Canine Handler Academy

*Advanced session topics TBD*

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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.

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

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

2016 Recap

We offered 4 positions for Counselors in Training (CIT). We anticipate continuing this program in 2017.

Qualifications for Counselors in Training:

  • Completed at least 1 beginner session
  • Completed at least 1 advanced session
  • 9th grade or older
  • Must apply and be approved by CHA Instructor

Beginner Sessions – $650/week

Introduction to detection dogs and their many different jobs. Learn search, obedience, and fitness techniques while discovering the benefits of positive reinforcement practices.
July 10-14, 2017
July 17-21, 2017

Advanced Sessions – $650/week

A full week dedicated to in depth exploration of specific working dog topics
*Prerequisite – attendance of at least one beginner session.
July 24-28, 2017               Topic: TBD
July 31-August 4, 2017    Topic: TBD


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. To learn more or to begin the application process, email

Scholarships available for qualified students.
Please email if you are interested in applying.

Thank you to Nutramax Laboratories for supporting our 2016 scholarship program.

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