"Physical Fitness and Training…on both ends of the leash” provides an overview of various working and sporting dog activities. It also describes several aspects of building a physical fitness training program tailored to the needs of the individual dog in relation to the requirements of the job. The human component is also discussed, as the health and fitness of the handler is equally important to the success of the team. This two-part video includes:
- Seminar “Physical Fitness and Training...on both ends of the leash”
- Hands-On “Fit to Work” Levels 1 & 2 with Bess Pierce & Cindy Otto
Presentation by: Bess Pierce & Cindy Otto
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About Bess Pierce:
Bess J. Pierce, DVM, Diplomate American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (Canine/Feline specialty) and American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (small animal), is an Associate Professor at Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine, where she leads the Veterinary Teaching Hospital’s Small Animal Community Practice and serves as director of CENTAUR, the Center for Animal and Human Relationships. In addition to her DVM, she holds a Master of Zoological Studies in wildlife biology and a Bachelor of Science in biology. She has completed the IVAS veterinary basic acupuncture course, the canine rehabilitation therapy certificate program from the Canine Rehabilitation Institute, and the canine rehabilitation certificate program from the University of Tennessee. Dr. Pierce is also a Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve, Veterinary Corps serving as the DIMA Director of the DOD MWDVS (military working dog veterinary service). Prior to joining the college in 2007 she completed 15 years of active military service with a variety of assignments worldwide. Dr. Pierce is active in the working dog community and her clinical interests include canine sports medicine and fitness, and animal assisted activities.
About Cindy Otto:
Dr. Otto, a 1986 graduate of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, received her small animal internal medicine residency and PhD training from the University of Georgia. She is currently a tenured associate professor of Critical Care at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine, where she is active in clinical care, research and teaching. She is a board certified specialist in veterinary emergency and critical care and serves as an attending veterinarian in the Ryan Veterinary Hospital Emergency Service. Dr. Otto has been involved in disaster medicine as an active member of the Pennsylvania Urban Search and Rescue Task Force 1 since 1994 (including deployments to Hurricane Floyd and 9/11) and the Veterinary Medical Assistance Team-2 since 1999 (deploying to Hurricane Katrina). She is the founding director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center. She has been monitoring the health and behavior of Urban Search and Rescue canines since October of 2001, through an AKC-CHF funded grant (now in its third renewal). She has established the AKC-CAR Detection Dog DNA bank. She is active in educating search dog handlers and members of the working dog community in canine care. She was named Pennsylvania’s 2002 “Veterinarian of the Year” and received an Alumni Recognition Award in 2006 and the OSU Distinguished Alumus Award in 2008 from the Ohio State University. She is involved in dog sports (flyball, agility, and tricks), and pet therapy, with her rescued Bichon mix, Dolce.
This video qualifies for 2.5 trainer CEUs