Dog Training Charlotte NC

Dog Training Charlotte, NC

Offering Reliable, Expert and Proven Dog Training Services

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 services in the Greater Charlotte, NC area.  We are well-respected in Charlotte and the surrounding areas, with an unmatched reputation throughout North Carolina and the Southeast as a whole for our ability to successfully diagnose and rehabilitate problem dog behaviors. Our goal is to provide dog training clients in Charlotte with 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. 

We offer the following dog training services for our clients in the Charlotte, NC area:

Our dedication to our clients in Charlotte – and our reliable approach to training dogs and people – make us a leader in the industry. We offer 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, NC Dog Trainers

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Kress Walters

Kress has been a valuable member of our dog training team for a number of years. He has helped hundreds of dog owners in Charlotte by resolving behavioral issues using our trusted, proven dog training methods.

Kress primarily offers In Kennel training based at our dedicated dog training facility. He also serves the following areas of Charlotte for clients who require Private Lessons:

Pineville, South Park, Southend, Steele Creek and Uptown Charlotte.

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Meadow Maddalone

Meadow possesses training experience with a variety of dog breeds. She uses this experience to teach dogs to perform consistent, reliable behaviors – helping to enhance the human-canine relationship in the process.

Meadow offers group classes to our clients living in Charlotte and the surrounding areas. She also serves the following areas of Charlotte for clients requiring Private Lessons:

Fort Mill, Matthews, Midland, Mint Hill, Monroe, Tega Cay, Waxhaw & Wingate.

Dog Training Services

Effective and Reliable Dog Training in Charlotte, NC

Our trainers work with all dogs regardless of breed, size, age or previous behavioral issues. Exercising patience and a methodical approach, we work with dogs and their owners to ensure that training is conducted correctly, not rushed. We take the necessary 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.

We offer private lessons, in-home and in kennel training. Each client’s wants and needs are different. Working together, our trainers will work with you to determine the right training and necessary programs for you

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 Questions? Speak with Kress today at (704) 430-4983 and find out how he can help!

Kress Walters

Expert Dog Training in Charlotte, NC

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Kress utilizes quick and easy methods for training and teaching pet dog owners. His 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 utilized 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’s Dog Training Philosophy

Working with clients throughout the Charlotte, NC area, Kress consistently works with clients that have dogs with behavioral issues. If you are frustrated by your dog displaying any of these potentially problematic behaviors, Kress can help identify – and rectify – the issue:

  • Barking
  • Biting
  • Fighting
  • Phobias
  • Fear aggression
  • Territorial aggression
  • Shyness
  • Destructive behavior

Kress 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. Using a patient and methodical approach, Kress ensures that training is conducted correctly. Our services include Private Lessons, In-Home Training as well as In Kennel Training, and Kress can discuss your concerns with you to help you decide on the best training option for your dog.

Kress also 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.

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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. 

Sully’s exploits in dock diving were recently featured on an episode of the podcast, A Life of Dogs. Click here to listen to Kress and Sully’s inspirational story!

Kress also specializes in teaching agility, K9 Scentwork, Protection dog training and other activities that challenge dogs both mentally and physically, and has also worked as a volunteer with a local Charlotte 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 (APDT), Member #80023. 

Dog Training Locations

Kress proudly serves the following areas:

  • Southend
  • South Park
  • Pineville
  • Steele Creek
  • Uptown Charlotte, NC.

FREE evaluations are available.  Contact Kress for details!

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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 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!

Our Charlotte 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 – be sure to contact Kress to discuss which of our dog training solutions is right for you.

What Our Clients Say...

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 – here is a selection of their comments!

charlotte nc dog training behavior problemsOur 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!”

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 gives us the opportunity to work with your dogs multiple times per day, and is often an ideal program for owners wishing to rehabilitate problem behaviors such as aggression, phobias, biting, extreme shyness, etc. In kennel training also offers socialization with a variety of people and other dogs at our facilities.  We offer climate controlled, spacious, indoor kennels at our kennel facility (which is licensed and inspected by the North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services), 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.  

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.

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 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.

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Questions? Speak with Meadow today at (518) 321-3115 and find out how she can help!

Meadow Maddalone

Your Charlotte, NC Dog Trainer

Growing up, Meadow’s family had two dogs, a sugar glider, cats and horses – so she knows a thing or two about being around animals! 

Meadow’s love for dogs has grown ever since she was a young child. At the age of five, she had boxes of stuffed dog toys in her bedroom. She originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but changed her mind after one of her own dogs had to be euthanized. Her love for animals continued to grow, and even though Meadow knew she didn’t have the heart to be a vet, she wanted to make a difference to the canine world by becoming a dog trainer. 

To gain a true understanding of the intricacies of canine behavior, Meadow enrolled in the Master Dog Trainer program at the School for Dog Trainers. She graduated at the top of her class and was one of a handful of inductees into the prestigious Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society.

Meadow has experience with numerous dog breeds. These experiences have taught her that there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to dog training. Each dog has a unique personality and each breed has its own unique characteristics. As Meadow explains, she believes every dog has untapped potential:

“Some of the best animals I have worked with were rescues. I believe that all dogs have the potential to be incredible pets – but their human families have to know how to effectively work with them. Sometimes people have unrealistic expectations for dogs that they can’t fulfill. It is my job to help individuals and families struggling with their dog’s behavior learn how to best work with their pets so that they have a happy, peaceful home life.

I teach dog owners how their dog thinks and why they act the way that they do. I resolve miscommunications so that owners can best understand their dog’s needs. By helping dogs and humans understand each other and communicate effectively, their bond will strengthen dramatically and an incredible relationship can develop.”

Meadow currently lives in Charlotte. She owns Malibu, a working line German Shepherd who was originally in a Police K9 program. Meadow has considered training Malibu for bed bug detection.

Dog Training Locations

Meadow proudly serves the following areas:

  • Mint Hill
  • Matthews
  • Pineville
  • Midland
  • Tega Cay
  • Fort Mill
  • Waxhaw
  • Monroe
  • Wingate

FREE evaluations are available. Contact Meadow for details!

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Dog Training Programs

Meadow offers the following services to our clients in Charlotte:

  • Group Classes

  • Private Lessons

  • Behavior Modification

  • Therapy Dog Training

  • AKC Canine Good Citizen Classes

Meadow is proud to offer a variety of dog training services in Charlotte. These include:

Our trainers offer a wide variety of group dog training classes. This is perfect for socializing your dog in a safe environment. Meeting other pups and different people in a group class setting helps your dog to adapt to new environments and learn new skills.

Our curriculum includes basic obedience, advanced obedience, foundational search and rescue, and puppy classes among others. These classes typically run for six weeks, with classes taking place once a week.  

For more information on upcoming group dog training classes, take a look at our calendar, or contact Meadow today!

Our private lessons and behavioral modification programs help you to achieve the results you need with your dog. 

With private lessons, our trainers come to your home once per week. Following an initial evaluation, our trainers use their knowledge and experience to develop an action plan to help you achieve your goals. We place importance on teaching owners the best way to maintain these behaviors for the future. 

All of our training programs are guaranteed and include free follow-up training for the life of the dog.

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