2016 Canine Handler Academy

Canine Handler Academy


The education mission of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center includes a focus on our next generation. We believe it is a mutually beneficial endeavor to expose today’s youth to the amazing talents of various workings dogs and to help build a sense of community. Our goal is to educate and inspire the next generation of veterinarians, working dog handlers, and canine enthusiasts.

This summer we offer four opportunities for 7th, 8th and soon-to-be 9th graders including two beginner sessions and two advanced sessions.

Students will gain hands-on training experience, learn from guest presentations, and enjoy various working dog demonstrations.

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Want to learn how you can register for an upcoming Canine Handler Academy?

2017 Canine Handler Academy Dates
  • Beginner Session #1     
July 10-14
  • Beginner Session #2     
July 17-21
  • Advanced Session #1    
July 24-28
  • Advanced Session #2    
July 31-August 4

Beginner Sessions

  • Introduction to detection dogs and their many different jobs. Learn search, obedience, and fitness techniques while discovering the benefits of positive reinforcement practices.
  • Session I: July 10-14, 2017
  • Session II: July 17-21, 2017
  • Fee: $650/week

Advanced Sessions

  • A full week dedicated to in depth exploration of specific working dog topics
  • Prerequisite - attendance of at least one beginner session.
  • Session I: July 24-28, 2017  [Topic: Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement]
    Students will learn what it takes to train and handle Search & Rescue dogs. Students will also learn key components in Law Enforcement and Police K9 training. The students will work together to further develop and advanced their skills and the dog’s abilities in obedience, direction and control, fitness, husbandry, and more.
  • Session II: July 31-August 4, 2017  [Topic: A Day in the Life of a K9 Handler]
    Students will expand their handling talent and further develop their dog skills while learning new ways to bond and work with their dogs. Students will meet K9 Handlers from all walks of life: Search & Rescue, Trick Dog, Therapy Dog, and Competitive Sports such as AKC Showing/Obedience, Agility, and Nosework. Each day will have a different focus and students will engage in hands on dog training activities. 
  • Fee: $650/week

How to Register

Applications will be reviewed on a first come first serve basis and should demonstrate a strong desire to become a part of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center community.



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Thanks to Nutramax for its generous support of the 2015 Canine Handler Academy.


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