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Superpower Dogs Support WDC

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Superpower Dogs is a 3D IMAX film being made to share with the world the amazing stories of dogs and how they use their power of smell to help save lives.

This film follows the lives of service dogs, dogs who protect wild life from poachers, avalanche dogs and gives viewers the chance to watch Halo, a Dutch Shepherd, grow up and train to become a FEMA live find Urban Search & Rescue Dog.

20% of the proceeds from this film are donated to charities including the WDC. Join us in supporting Superpower Dogs!

New Working Dog Certificate Program

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We have partnered with Harcum College to offer a new certificate program for those wishing to learn more about working dogs.

This is a two part program that includes an online class through Harcum followed by a hands-on course at the WDC.

While offered through Harcum’s Veterinary Technology Program, no prerequisites are required.

ACVO/StokesRx National Service Dog Eye Exams

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Registration Open April 1-30, 2016

Since its inception in 2008, over 45,000 Service Animals have received free eye exam screenings–more than 7,000 in 2015 alone.

The goal is to provide as many free screening exams as possible to eligible Service Animals across the U.S. and Canada.

2016 Canine Handler Academy – Registration Open

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The education mission of the Working Dog Center includes a focus on our next generation. We believe it is a mutually beneficial endeavor to expose today’s kids to the amazing talents of various workings dogs and begin to build ties and a sense of community for those who will follow us.

There are four opportunities for this summer’s Canine Handler Academy (CHA) including two Advanced session for those who attended last year or will attend multiple session this year. CHA is open to 7th, 8th and soon-to-be 9th graders.

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Vet Student Cancer Detection Internship

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APPLICATION DEADLINE –
February 29, 2016, midnight ET

Now accepting applications for a summer research internship at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center funded by the Ovarian Cancer Symptom Awareness Organization. This is a paid summer internship for a 1st or 2nd year veterinary student who is interested in learning more about medical detection and Read Full Article ›

New From K9 Tactical Emergency Casualty Care Working Group

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We have just added two new items to the Resources section of our website. Check out two white papers recently released by the K9 TECC giving useful recommendations and best practices for providing care to operational K9s injured in the field.

While in our Resources section, take a moment to view the many useful tools we provide on the topics of K9 health and safety, behavior, fitness, nutrition, detection training and more.

NEW OFFERING! Apprenticeship Program

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Advance your working dog training skills with renowned experts in the field!
With a combined 50+ years of experience, trainers Annemarie DeAngelo and Pat Kaynaroglu will provide specialized scent detection training for apprentices looking to enhance their knowledge, build on current skills and be able to pursue a career in canine training. Selected applicants will gain hands-on experience in all aspects of training detection dogs for law enforcement, search and rescue, and medical detection.

 

5 things I learned from Kyra Sundance

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Guest blogger Devin Christopher shares her top 5 training tips she took away from the seminar.

On April 25-26, 2015, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center hosted a Tricks Workshop taught by Kyra Sundance. Kyra is a well-known training expert and has written several books on trick training including the popular 101 Dog Tricks: Step by Step Activities to Engage, Challenge, and Bond with Your Dog. Read Full Article ›

Profile of a WDC Foster Family – Part 2

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This profile is part two of a five part series exploring the ins and outs of fostering for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and is written by guest blogger Devin Christopher.

I met Jeremy and Jess at Milk & Honey, a quiet little coffee shop just off of South Street near the apartment they share with roommate Steph. Together, the three of them make up an adorable “non-traditional” WDC foster family. Read Full Article ›

Taking the Unpleasant Out of the Unknown

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As Zoe’s foster dad, guest blogger Bob Dougherty shares tips for raising a successful working dog. Bob is also a K9 officer with Cheltenham Police Department and Adjunct Trainer at the WDC.

As Zoe’s foster parents, knowing that our puppy may have to climb on rubble or search a building for a suspect, it’s important to recognize areas where we can help her gain more confidence. A little training at home can go a long way in helping the WDC training staff accomplish these goals.  Read Full Article ›

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