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Canine Handler Academy

2019 Dates Coming Soon!
Class Date(s):

Summer 2019

Class Time:

Monday thru Friday, 9:00a - 4:00p

Class Location:

Penn Vet Working Dog Center


$650/week (Scholarships available)

Class Size:

Limit 15/session


Sarah Kane & Simon Blanchard


2019 Dates Coming Soon!

While you are waiting for 2019 registration to open, learn more about this past year’s exciting curriculum below!

Beginner Sessions

  • Introduction to detection dogs and their many different jobs. Learn search, obedience, and fitness techniques while discovering the benefits of positive reinforcement practices.
  • For incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (2018-2019 school year)
  • Session I: June 25-29, 2018
  • Session II: July 9-13, 2018
  • Fee: $650/week

Advanced Sessions

  • A full week dedicated to in depth exploration of specific working dog topics
  • Prerequisite – For incoming 7th, 8th, and 9th graders (2018-2019 school year) who have attended at least one beginner session.
  • Session I: July 16-20, 2018  [Topic: Search & Rescue and Law Enforcement]
  • Session II: July 23-27, 2018  [Topic: The Science Behind Working Dog Center Internships]
  • Read full description of sessions HERE.
  • Fee: $650/week

Counselor & Counselor-In-Training (CIT)

  • The learning never stops! Our students do not age out but rather have the opportunity to become counselors. If your student has been with us before, they are eligible to apply as a Counselor-In-Training or a Counselor.
  • Must email CHA Instructors for approval prior to registering.
  • Qualifications for Counselor-In-Training
    Completed at least 1 beginner session
    Completed at least 1 advanced session
    *Incoming 9th graders may only be CITs for Beginner Sessions
    *Incoming 10th graders+ may be CITs for Advanced Sessions
  • Qualifications for Counselor
    Completed at least one Counselor-In-Training week
    Incoming 10th grader or older
  • Fee: $650/week (Counselor-In-Training); $250/week (Counselor)


In partnership with Nutramax® we are excited to offer 12 – $250 scholarships to qualified applicants. Each student may receive only one scholarship/year.

Applications were due Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Notifications made on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

Any remaining scholarship opportunities will be announced after May 1st.


All cancellation requests must be received by email. Refunds will be issued minus a 10% processing fee.


Campers must be incoming 7th, 8th, or 9th graders. Counselors-In-Training and Counselors must be incoming 9th graders or older. Students are required to provide their own transportation and lunch. Early drop off/late pick up is available, but requires pre-registration below.