Monthly Archives: February 2012

Kids at a Middletown middle school are learning how dogs can help humans, and how they can be part of training them. WDEL’s Mellany Armstrong reports.

Click HERE to view a video of the kids interacting with SAR dogs and learning how they can be helpful to working dogs in the future.

Thursday, February 23, 2012 – 3:10pm
Service dog program launched at Waters Middle School
By Mellany Armstrong

Flag AwardDr. Otto was overwhelmed with appreciation at the receipt of this award. It serves as a reminder that our work is not done and that we must move forward with a spirit of cooperation to achieve all that we strive for.

This flag will be displayed at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.

Penn Vet LogoIn 1884, the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine was established at the urging of the University’s School of Medicine. It was recognized that prevention and control of animal diseases had important implications for human health. Human and veterinary medicine were viewed as “one medicine.”

Visit their website to learn about the cutting edge research and world renowned veterinarians that comprise this institution.

Tess McKee

Tess McKee (Handler Sheila McKee)

We are conducting a research study of puppy-raising foster programs for working dogs. This study is designed to characterize the features of the puppy-raising programs that are used for all types of working/service dogs. Our goal is to publish this information so that organizations developing or refining their programs, including the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, can benefit from the vast experience in this area.
If your organization uses a puppy-raising foster program, we would greatly appreciate it if you would take 10-15 minutes to complete this on-line survey. Participation is voluntary and individual programs will remain anonymous.

Click HERE to complete the survey. Read Full Article ›

PennHIP LogoPennHIP is a not-for-profit program wholly owned and operated by the University of Pennsylvania. Their mission is to develop and apply evidence-based technology to direct appropriate breeding strategies aimed at reducing in frequency and severity the osteoarthritis of canine hip displasia. PennHIP incorporates a new method for evaluating the integrity of the canine hip. It is accurate in puppies as young as 16 weeks of age. It has great potential to lower the frequency of CHD when used as a selection criteria.
To learn more about this organization and how they are working to help improve the joint health of future generations of dogs, visit their website.


DeconMany detection dogs work in potentially hazardous environments. The knowledge and ability to decon them properly is critical. These three documents provide background and technique for ensuring proper decon for your working dog.

Animal Decontamination Best Practices Working Group (National Alliance of State Animal and Agriculture Emergency)

Canine Emergency and Gross Decontamination Procedures (Lori E. Gordon, DVM)

VMAT Decontamination SOP

Hero Dog LogoWe are excited to be an official charity partner in the 2012 American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™. This is a chance not only for our dogs to receive some welcome recognition for the important roles they play in our lives, but this is a chance to help raise funds for our organization.

By nominating your dog and selecting us as your designated charity in the online contest, you will have a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip for you and your Hero Dog to the annual, star-studded American Humane Association Hero Dog Awards™ gala in Beverly Hills and be on national TV. The charities selected to compete with the dogs stand a chance of winning up to $15,000 in unrestricted grant funds to continue the important work we do.
Please nominate your dog today at . Nominations end March 26th and public voting begins April 1st! Read Full Article ›

We are looking forward to the opportunity to share the story of the working dog with breeders and dog enthusiast from across the country and around the world. If you are in NY, stop by Madison Square Gardens to visit Dr. Otto and the Penn Vet Working Dog Center at Booth #27 on the 3rd Floor. She will also be presenting at 4pm today in the Legends Room.
Follow us on Facebook to see how PVWDC is working with dog breeders to benefit the future of the working dog.
Visit Westminster’s website to watch live coverage of the show.