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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 ›

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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 ›

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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 ›

Volunteer Appreciation Week

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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. Read Full Article ›

An Apprentice’s Point of View

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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.

Courtney shares this letter describing her experience at the WDC. Read Full Article ›

Climbing Ladders – Part 1

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Guest blogger and trainer Donna Magness takes readers step-by-step through training different critical agility skills.

The question we most frequently get asked at the end of our Up and Over tour is “I had no idea a dog could climb such a steep ladder. How do you teach them to do that?” Read Full Article ›

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This profile is part one 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 up with Caroline New at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center on a Friday evening. Caroline was there to pick up McBaine, whom she has been fostering since he was 9 months old. Her boyfriend Mike was nice enough to join us. McBaine is a two year old Springer Spaniel (donated by Breezy Hollow Spaniels and sponsored by Saint Germain Catering) and perhaps one of the most well-known dogs at the Center. Read Full Article ›

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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.

The reason to take any puppy on environmental exposure field trips is simply to get them out into the world they will live, work, and play. If a puppy is exposed early and often (excluding anything overwhelming or during fear periods) they will be a more balanced dog as they mature. Read Full Article ›

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APPLICATION DEADLINE –
March 16th, 12:00 pm 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 ›

Sirius of the North Star

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John Toth is a volunteer who shared this essay he wrote about his experience with one very special WDC dog.

To say I am enamored with Sirius might be an adequate description of our relationship. To say that he appreciates when I throw the ball for him, or when I sit near his crate, would probably be true. More importantly though is what Sirius means to all of us. His unquestioning devotion, unapologetic love, and sheer enthusiasm are a sustaining and comforting constant in an uncertain and turbulent world. Sirius, true to his name, carries a comforting light in his questioning and insistent brown eyes. Read Full Article ›

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