why us?

Black Dog Kennel is a small, family-owned kennel located in scenic Waleska, Georgia. We are nestled in the foothills of the appalachian’s, on nearly 7 wooded acres, with access to water at the back of the property.
We provide an intimate setting so that your dog can receive the attention and quality of training that they deserve. We have all of the equipment, knowledge, and skill necessary to turn your family companion into an obedient, farm, or field ready dog.

the owner

Hannah Yost has been an animal lover since she was a small child, and grew up around horses, dogs, and other animals. She has been hunting & enjoying the outdoors for just as long. In 2020, Hannah decided to pursue her skill in dog training, after having great success with personal dogs in Hunting Retriever Club (HRC) and North American Versatile Hunting Dog (NAVHDA) events. Hannah has a knack for starting dogs and putting a solid foundation on them, as well as bringing young dogs up through the levels. Hannah has the experience, time, and knowledge necessary to bring your young dog from a blank slate to a seasoned companion.


We currently have a two-hole outdoor kennel, each section being 5’x10′ for day boarding and training dogs. There is a grassy outdoor run adjacent to our kennels. We have ample wooded, private space for dogs to exercise and work.


Black Dog Kennel is located in Waleska, Georgia, in the North Georgia foothills. We are 15 minutes north of Canton, and i575; 20 minutes to i75; 45 minutes to i85. The kennel is an hour north of Atlanta, an hour and twenty south of Chattanooga, and two and a half hours from Birmingham and Augusta. We have access to and memberships with multiple local NAVHDA, HRC, and AKC clubs to train and participate in events. We also maintain a relationship with local trainers & land owners to train and practice alongside.


Due to our small size, we have very limited availability. If you are interested in any of our services, please get in touch via phone or email in order to secure a space asap. Preference is given to long-term training.