Dogs are well known for their elite olfactory abilities, however their olfactory threshold and the use of their olfactory capabilities as a diagnostic tool are largely uncharted waters. The Penn Vet Working Dog Center has several groundbreaking research studies in both of these areas of interest and has opened our doors for collaboration through Citizen Science.
The goal of the Citizen Science program is that after completing this introductory course (Level 1), individuals will have the opportunity to complete Level 2 and Level 3 courses; each teaching the handler and dog new or improved skills for working odor. All dogs and handlers will be taught with the PVWDC philosophy of positive reinforcement and learn how to work a 12 port odor wheel.
Through participation in our citizen science program, you and your dog will help shape the working dog world through research and education, while learning techniques that will enhance your dog’s odor detection skills for sport or work.
We have partnered with Capable Canine to manage and promote our Citizen Science classes.