Penn Vet - 2020 Working Dog Conference

April 24, 2020
Cherry hill, United States

Penn Vet - 2020 Working Dog Conference

2020: A Clear Vision for Training the K9 Team
$350 - $650

Starting in 2010, the Penn Vet Working Dog Center has held the Working Dog Conference, a gathering of working dog professionals including veterinarians, academics, working dog handlers, breeders, students, behaviorists, and those interested in what makes a better working dog.

Our most recent conference, Creating the Working Dog: Puppy to Professional, offered attendees the opportunity to follow the science and practice of developing a working dog from 8-weeks to 18-months.

We are proud to hold a conference in which all people invested in the health and performance of all types of working dogs can learn together.

The last day there will be a Working Dog Demos & Dinner (offsite at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center)

Changing behavior
Assistance dog
working dog
Scent Detection
animal behavior
dog sport
April 24, 2020
08:00 - 19:30
April 25, 2020
07:00 - 20:00
April 26, 2020
07:00 - 20:00
April 27, 2020
07:00 - 12:30

(Crown Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill) 2349 W. Marlton Pike, Cherry Hill
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002
United States


Carlo Siracusa

Associate Professor of Clinical Animal Behavior and Welfare, and the Director of the Animal Behavior Service of the University of Pennsylvania.

Jane Russenberger

Over the past 32 years, Jane has been the Director of Genetics and Breeding at Guiding Eyes for the Blind in Yorktown Heights, New York. Using various scoring systems in collaboration with multiple specialists, Jane has studied and scored aspects of behavior on thousands of potential guide dogs.

Carl Rothe

Carl Rothe is the senior instructor for Puppies Behind Bars (PBB), a non-profit organization that trains prison inmates to raise, train and care for puppies that will become service dogs for wounded war veterans and first responders as well as explosive detection canines for law enforcement. Mr.

Mandy Tisdale

Canine Training Manager - National Disaster Search Dog Foundation

David Roberts

Dr. David L. Roberts is an Associate Professor of Computer Science, and Interim Director of the Digital Games Research center in the Department of Computer Science at North Carolina State University where he runs the CIIGAR Research Group (

Jennifer Punt

Jenni Punt, VMD, PhD is an immunologist who has spent most of her career integrating research and teaching.

Scott Thomas

Consultant to the AKC Detection Dog Task Force and manages the AKC Patriotic Puppy Program.

Jennifer Lapin

Dr. Jennifer Lapin is Director of Evaluation & Assessment at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. Prior to her appointment with the School of Veterinary Medicine, Dr.

Kerry Lemerise

Kerry Lemerise has been with the Guiding Eyes puppy program for over 10 years. Prior to that, Kerry managed the puppy program at NEADS World Class Service Dogs.

Melody Jackson

Dr. Jackson is the Director of the Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) Lab at Georgia Tech. She and her team research ways of applying technology to working dog tasks such as communication, medical alert, and quantifying aspects of behavior to predict suitability for working dog roles. Dr.

Paul Helms

Paul considers himself an “injury rehab specialist”, bridging the gap from rehab to sports and active life, as opposed to a traditional sports massage therapist or personal trainer.

Nathan Hall

Dr. Hall is an Assistant Professor of Companion Animal Science at Texas Tech University and the Director of the Canine Olfaction Research and Education Laboratory in the Department of Animal Science. Dr.

Brian Farr

Major Farr is a veterinarian and sports medicine and rehabilitation resident, and research fellow at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. Major Farr graduated from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and commissioned into the U.S. Army Veterinary Corps.

Jennifer Essler

Dr. Jennifer Essler worked for a number of years researching cognition and social behaviors in non-human primates, namely capuchin monkeys. She received her PhD in Comparative Cognition from the University of Veterinary Medicine in Vienna, Austria.

Bob Dougherty

Bob Dougherty has been a police officer since 1984, most of which have been dedicated to working and training police working dogs with the Cheltenham Township Police Department in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania.

Jerry Bradshaw

Jerry Bradshaw is Training Director & President of Tarheel Canine Training, Inc. in Sanford, North Carolina.

Allie Bender

Allie Bender, CDBC, CPDT-KA, SBA is the co-owner and founder of Pet Harmony, LLC and the co-author of Canine Enrichment for the Real World. She believes in working with animals by addressing underlying causes behind undesirable behaviors.

Jeanna Brock

Jeanne Brock has had a life long interest in dogs and their abilities. This evolved into training dogs, first for AKC obedience and tracking trials, then Schutzhund training and competition.

Simon Prins

Simon Prins is a speaker, writer, innovator, coach, animal trainer and a behaviorist, best known for the introduction of the operant conditioning. Simon gives worksh

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Preconference Training Workshops (offsite)
Applications of defense table work: drive capping, targeting, impulse control, and fixing outs

Keynote speaker : Simon Prins
- Detection: the next level
- Detection training, the next level
Implications of Physical and Mental Training for the Working Dog Team
Hear the latest in physical and mental training techniques and how they can enhance your team’s performance.
Canine enrichment for the working dog
Working Dog Vigilance
Workplace injury prevention for working dog handlers
Understanding the science behind low-stress handling of dogs: the Penn Vet CALM program
Novel Techniques for Training Successful Working Dog Teams
Industry leaders will share the latest in training not only the dog but the handler and the critical support team responsible for getting dogs into the field.
Use of Assessments in Optimizing K9 Training Programs
Learn how the use of critical evaluation tools can increase your efficiency and help you create success in your training
Preliminary evaluation of working dog training
Measuring behavior using the Behavior Checklist and using the data to optimize the genetic potential for key behavior traits important to guide dogs
Emerging Technologies for Advancing the Working Dog
Hear how tools such as virtual simulation can enhance your training program.
Towards behavioral predictors of odor discrimination learning and military working dog performance
Online performance, Online Learning
IoT, Cloud, and AI instrumentation to improve service dog breeding, socialization, and selection