2017 Dates

Beginner Session #1     July 10–14, 2017
Beginner Session #2     July 17–21, 2017
Advanced Session #1    July 24–28, 2017
Advanced Session #2   July 31-August 4, 2017

*Advanced session topics TBD*

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The education mission of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center includes a focus on our next generation. We believe it is a mutually beneficial endeavor to expose today’s youth to the amazing talents of various workings dogs and to help build a sense of community. Our goal is to educate and inspire the next generation of veterinarians, working dog handlers, and canine enthusiasts.

Students will gain hands-on training experience, learn from guest presentations, and enjoy various working dog demonstrations.

This summer we offer four opportunities for 7th, 8th and soon-to-be 9th graders including two beginner sessions and two advanced sessions.

2016 Recap
We offered 4 positions for Counselors in Training (CIT). We anticipate continuing this program in 2017.

Qualifications for Counselors in Training:

  • Completed at least 1 beginner session
  • Completed at least 1 advanced session
  • 9th grade or older
  • Must apply and be approved by CHA Instructor

Beginner Sessions – $650/week
Introduction to detection dogs and their many different jobs. Learn search, obedience, and fitness techniques while discovering the benefits of positive reinforcement practices.
July 10-14, 2017
July 17-21, 2017

Advanced Sessions – $650/week
A full week dedicated to in depth exploration of specific working dog topics
*Prerequisite – attendance of at least one beginner session.
July 24-28, 2017               Topic: TBD
July 31-August 4, 2017    Topic: TBD


Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis and should demonstrate a strong desire to become a part of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center community. To learn more or to begin the application process, email caninehandleracademy@gmail.com.

Scholarships available for qualified students.
Please email caninehandleracademy@gmail.com if you are interested in applying.

Thank you to Nutramax Laboratories for supporting our 2016 scholarship program.

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2016 CHA students with FEMA Urban Search & Rescue K9 Rip and handler WDC Trainer Pat Kaynaroglu

2016 CHA students with WDC Trainer Pat Kaynaroglu & Rip

2015 CHA students with FEMA Urban Search & Rescue K9 Rip

2015 CHA students with FEMA Urban Search & Rescue K9 Rip

2014 students with guest presenter Officer Bob Dougherty & K9 Tango

2014 CHA students with Officer Bob Dougherty & K9 Tango

2013 CHA students with Training Manager Pat Kaynaroglu & K9 Rip

2013 CHA students with Pat Kaynaroglu & K9 Rip