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Citizen Science

dog sniffing scent wheel
Class Date(s):

Starts September 17, 2019

Class Time:

Tuesdays, 7:00p-8:00p
(7 week session)

Class Location:

Penn Vet Working Dog Center


$280 dog/handler team

Class Size:

Class is limited to 4 K9 Teams


Meghan Ramos, VMD & Tessa Seales

May 17 session full. June session now open for registration.

Do you compete in K9 Scent Work?

Do you want to improve your search skills AND help answer important research questions about olfaction?

This course allows you and your dog to move a nose closer towards impacting scientific research. The Penn Vet Working Dog Center (PVWDC) currently utilizes dogs’ elite olfactory discriminatory abilities to conduct several groundbreaking medical research studies, including detection of ovarian cancer and other systemic diseases. In addition, the center is extensively researching the olfactory threshold (the lowest detectable amount of odor) of working dogs and environmental or medical impacts on olfaction. Through this course the PVWDC team wants to extend an invitation and establish a long term research collaboration with citizens competing in odor work with their dogs.

Learn more about our cutting edge Citizen Science program.

Cancellation Policy

Before registering, please read our cancellation policy. All classes require a minimum registration. If the minimum is not met, a full refund will be issued. If you have any questions about this class prior to signing up, please contact us at


Dogs must be 8 months or older. Enrollment is limited to handlers and dogs who have titled at Nose Work Level 1 (or equivalent) or higher. No reactivity or aggression towards people. Dog reactivity or aggression is acceptable as dogs will be working individually. Effective 1/11/19 all dogs must comply with the Vaccination Policy.

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The set up for this course minimizes exposure to other dogs, however, there will be multiple people besides the handler in close proximity to the dog. Please honestly assess your dog's reaction.
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