Announcements

New Classes Start September 8th

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Register now! Space is limited!

Puppy Socialization
Mondays, 7:30-8:30p
Starts Sept. 8
$150/6 week session
Click HERE to learn more and register.

Basic Obedience
Wednesdays, 7:30-8:30p
Starts Sept. 10
$100/4 week session
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New Class for Law Enforcement K9

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The WDC is offering current and sworn Law Enforcement K9 Officers and their Back-up Officers a one day scenario-based training.

Date: October 10, 2014
Time: 7:00am – 4:00pm
Location: Penn Vet Working Dog Center

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Introducing The Building Search

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In addition to the rubble pile we have here at the WDC, we also use an abandoned building near our property to help us to train our dogs.

Building searches provide different scenting conditions then what the dogs encounter on the rubble pile.

We expose our dogs to both types of searches to make sure they are prepared for any situation they may encounter in their career. Read Full Article ›

Search & Rescue Foundation

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As we shared in our last Search & Rescue blog, all of the WDC puppies get SAR foundation training.

However, not all of our dogs will go on to make search and rescue their career.

So why do we do this? What’s so important that all we include it in all of our dogs’ Puppy Foundation Training?

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Puppy Testing

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We’ve been providing a number of updates about our puppies’down time, and how they’ve been adjusting to their lives as, well, puppies.

But this is the Working Dog Center, after all. In the fall, we’ll be bringing these nine pups into our Puppy Foundation Training Program.

In the interim, two of our college interns, Meghan Ramos and Patrick Robbins, have been doing some very specific exercises and tests with them.

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At the WDC, we have a unique foundation training program that serves as the starting point for all of our dogs, regardless of which one of our training programs they will be entering.

As soon as the puppies arrive, they are introduced to tug toys. We play lots of fun games with them to build their excitement for tugging.

Our goal is to build their prey and hunt drives, which are useful as we teach future skills.

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WDC History With Search & Rescue

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This is the first in a series of blog posts that will highlight the history of the Center’s relationship with the Search & Rescue community, and give you some insight into our Search & Rescue training program.

The Working Dog Center was founded in 2007, but the seeds of Dr. Cindy Otto’s vision were planted much earlier.

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Puppy Update

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It may have been more than a week since we last checked in with Zzisa’s puppies, but that doesn’t mean they’ve been idle!

We got an update from the Darlings, our whelping fosters, on what the puppies have been up to.

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Bretagne Makes Finals

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All summer, we’ve been promoting our campaign to get Bretagne, a 9/11 search dog, honored at the Hero Dog Awards.

After advancing to the semifinals, she’s emerged as the winner of the Search and Rescue category, and is now in the finals for overall Hero Dog!

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Last night on NBC Nightly News, McBaine and the WDC team shared how they are improving early diagnosis with our Ovarian Cancer Detection Study.

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