In case you haven’t met Ffoster, one of two dogs who have joined the WDC program as part of a cooperative agreement between the Department of Homeland Security and the WDC, check out this article.


Summer’s Coming, Time for Camp


This summer, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center opens its doors to area elementary and high school students to attend the Canine Handler Academy. Registration is available for students in seventh, eighth, and entering ninth grade. The July 21-25 session is also open to ninth and tenth graders.

• June 23-27
• July 7-11
• July 21-25
• July 28-August 1 (*advanced)

During each week, students will get the opportunity to work with the dogs in training here at the WDC. Read Full Article ›


This year’s Penn Vet Working Dog Conference offers 3 opportunities for veterinarians, technicians, handlers, trainers, breeders, scientists and program managers to expand their knowledge on health and performance of working dogs.

1. VMAT K9 Decon Workshop (4 hrs CE)
2. Educational Conference (17 hrs CE)
3. Scenario Based Training Opportunity (6 hrs CE)

Learn more and register now – space is limited!

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Registration for the July 21-25th session is now open to high school students in 9th and 10th grade.

Each student will have the opportunity to experience first hand what it takes to train the detection dogs that serve our country.

Learn how to teach obedience, agility, fitness, search work, and more…

Registration Deadline May 31st.

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Register Now! K9 First Aid


Date: March 22-23, 2014
Time: 8a – 4p
Location: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
Audience: Law Enforcement, Fire Service, Search & Rescue, & Performance/Sport handlers and Medics/EMT who provide support to K9s in the field


Learn how to recognize medical emergencies that occur in the field and provide supportive care until veterinary support is available. Read Full Article ›

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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 including one Advanced Academy for those who attended last year or will attend multiple session this year. Academy is open to 7th, 8th and soon-to-be 9th graders. The July 21st session is also opened to 9th and 10th graders.

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Registration is now open for Puppy Socialization Class awarded “Best Puppy Training” by 2013 Best of Philly.

When: Class starts Monday, January 6th @ 7pm
6 week session
Where: Penn Vet Working Dog Center
3401 Grays Ferry Avenue, Philadelphia PA

Click HERE to register for Puppy Socialization Class.

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Upcoming Seminars


Spots still available for two great seminars being hosted at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Register now!

Professor Daniel Mills
Exploring the capabilities of man’s best friend
March 8, 2014

Learn more about Professor Mills’ seminar HERE

Dr. Sophia Yin
Training the reactive dog
April 27, 2014

Learn more about Dr. Yin’s seminar HERE

Now Accepting Proposals to Present

Penn Vet Conference Log Stack - 2014

We are looking for dynamic presenters to provide lectures and/or wet labs for the 2014 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference.

Date: June 5-8, 2014
Location: Philadelphia, PA

Presentation categories include: Sports Medicine, Nutrition,Behavior, and Emergency & Preventative Medicine.

Learn more now! Click HERE


When: September 25-26, 2013
Where: Calamityville-National Center for Medical Readiness
Prerequisite: Completed basic first aid course and/or have specialized medical training (e.g., physician, EMT, paramedic).

Download Registration Form HERE

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