Dog Training Statesville NC

Dog Training Statesville NC

Professional Dog Training Programs in North Carolina

Offering Quality Dog Training Solutions in Statesville

Trusted, reliable solutions for our clients in Iredell County

Headquartered in the heart of North Carolina, Highland Canine Training, LLC provides a wide range of dog training services in Statesville and the surrounding areas. We are able to offer in-home dog training, private lessons and behavior modification, in addition to search and rescue training and other specialized teaching at our dedicated dog training facility in Harmony, NC.

Over several years, Highland Canine has developed a reputation for diagnosing and resolving problematic dog behaviors. Our goal is to provide our clients in Statesville 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 and young, big and 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.

Highland Canine Training, LLC 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.

Questions? Speak with Stasia today at (919) 371-6067 for more details!

Stasia Dempster

Your Statesville, NC Dog Trainer

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Stasia moved to North Carolina from Clermont, FL. Having worked with a variety of animal species her entire life, she has trained dogs recreationally since she was ten years old, when she joined 4H with her Golden Retriever. While involved in 4H, she did conformation events, agility and obedience training. Eventually she began training both dogs and horses, utilizing species specific learning theory to achieve training goals and effectively modify unsafe or undesirable behavior.

Stasia began training professionally in college, where she used her knowledge of animal behavior to helps other students and families train their personal dogs. While in college, Stasia studied psychology, biology and ethology, graduating with a degree in psychology and another in communications and public relations.

After taking a short break to pursue a career in communications, Stasia realized that working with animals was her passion – one which transformed into a calling. She worked in a high traffic kennel environment, and as a veterinary technician for a mobile clinic in Florida. While at this clinic she assisted the lead doctor in clinical veterinary behavioral diagnosis and treatment of disorders in companion animals.

Stasia graduated from the Master Dog Trainer program at the School for Dog Trainers with honors, where she was certified to train pet dogs, police and military K9s, search and rescue dogs and service dogs. She works with the aim of optimizing every dog’s potential and enabling their human owners to see the unexplored capabilities of their canine companion.

“Many of the issues experienced in human to dog – and vice versa – interactions are the unfortunate result of miscommunications and an inability to understand each other,” says Stasia. “I realize that, much like us, every dog is an individual and consequently must be treated as such. I use a balanced and individualized training approach for each client I work with, providing you and your family with a dog able to coexist with and thrive in your unique lifestyle.

“By learning to understand and listen to what your dog is trying to tell you, both of your lives can change drastically. Often, even small lifestyle tweaks can make a significant difference in your results. Many times, in the process of ‘teaching’ their dog new things, people discover that their pup also has a lot to teach them.”

Stasia also specializes in training search and rescue dogs and detection disciplines. She is certified by FEMA as a Canine Search Specialist and trains trailing dogs, HRD K9s, urban disaster search dogs and wilderness area search dogs. Her thorough knowledge of canine olfaction, physiology and psychology enables her to provide her clients with a unique understanding of their dogs potential in a variety of disciplines.

Stasia currently owns three dogs – Sophie, a seven year old Labrador mix; Lylah, a four year old German Shepherd; and Castora, a two year old Belgian Groenendael.

Dog Training Locations

Stasia proudly offers professional dog training services in:

  • Statesville
  • Troutman
  • Lake Norman
  • Mooresville

FREE Evaluations are available! Contact Stasia for more details.

Dog Training Services

Affordable Dog Training that Gets Results!

We are proud to offer a variety of dog training programs in the Statesville area. A few of our services include:

Behavior Modification (fear, aggression, jumping, chewing, biting, running away, etc.)
Basic and Advanced Obedience
Group Dog Training Lessons
Private Dog Training Lessons
Protection Dog Training
Trailing & Search and Rescue Training
Trick Training
Other dog training services are available – please contact Stasia with specific requests for your dog.


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We are proud to offer a variety of dog training services in Statesville and the surrounding areas. These include:

Our private lessons and behavioral modification programs are designed to help you achieve longlasting results with your dog. 

With private lessons, our trainers come to your home on a weekly basis for a one hour appointment. After assessing the current situation for you and your dog, our trainers use their expertise and experience to develop an action plan to help resolve troublesome behaviors. In addition to correcting your dog’s behavior, we also understand the importance of teaching owners the best way to maintain these for the future. 

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


Our range of group dog training classes is an ideal way to socialize your dog in a safe environment. Meeting other pups and new people in a group class is a great way to give your dog mental and physical stimulation.

We offer a range of group training classes for clients in Statesville and the surrounding areas, usually based at our canine training facility in Harmony, NC. Our curriculum includes basic obedience, advanced obedience, tracking, agility and trick training, among others. The classes typically run for six weeks, with classes taking place once a week.  

For more information on upcoming group dog training classes taking place in the Statesville area, take a look at our calendar, or contact Stasia today!

With their enhanced sense of smell,  impeccable hearing and lasting endurance, dogs are often regarded as the most valuable resource in efforts to locate missing individuals.

At Highland Canine, we recognize the importance of training search and rescue dogs and offer comprehensive programs for handlers and dogs. Our facility is equipped with a functional rubble pile and a regulation FEMA agility course, with acres of wilderness and bodies of water enabling rigorous training.  

Search and Rescue dogs can be trained in tracking, trailing, land or water cadaver, amongst several other skills. If you have a search and rescue dog you wish to train, or are interested in a SAR certification program, contact us today for more information!

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