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If you were not able to join us at the Penn Vet Working Dog Conference, you still have the opportunity to learn with your dog. New classes start weekly at the Working Dog Center! Read more to learn about the classes and to register! Spots are limited.

TRAINING

TRICKS CLASS

All behaviors are “tricks”. Teaching a dog tricks can be useful and fun. Many tricks can be incorporated into a fitness program or just for the sheer joy of working with your dog. This class will introduce basic foundations necessary to build more complex tricks. All teaching is based on positive reinforcement and having fun with your dog.
CLASS DATES: Starting April 17th
CLASS TIME:     8-9 pm on Thursdays
COST:     $100 for 4 classes, drop-ins with permission of instructor for $28/class
CLASS SIZE:     limited to 8 working teams
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Cindy Otto and Jonathan Ball
Dr. Cindy Otto is an associate professor and veterinarian with specialty certification in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has worked in the Emergency Service at the University of Pennsylvania MJ Ryan Veterinary Hospital for over 20 years. She has been a member of FEMA’s Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 from 1994-2010. She is a certified trick dog instructor (CTDI) and has been training dogs for the past 10 years. Most recently she has founded the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and serves as the Executive Director, where she oversees the science based program to raise and train dogs for detection work. She owns an 11 year old bichon mix, Dolce who has titled in agility, tricks, flyball and therapy.
Jonathan Ball has been training dogs for the past 2 years. He works at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center where he has a critical role in training the puppies in obedience, agility, fitness and search.  He owns a pitbull mix, Eli, who is a master of tricks.
PREREQUISITE:    No prerequisites are required and any age can participate. Dogs will be working predominantly on leash among other dogs. Food is used as the primary reward, but dogs that are more interested in a toy as a reward can also participate. The complexity of the tricks and the type of tricks will be adapted for each individual team.
LOCATION:    Penn Vet Working Dog Center
OTHER: Teaching is based on positive reward techniques, be sure to bring plenty of small tasty treats and don’t feed your dog prior to class.

FIRST AID

Basic First Aid is an essential skill for all pet owners and working dog handlers. This class will combine lecture and hands on practice in evaluating normal parameters in your dog and learning to recognize when emergency veterinary care is needed.  This class will be held for 4 sessions of 50 min each
CLASS DATES: Starting April 17th
CLASS TIME: 7-8 on Thursdays
COST:    $100 for the series of 4 classes
CLASS SIZE:     Maximum class size is 16 people
INSTRUCTOR:  Dr. Cindy Otto
Dr. Cindy Otto is an associate professor and veterinarian with specialty certification in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has worked in the Emergency Service at the University of Pennsylvania MJ Ryan Veterinary Hospital for over 20 years. She has been a member of FEMA’s Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 from 1994-2010. She is a certified trick dog instructor (CTDI) and has been training dogs for the past 10 years. Most recently she has founded the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and serves as the Executive Director, where she oversees the science based program to raise and train dogs for detection work. She owns an 11 year old bichon mix, Dolce who has titled in agility, tricks, flyball and therapy.
PREREQUISITE:    The first class of both sessions will be limited to handlers only (no dogs). No prior experience is necessary. Handlers are welcome to bring their own well-mannered dogs for the hands on sessions, however, individuals will be working in teams so not all dogs will participate in demos, in addition individuals may attend without their dog.
LOCATION: Penn Vet Working Dog Center

FIT TO WORK (OR PLAY)

Fit to Work is a specially designed program that brings together the building blocks of total fitness, stretching, core strength, proprioception (body awareness), balance and endurance. Each dog is evaluated for its baseline fitness, body condition and expected needs based on its lifestyle. The basic exercises are taught and a plan to build the total fitness for each dog is developed.
CLASS DATES: Starting April 17th
CLASS TIME: Thurs 5:30-6:30 pm
CLASS SIZE: The class is limited to 8 teams
COST:    $100 for 4 classes {Drop- ins with permission of instructor for $28/class}
INSTRUCTOR:    Dr. Cindy Otto and Jonathan Ball
Dr. Cindy Otto is an associate professor and veterinarian with specialty certification in Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care. She has worked in the Emergency Service at the University of Pennsylvania MJ Ryan Veterinary Hospital for over 20 years. She has been a member of FEMA’s Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 from 1994-2010. She is a certified trick dog instructor (CTDI) and has been training dogs for the past 10 years. Most recently she has founded the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and serves as the Executive Director, where she oversees the science based program to raise and train dogs for detection work. She owns an 11 year old bichon mix, Dolce who has titled in agility, tricks, flyball and therapy.
Jonathan Ball has been training dogs for the past 2 years. He works at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center where he has a critical role in training the puppies in obedience, agility, fitness and search.  He owns a pitbull mix, Eli, who is a master of tricks.
PREREQUISITE:     The class is designed for dogs of all ages and all fitness levels (exercises will be adapted as necessary for individual needs). The class is open to pet dogs as well as working dogs. The class is limited to 8 teams. Although no previous training experience is required, the class is taught in a group setting, therefore dogs must be able to work around other dogs on leash. Class runs for 4 weeks of 45 min working sessions.
CLASS LOCATION: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
OTHER: Teaching is based on positive reward techniques, be sure to bring plenty of small tasty treats and don’t feed your dog prior to class. If your dog prefers toys to treats, bring his/her favorite toys.

