New Bolton Center Kennett Square, PA
Emergencies & Appointments:
Ryan Hospital Philadelphia, PA
Penn Vet Working Dog Obe searching rubble


The Penn Vet Working Dog Center puppies start training from the day they join the program at eight weeks old, participating in age-appropriate exercises to gradually develop the skills they will need as working dogs. From that point, they spend at least eight hours a day, Monday through Friday, at the Center to learn the basics of search, agility, fitness, impulse control, obedience, and drive.

A Foundation in Scent Detection

Since we are a foundation program, we teach our dogs the basic skills necessary for a successful career in detection. We like to think of it as a liberal arts degree that will prepare them to go on to the advanced training that best suits their physical and behavioral strengths.

When they graduate from our program they will learn to apply their search skills to their specified target odor (i.e., explosives, drugs, medical detection). To ensure they will succeed in any detection program, our dogs learn to confidently & independently search on and off leash.

Future Careers for Our Dogs

After completion of foundation training, our dogs are prepared for careers in different disciplines, including:

  • Search & Rescue (Live & Human Remains Detection)
  • Explosives Detection 
  • Narcotics Detection
  • Accelerants Detection
  • Conservation Detection 
  • Cancer Detection
  • Public Health 
  • Single Purpose Law Enforcement
  • Dual Purpose Law Enforcement

Meet Annemarie DeAngelo - Training Director

Annemarie DeAngelo with Rebel and Waya

Major (Ret.) Annemarie DeAngelo came to the Penn Vet Working Dog Center with nearly three decades of law enforcement K9 experience as a state trooper for the New Jersey State Police.

In fact, Annemarie was the founder and architect of the New Jersey State Police Canine Unit.