K9 Performance Medicine

Performance Medicine


The Penn Vet Working Dog Center serves a diverse and growing K9 community. From search and rescue teams to law enforcement, we offer specialized services that are based in research. Our Performance Medicine program is designed to support working K9s develop core strength and stability, along with agility, both in their regular training regimen as well as post-trauma or post surgery to help dogs recover functionality. 

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K9 Performance Medicine

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center K9 Performance Medicine service is designed to meet the fitness, conditioning, and rehabilitation needs of the working and performance dog community.

From getting an injured police K9 back on the street, to developing a fitness and conditioning program to improve the performance of an agility dog, our service IS LIMITED to performance dogs that are either working K9s or competitive canine athletes.

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Need an Appointment?

We see patients Monday-Thursday, by appointment only.

Call us: 215-898-2200

Our Staff

The training staff of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center work closely with the Performance Medicine Team to complete the transition from recovery to full work mode as well as to address performance issues that involve training. Our team of professionals have decades of experience with working K9s and dog sports.

Led by Canine Sports Medicine Specialist and expert in working dog medicine Dr. Cindy Otto, our Canine Performance Medicine Service is designed to build upon the services provided by our referring veterinarians. Our goal is to get these invaluable dogs back to work, and performing at the highest level possible.

Our Facility

Our facility, complete with an outdoor agility yard and indoor canine gym is specially equipped to meet the fitness and rehabilitation needs of performance dogs. One of the unique features of our facility is the integration of the physical and behavioral/training components of performance.

Fit to Work Videos

Want to learn how to keep your dog fit? Here are some valuable exercises taught by Dr. Cindy Otto.