs, Seminars or other services, don't hesitate to contact us toll-free at 800.406.3243