Dog Training Galax VA
Professional Dog Training Programs in Virginia
Offering Quality Dog Training Solutions in Galax
Proven, trusted solutions to build relationships between dogs and their owners
Highland Canine Training, LLC provides a wide range of dog training services in Galax, VA and the surrounding areas. Our professional dog trainer, Wendy Hasenbalg, has the experience and knowledge to help you resolve even the most problematic of dog behaviors.
Over several years, Highland Canine Training has developed a reputation for diagnosing and resolving troublesome dog behaviors. Our goal is to provide our clients in southern Virginia with the dog training solutions they require to effectively deal with every type of issue, covering everything from simple obedience training, to more troublesome aggression and behavioral problems.
We work with all types of dogs – old or young, big or small – and specialize in dogs which other trainers consider “hard to train”. We have successfully rehabilitated hundreds of dogs which others have suggested should be euthanized.
For our clients in Galax, we offer private lessons, group classes and board and train programs. Specialized training is available on request – contact Wendy for more details.
Highland Canine Training offers professional, proven dog training services based on humane and motivational techniques. We treat all dogs and their owners with respect, courtesy and humility, all with the aim of achieving the best possible results for everyone we work with – humans and animals alike.
Your Galax, VA Dog Trainer
Wendy Hasenbalg grew up in Simla, Colorado. She attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado and Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where she played basketball and took coursework in Sports Psychology.
Wendy joined the US Army in July 1996 and served as a Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter Standardization Instructor. She retired from the US Army in 2016 having served for 20 years, including travel to 17 countries and 3 deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Wendy began her retirement in Greenville NC where she interacted with other Veterans and observed the need for support. Her love of training her own dogs (Gabbi, Carson), combined with the sense of support they provided to her, led her to explore dog training on a formal basis. Having worked several hours with her sister-in-law, a member of the K9 unit of the Charles County Sheriff’s Office, to train a newly adopted GSD and observe training of other dogs, Wendy knew that she was on the right path.
In January 2020, she attended the 24-week Master Dog Trainer program at the School for Dog Trainers. She graduated with a Master Dog Trainer Certificate, Student Excellence Certificate and as an Honor Graduate. Her favorite elements of the course were Student Excellence and Service Dog Training, because of the complexity of the puzzles presented.
Wendy currently lives on a 4-acre property with a brook and rolling hills in Fries, Virginia. The location is ideal for providing a safe and interesting environment for dogs and dog owners to train.
Wendy says, “I especially love watching the dogs work, they love to please and want to do everything to be a “good” dog. As humans, we have to figure out what language we need to use to communicate with our dogs.”
Dog Training Locations
Wendy proudly serves the following areas of Virginia:
- Grayson County
FREE evaluations are available. Contact Wendy for details!
Dog Training Programs
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.
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, scent work and puppy classes among others. These classes typically run for six weeks, with classes taking place once a week.
We are proud to offer Board & Train programs for our clients in southern Virginia.
Our Board & Train programs allow you to leave your dog with our professional dog trainer for three or six weeks. During that time, we will work with your dog on a daily basis to resolve problematic behaviors. When you pick up your dog, we’ll show you how to maintain your dog’s new behaviors.
Contact Wendy for more information on our Board and Train programs. Our evaluations are free and our training programs are guaranteed for the life of the dog.