2014 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference 21 DVD Set


2014 Penn Vet Working Dog Conference 21 DVD Set


The Penn Vet Working Dog Conference strives to advance the health and performance of our nation’s working dogs through sharing of cutting edge scientific discoveries and applied techniques. Audience includes veterinarians and technicians, trainers, handlers, breeders, and scientists. Unlike most educational conferences, the Penn Vet Working Dog Conference provides a unique format that facilitates productive conversations and collaborative relationships.

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21 DVD set includes:

  • Cindy M. Otto DVM, PhD, DACVECC Occupational Hazards of Working Dogs – What do we know? (41 mins)
    • Working dogs can serve many roles whether they are full time professionals, part-time professionals or hobbyists. Understanding the unique roles that these dogs serve and the physical and mental demands helps us to understand how to better ensure their success and safety. Fitness programs are essential in minimizing injuries that commonly afflict all high energy working and performance dogs. Each occupation can pose unique risks, by understanding the job specific hazards we can keep our dogs working!
  • Namni Goel, PhD, Ali Rodgers, James Serpell, BSc, PhD Stressed Out!: The impact of stress on your canine (51 mins)
    • Stress is a part of life for both humans and dogs. This panel of experts brings a variety of perspectives on stress response and stressors. It is clear that each individual (dog and human) has a different threshold for stress and manifestations of stress.  Although stress can’t be eliminated it is clear that stress experienced in a positive social environment is less damaging and could even lead to some benefits. 
  • Carlos Siracusa DVM, MS, PhD Say the right thing to your dog: Understanding Dog Communication to Improve Performance and Welfare (1 hr 35 mins)
    • No animal can understand human communication better than the domestic dog. Dogs carefully observe and listen to us, because they depend on humans and rely on their cues. Dogs try really hard to understand our behavior and respond accordingly. In turn, handlers should be able to understand canine communication and behave consequently. Correct communication increases environmental predictability and decreases the stress of working dogs, therefore improving their welfare and enhancing their focus and performance.
  • Annemarie DeAngelo, Pat Kaynaroglu Penn Vet Working Dog Center’s Puppy Foundation Program: their First Day to Their First Job (41 mins)
    • This video is an overview of the puppy foundation program used at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center (PVWDC).  PVWDC is a research center and dog training facility for working  dogs focused on scent detection.   Annemarie DeAngelo, Training Director and Pat Kaynaroglu, training manager, present an overview of the curriculum as well as the use of foster and volunteers to support the Center.  Puppies enter the program at 8 weeks of age and have individualized training plans based on their demonstrated areas of strength and challenges.  The trainers highlight the development of dogs in three areas – search & rescue, police canine and diabetes detection.  This video would be of particular interest to trainers, breeders and organizations looking to set up their own training program or learn more about the best practices used in the Penn Vet program.
  • Robert Dougherty, K9 Officer Properly Managing Stress and Conflict in the Early Stages of Police Patrol Dog Training (53 mins)
    • By applying solid training concepts that work well with physically and mentally developing young dogs, utilizing patience, and managing stressors of police dog training we can produce better balanced police dogs. Police trainers should take into account that most popular methods of training places high levels of stress on a dog.  This lecture focuses on managing training techniques and avoiding the stress from compulsion to train the young police dog candidate.  Often in a rush to get results, compulsion is the most used method because it gets results quickly.  However, this method of training  can also result in negative and unwanted behaviors that hinder training progress; such as developing a nervous dog, poor bite work, or a dog who reacts with uncontrolled aggression towards people, specifically aggression towards the handler.
  • Nicole Larocco-Skeehan, CPDT Thinking Positively: Practicing positive reinforcement and operant methods to teach our dogs performance and welfare (40 mins)
    • Nicole Larocco-Skeehan teaches handlers and their dogs to work through frustration and build problem solving skills and creativity by utilizing operant conditioning and behavior shaping.  This lecture includes problem solving demonstrations with the presenter's dogs, explanation of the concepts of operant conditioning and shaping, and working sessions with participant dogs. 
  • David Kroyer, Kerry Lemerise, Annmarie Deangelo Raising the Working Puppy: A comparison of programs (48 mins)