K9 NOSEWORK

To introduce dogs to scent work and the sport of K9 nosework
CLASS DATES: April 3
CLASS TIME: Wed 7-8 pm
CLASS SIZE: Maximum number of teams = 6
COST: $160 for 6 sessions
INSTRUCTOR:  Linda Murphy
Linda Murphy has been training dogs for 25 years in various types of work starting with AKC events in obedience, tracking, agility and sheep herding, Schutzhund and finding her true passion in Search & Rescue, namely detection work. Linda has trained and handled detection dogs (HRD) for 12 years.  She is an evaluator for HRD testing in the State of NJ for NJSAR Council teams as well as being a SARCNJ committee member for state standards.  Linda currently works a GSD named Deva and has been certified (and recertified) in HRD since 2007 by Law Enforcement Training Specialists (LETS).
Linda is a CNWI (Certified NoseWork Instructor) as well as NACSW Judge and on her way to becoming a Certifying Official for NACSW sanctioned K9 Nose Work® Competition Trials. She has been teaching K9 Nose Work® classes for a few years now and the combination of the K9 Nose Work®  program and her past training experience, many of her students have achieved their K9 Nose Work® titles. Linda has recently brought K9 Nose Work® to PVWDC for pet dog owners.
PREREQUISITE:    No previous training is necessary, however each dog will need to comfortable for their turn waiting in a crate or in the owner’s vehicle
CLASS LOCATION: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
OTHER: Open to dogs over 6 months of age, no upper limit, even dogs that are not comfortable around other dogs are welcome to participate

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

You and your dog will learn to work as a team while practicing useful behaviors such as sit, down, leave it and stay. Positive reinforcement and operant conditioning techniques will be used. In addition, individual questions on training in the real world can be answered during or after class. The class is also an opportunity to socialize your dog with other people and dogs. A CGC or STAR puppy test will be offered at the end of the 4 week classes.
CLASS DATES: Starting April 16
CLASS TIME: Tues 8-9 pm
CLASS SIZE: 10-15 dogs in the class
COST: $100 for 4 classes
INSTRUCTOR: Katie Iovino and Clint Kuban of the Penn Vet Behavior Club
Katie Iovino:
Katie’s interest in behavior began when she took a behavior internship at Atlantis Marine World where she learned to clicker train sea lions, seals, and Japanese Snow Monkeys.  She is now currently a second year at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. She assisted with CGC classes her first year of school, and took over STAR puppy training classes in her second year. This past semester, she taught CGC training classes at Penn Vet. She is also President of the Penn Vet Behavior Club. She has clicker trained her cat and her dog, and has attended Behavior conferences by well-known positive reinforcement trainers.
Clint Kuban:
Clint Kuban is a first year veterinary student at the University of Pennsylvania. He has a degree in psychology from the University of Hartford. His interests in behavior led him to join the Behavior Club when he came to study at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Veterinary Medicine. Clint is the currently the Vice President of the Behavior Club and has assisted previously with 2 sessions of CGC training classes.
PREREQUISITE: For CGC, the age minimum is 1 year old, younger dogs can earn their Puppy Star title.  Dog must be fully vaccinated and not show severe signs of aggression. Any previous training will be helpful, but not necessary.
CLASS LOCATION: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
OTHER: Teaching is based on positive reward techniques, be sure to bring plenty of small tasty treats and don’t feed your dog prior to class.

PUPPY SOCIALIZATION

This science based socialization and training program addresses puppy socialization to other dogs and people, introduction and exposure to novel stimuli (sounds, surfaces, objects), low stress handling, practical reward based training and discussion of topics including housebreaking, crate training, feeding, limiting unwanted behaviors (chewing, mouthing and jumping behaviors) and recognizing dog body language.  This class is designed for puppies aged 8-16 weeks.
CLASS DATES: TBD
CLASS TIME: Mon 7-8 pm
CLASS SIZE:  6
COST:  $120 for 6 classes
INSTRUCTOR:  The Penn Veterinary Behavior Department
Dr. Carlo Siracusa is a board certified veterinary behaviorist and the current director of PennVet Behavior Service. He has practicing behavioral medicine since 2003, both in EU and the US.
Dr. Jacqueline Wilhelmy is an intern at PennVet Behavior Service. She is an experienced dog trainer, and proud mom of agility Champion Mer.
Ms. Alison Seward is a behavior technician at PennVet Behavior. She has a extensive experience as dog owner and dog trainer, and has a scientific knowledge of dog communication.
PREREQUISITE: first DHPP vaccine
CLASS LOCATION: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
OTHER: Please contact Penn Behavior to arrange enrollment (215)898-3347 or behaviorclinic@vet.upenn.edu

CANINE HANDLER ACADEMY

This week long summer program is directed at 7th and 8th graders who want to learn more about dogs, dog training and the jobs that dogs do.  The curriculum will include hands on experience and classroom discussions of how dogs learn, clicker training, medical care and more!
CLASS DATES: Session 1: June 24-28, 2013, Session 2: July 8-12, 2013
CLASS TIME: Monday – Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
CLASS SIZE:  12
COST:  $650 per session
INSTRUCTOR:  The Penn Veterinary Working Dog Center Team
PREREQUISITE: applications will be accepted on a first come first served basis. To apply go to: www.surveymonkey.com/s/caninehandler
CLASS LOCATION: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
OTHER: application deadline April 30, questions? Email us at caninehandleracademy@gmail.com