Health & Fitness
The Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s mission it to improve the health and fitness of our nation’s working dogs. Through education and research, we bring practical tools to the front lines, where handlers can implement new skills and maximize the performance of their canine partner.
Part of our Puppy Foundation Program includes training our puppies to perform numerous age appropriate stretching and conditioning exercises aimed at maximizing their performance and increasing the duration of their working life.
These exercises help keep our puppies in top physical shape for their future as a working dogs. Learning fine motor skill exercises, such as these stretching and strengthening exercises, also help improve communication between dog and trainer and can have positive implications on their detection work.
Working dogs are employed in a variety of hazardous environments, making it imperative that handlers are prepared to provide first aid to their K9 partners in the field.
Dr. Cindy Otto, Associate Professor of Critical Care and Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center, travels across the country training working dog teams on essential first aid skills.
Dr. Otto also has also designed a field-ready K9 First Aid Kit available for purchase as a fundraiser for the Penn Vet Working Dog Center.
Watch Dr. Otto demonstrate proper bandaging skills.