Highland Canine Training, LLC, A Proven Leader in the Dog Training Industry


police k9 training highland canine ncWe offer quality police dogs and training for departments and agencies of all shapes and sizes. Our educational programs for police K9 handlers are second to none. Our training is simple and effective and our dogs get results in the field. We offer quality Police K9 Seminars, Police K9 handler courses, as well as Police K9 Instructor Courses that are affordable and can be customized to meet your departmental or individual needs. We do not take a “cookie-cutter” approach to training police dogs as we know that the needs of each department and community are different. Our programs and courses are taught by experienced handlers and former K9 unit supervisors with experience in the field. We have considerable experience in teaching new and inexperienced handlers as well as working with experienced handler to improve their performance and skill set. All of our courses are taught with an emphasis and focus on learning how to effectively problem solve situations that may arise in the course of field activities. Armed with this information, we experience that handlers and dog teams perform more efficiently in the field. We also offer consulting and can help your agency set up a new K9 program that will be efficient and successful.

Highland Canine Training, LLC began operations in 2006 in Harmony, North Carolina.  Our owner and head trainer, Erin and Jason Purgason had both had successful law enforcement careers which included handling and training police dogs as well as managing the K9 depart for a Police Agency.  So, while Erin and Jason’s goal was to build a dog training company to cover many facets of the industry, Training Police & Military dogs has been at the core of our business since its very beginning.  As a result of the success we have had in the field of Police and Military dog training since our inception, in early 2014, Highland Canine Training was awarded a Schedule 84 contract with the General Services Administration that allows us to offer our Police and Military Dogs, Seminars and K9 Instructor Programs to federal buyers.  At Highland Canine Training, LLC we are proud to have a staff of qualified, professional dog trainers that offer dog training services throughout the Southeast. Our trainers are dedicated to providing quality solutions to fit the needs of our clients and their dogs.


We offer a variety of dog training programs, courses and seminars to provide our clients with a one stop solution for their Working Dog and Handler needs.

police k9 sales and trainingOur K9 Instructor Programs include our Police K9 Instructor Course, the Detection K9 Instructor Course, the Police K9 Handler Training Course and the K9 Supervisor Training course.  Our Police K9 Instructor Courses are designed to teach attendees what they need to know to be effective Police K9 instructors for all types of working dogs. The Police K9 Handler Training Course utilizes scenario based training to develop handling and working skills as well as build a solid foundation between dog and handler which results in success when transferred to the field.  The K9 Supervisor Training course is designed for agency supervisors or administrators to ensure K9 units remain productive and to ensure a solid return on the investment of your K9 teams.  Additionally, the Supervisor Training will assist you in understanding a number of liability and FLSA pitfalls so that you can efficiently and effectively navigate the business application of working dogs and maintain your K9 units viability.

In addition to our Instructor Programs and Training Courses, Highland Canine Training offers a variety Police K9 seminars taught by dog training experts with working experience in the subjects.  Seminars are offered either on location or at our dog training center, depending on your needs, budget and facilities. Our seminars can be customized to meet the individual requirements of each department or agency and seminars can also be combined to meet various time frames if necessary.

Our Mission: We strive to provide the highest level of canine education to foster the best relationship possible between human and dog. We also make every effort to provide quality working dogs to serve as a model within the communities where they serve.

Jason Purgason, Training Director

jason purgason police k9 instructorAs the Training Director and Lead Course Instructor for Highland Canine Training, Jason Purgason has over twenty years of experience working with dogs.  A former Police Canine Handler, K9 Unit Supervisor and Narcotics supervisor, Jason conducts police canine handler courses as well as trainers courses, seminars and all working dog training.  Jason earned his Police K9 Instructor‘s Certification and has trained canines in the areas of Narcotics Detection, Explosives Detection, Police Patrol, Urban Disaster, Scent Discrimination Tracking and Cadaver Detection. He has trained over 450 working dogs and handlers for detection, police patrol and search and rescue.  Jason has also been an instructor at the K9 Cop Magazine Conference, Police K9 Magazine Conference, H.I.T.S. K9 Conference as well as other similar national events.

Erin Purgason, Owner – Instructor

erin purgason owner highland canine trainingOur Owner and Instructor, Erin Purgason has over 10 years of experience as an active full-time law enforcement officer.  Erin’s areas of concentration while on active duty included narcotics and criminal interdiction.  Erin has been training and working with Patrol Dogs, Detection Dogs and Search and Rescue Dogs for more than 12 years.  Additionally, Erin has also worked with dogs in a clinical setting for almost 20 years.  Erin oversees the daily operations of Highland Canine Training, LLC and manages the personnel and administrative aspects of the business. She also instructs at our School for Dog Trainers and brings her expertise to our students.


Gary Simpson, Instructor

Gary Simpson Police K9 InstructorSgt. Gary Simpson has recorded over 3700 training hours with a focus in Advanced Criminal Interdiction. He has conducted training from Colorado to Florida in the field of Criminal Interdiction dealing with bulk currency seizures, narcotic seizures, use of K-9 and hidden compartments. Gary has also been an active instructor for US Customs and the NCEA for several years in the field of Advanced Patrol & Criminal Interdiction.  He is currently serving as an interdiction officer with a local North Carolina Sheriff’s Office where he works in an interdiction capacity along with his Labrador, K9 “Abby”.


Corey Archer. Instructor – Police K9 Trainer

corey archer police k9 instructor alabamaCorey has been handling working dogs for over 15 years and brings this experience and knowledge to our clients in Alabama.  He also  assists in conducting handler courses, seminars and regularly instructs at Highland Canine Training, LLC’s School for Dog Trainers.  In addition to his work for Highland Canine Training, Corey is currently a dog handler for an Alabama Police Department.  Corey specializes in all aspects of the working dog field and works as a decoy.  Corey has helped to train both Law Enforcement and Military handlers in Police Patrol, Narcotics, Explosives, Cadaver, Trailing and Search and Rescue.






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