    • This panel compares puppy raising strategies in large and small programs, established programs and new programs, nonprofit versus private commercial and across disciplines. Temperament testing, working with volunteer puppy raisers and professional trainers was compared and contrasts.
  • Jill Cline, PhD Managing Stress Thru Nutrition (45 mins)
    • Working dogs can be predisposed to stress / work related gut upset.  This presentation describes how gut health directly effects overall health and performance.  There are certain nutrients in the diet can help to manage gut upset in working dogs.
  • Jill Cline, PhD When’s dinner? Or Should it be breakfast? How feeding practices drive performance (53 mins)
    • This presentation examines husbandry and feeding management techniques to help improve performance in working dogs
  • Joe Spoo, DVM, CCRT Vitamin D Levels in Canine Endurance Athletes (29 mins)
    • There is widespread concern for inadequate Vitamin D concentration in the human population. In particular a large body of research exists showing evidence for increased performance with increased Vitamin D status as well as a host of issues, from decreased performance, injury to infection, that are associated with decreased Vitamin D concentrations. Research has shown that in certain diseased states canines follow human trends of decreased Vitamin D concentrations. In this lecture we examine Vitamin D, the existing research in human athletes and look at a population of racing sled dogs and evaluate the Vitamin D status changes that occur over the course of an endurance event.
  • Joe Spoo, DVM, CCRT The Stress of Work: The Impact of Search and Rescue Field Work on antioxidants (28 mins)
    • A number of papers have looked at the job of search and rescue dogs, their impact and the hazards they encounter during and after their time in the field. Very little literature exists looking at physiological changes associated with field work of search and rescue dogs. The aim of this study was to assess the physiological and antioxidant status before and after a 4-hour simulated search and rescue activity, with handlers, under warm-weather conditions performing activities compared to a control group of similarly trained dogs at rest. The presentation frames the discussion around literature that exists looking at physiological changes of other working dogs. 
  • Amy Farcas, DVM, MS, DACVN Raw Meat Diets: Maximizing Benefits While Reducing Risks (48 mins)
    • Many pet owners are under the impression that since they make food-related decisions for themselves, that there is no need to seek expert advice when it comes to feeding their pet. Providing a pet with a home-prepared diet that meet its needs is not easy, and either the need to, or personal preference to, feed a home-prepared diet to a pet means that some consideration will have to be given to providing a “balanced” diet, meaning one that meets all of the pet’s nutritional requirements without excess. A balanced diet for a dog or cat provides approximately 40 different nutrients in specific quantities. The consequences of feeding an unbalanced diet are variable depending on the life stage of the pet, the degree and duration of deficiency or excess, and the specific nutrient deficiencies. This presentation emphasizes potential pitfalls of home-prepared diets and how they can be avoided to safely provide appropriate nutrition while filling the need to, or desire to, provide pets with a home-prepared diet.
  • Dan Beiting, PhD Good Bugs, Bad Bugs: Microbial Passengers in Human and Canine Health (38 mins)
    • Animals, humans and the environment are inextricably connected by microbes and infectious disease.  This notion, termed 'One-Health', is a central tenant of veterinary medicine education and practice.  Yet, it is becoming increasingly clear that 'bad' bugs are not the only microbes that veterinarians should be thinking about.  In this talk, Dr. Dan Beiting, an Immunology researcher at PennVet, explores the emerging role of 'beneficial' microbial communities as key players in animal health and disease.  By studying the microbial ecosystem that grows on the skin and in the gut of companion and agricultural animals, veterinarians will find themselves in a better position to diagnose and treat disease.
  • M. Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP Integrating Rehabilitation into the Life of the Working Dog (38 mins)
    • One of the most important keys to success for the veterinarian is to understand the client’s stake in the human-animal relationship. This is most important in the maintenance and rehabilitation of working dogs. This lecture discusses the five components of maintenance for working dogs: strength training, endurance exercises, proprioceptive exercises, the importance of warm-ups and cool-down periods and how to integrate skill training into the dog’s rehabilitation program.
  • M. Chris Zink, DVM, PhD, DACVP Getting the Working Dog Back to Work (40 mins)
    • Professional athletes undergo sports retraining to move from everyday function to the maximal function required by the sport. Working dogs need the same kind of job-specific exercises as well. They need to train to regain their special abilities so that they can be successful in their work while also preventing reinjury or new injuries. This lecture provides specific information on how to develop a safe, targeted retraining program for the working dog.
