Monthly Archives: July 2014

Donna and Thunder_1

Donna has been an avid horse person since the age of 5. Her love of horses led her to own and operate an equestrian tack shop, Gentry Tack & Apparel, Inc. for 15 years and to volunteer at Thorncroft Equestrian Center. Donna’s interests broadened to include dog training when she began taking Maddie, her Bouvier des Flandres, to agility classes after Maddie showed interest in agility equipment during an obedience class. Maddie and Donna now compete in AKC agility at the Masters Level.

Donna began volunteering at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center as soon as it opened. Her contributions as a volunteer prompted the Center to hire her as a part-time trainer 6 months after she began volunteering. Donna grew up with horses, basset hounds, and ducks, which encouraged her love of animals. She rescued two greyhounds, who have since passed on, before she got Maddie and now, in addition to Maddie, owns seventeen chickens; two English Bulldogs, named Bonnie and Clyde; and fosters the Center’s very own yellow Labrador retriever, Jake!

This summer, the Working Dog Center is conducting a study evaluating the impact of a structured warm-up routine on a dog’s post-work gait analysis.

While the benefit of a warm-up routine on human athletes has been documented, this study will scientifically evaluate the benefit of a warm-up routine for dogs.

This study is being conducted in partnership with GAIT4Dog®, a division of CIR Systems, and is using their 16’ GAITFour® Walkway.

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