Scent Detection Dogs
Important To Service Dog Industry

Scent detection dogs are the focal point of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. The center opened on September 11, 2012, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is the nation’s premier research and educational facility dedicated to harnessing the unique strengths of canine partners. Their goal is to produce an elite group of scent-detection dogs for public safety and health. Dogs in the program are named in honor of individuals who lost their lives on 9/11 and canine heroes who served following the attacks.

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Morgan, narcotic detection, NJ K-9, State Police

Scent Detection Dogs

Are Core of PVWDC Research & Training

The Penn Vet Working Dog Center:
  • Serves as a consortium to unite programs that employ detection
    dogs to benefit society throughout the US and around the world;

  • Collects and analyzes genetic, behavioral and physical data.
    It integrates the latest scientific information in order to
    optimize the success and well-being of scent detection dogs;

  • Prepares for future demands and facilitates research by
    developing a detection dog breeding/training program that
    will implement, test, and disseminate the knowledge gained.
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Thunder, a Chocolate Lab in training for New Jersey Task Force One

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Bretagne, a Golden Retriever

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