The Penn Vet Working Dog Center is dedicated to the research that contributes to the successful careers of detection dogs.
The first step is scientifically based breeding decisions, selecting for traits that enhance performance and decrease the prevalence physical or behavioral impediments.
The second step is to optimize the early development of those puppies to maximize their genetic potential and prepare them for their careers.
A key feature of our program is recognizing that each dog’s innate talents can prepare it for a detection career, but not all detection careers are the same. We allow our dogs to “pick their career”, building on their strengths. Puppies entering our program boast a graduation rate of over 94%!
Learn more about donating a puppy to our program.