  • Janet Van Dyke, DVM, DACVSMR, CCRT, CEO What is Canine Rehabilitation and What Can it do for My Practice? (49 mins)
    • This presentation covers the science behind human physical therapy, and how it can be applied to the veterinary practice. Equipment issues, legal concerns, and available training programs are discussed. Canine sports and their impact on the veterinary rehabilitation practice are described.
  • Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT Injury Prevention Core Stabilizing Exercises for the Human-Canine Team (34 mins)
    • All movement emanates from the core. The core is made up of muscles that span from the ribs to the pelvis. When these muscles contract in specific ways they can produce a corset-like effect that stabilizes the spine. This stabilization provides the body with a stable center from which movement is produced. Sasha Foster, MSPT, CCRT, provides four levels of progressive core stabilization exercises directly from her book, Canine Cross Training, Building Balance, Strength and Endurance in Your Dog. Handlers are taught to understand the importance of movement quality which determines which level of exercise to initiate for core stabilization strengthening. The exercises are taught to canine participants with reward-based training techniques.
  • Bess L. Pierce, DVM, DABVP, DACVIM SOTA: Inventing the Future of Working Dog Medicine (38 mins)
    • What will the future of working dog training and care look like? Huge strides have been made in the past several years in the training, utilization of working dogs and state-of-the-art medical care, and there has never been a better time to be in the working dog field.  This keynote lecture sets the stage for the subsequent conference sessions with latest examples of scent work, cutting edge medical techniques and challenges that still need answers.  Be a part of the next generation in developing the best possible working canine.
  • Janice Baker, DVM Rethinking Heat Injury in The Working Dogs: A New Look at The Evidence (42 mins)
    • Guidelines for prevention, recognition, and immediate treatment of heat injury in dogs has remained stagnant over the past several decades.  Despite this condition being one of the most common emergencies of both companion and working dogs, little effort has been given towards research and advancement of prevention or treatment strategies for this often preventable, and fatal condition.   A recent in-depth look at the available scientific evidence shows that common prevention and treatment guidelines are not only lacking evidence, but also contradict the evidence where available.   Lessons learned from the field have recently shown that a updates to treatment and prevention strategies are warranted, and recommendations most relevant to working dogs are provided here.
  • Janice Baker, DVM Heat Injury in Working Dogs: Practical Prevention and Treatment Recommendations (50 mins)
    • Guidelines regarding prevention and treatment of heat injury in the field are often complicated or altogether impractical for the field environment.  This is not surprising, as most treatment guidelines arise from the veterinary academic setting or fully staffed and equipped emergency and specialty referral hospitals. In this presentation, we break down these guidelines to a practical level, and discuss what the canine handler or response team veterinarian needs to know about recognizing early signs of heat stress, mitigating heat injury from an operational standpoint, as well as how to provide potentially life-saving treatment with the limited resources of the deployed or field environment.
  • Erica Reineke, VMD, DACVECC Veterinary Trauma Care: Where are we going? (41 mins)
    • Traumatic injuries are a common reason for emergency room visits and it is the second leading cause of death in both juvenile and adult dogs.  In this seminar, the current state of veterinary trauma i.e how it is defined, what types of injuries we are seeing, and the utility of scoring systems in veterinary trauma patients will be presented.  An overview of a general approach to stabilization of animals with traumatic injuries will be discussed highlighting that there are still unanswered questions regarding how to maximize outcome in canine trauma.  Finally, the creation of veterinary trauma centers and what this means for our trauma patients will be discussed.    In the first, we see a dog being walked toward the camera when a large, black trash bag falls down unexpectedly in front of it. The dog’s initial reaction is to startle and retreat, followed by a lot of nervous activation involving slightly crouched posture, tail-wagging, tongue-flicking/lip-licking, paw-lifting, and visual referencing toward the handler. On the second walk past the bag, we again see anxious tongue-flicking and repeated glances toward the handler. In the second sequence, we see a slightly anxious, submissive dog undergoing a somewhat invasive physical examination. It’s stress levels are indicated by the tense body posture, tucked tail position, drawn back “smiling” lips, drawn back ear position, half closed eyes, and lip-licking.

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