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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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
Posted October 27th, 2015 || In Announcements
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.
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.
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.
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.
A note from Judi Berke, Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator
Photo: Ann Peters, PApaBear, and Wendy Wiesmiller.
“Since I began my role as Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center more than a year ago, I have seen first-hand the dedication of our volunteers and I am continually inspired by their passion for the center. The Working Dog Center is committed to making a positive contribution to the research, development and training of scent detection dogs. One of many ways this is accomplished is by having a volunteer program opportunity for interested, driven and dedicated individuals.
The WDC welcomed Courtney Bentley as our first training apprentice. As our program continues to grow, we look forward to adding more educational opportunities this to our curriculum in addition to our current intern and veterinary extern programs.