Debra Folsom

Debra started training Labrador Retrievers for Field Trials in 1979.  Her first two dogs became “Field Champions”.  In 1987 she co-founded Hightest Kennels, a well known, successful, all breed training and breeding kennel near Oroville CA.  As a professional trainer for over 35 years, Debra has a wealth of experience and knowledge working with all breeds of dogs.  Debra sold the kennel business in 2018 and moved to Chico where she continues to pursue her passion of teaching dogs and their owners how to work together as a team becoming totally in tune to each other.  “I will never tire of seeing the joy in an owner’s face when their dog responds to them obediently and behaves in a way they never thought possible!” says Debra.

“Debra understands dogs and knows what they need from their owner to make them react appropriately in public.   I am so happy I contacted her for help.”  Andrea S.
How wonderful to now be able to take advantage of Debra’s decades of canine behavioral knowledge and outstanding professionalism here in Chico.  I was reminded how to train a dog with a loving firm hand.” Lesley


Baylie Hughes

Baylie has been working with dogs all her life. She started training the cattle dogs on the ranch as a child and then working with hunting hounds in her teen years. She began working at Hightest Kennels in 2015 spending four years learning from Debra Folsom the caveats of professionally training all breed obedience and hunting retrievers. Baylie enjoys working with young dogs and puppies encouraging them to enjoy learning and develop their skills. She is excellent at instructing children as well as adults on how to handle their dogs to get the optimum results. The dog owners would always request Baylie to be their instructor when they came to visit the kennel to work with their dogs and were always pleased with the amount of progress she was able to achieve.

“Baylie took the time to train US as well as our dogs!  She’s an amazing trainer and a joy to work with.  She was tender but firm and gave us so much information.  Our dogs are well behaved and we owe it all to Baylie.”   Antonio B.
“I just wanted to thank Baylie for the extra time she spent training Drake and instructing me how to handle him. I took him hunting and his obedience and retrieving skills were awesome. I am so happy and excited to make many more memories with my hunting partner. Thanks again to Baylie”. Ben S.
Chico, California
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