One of the newest additions to the Richmond SPCA's lineup of summer programming for children is "Dogs with Jobs," and the first session, held the week of July 6-8, captured the attention of the 27 campers who attended. Staff who could take a short break from their work often filled the back of the Track & Training Center to catch a glimpse of the fascinating working dog presentations. The dogs and handlers who presented in July will return to the Richmond SPCA for another sold-out session the week of Aug. 17; however we have an all new roster next week, Aug. 10-12, and there's still time to register your kids to see presentations from agility dogs, acting dogs, service dogs and more.
Here's a look at the guest speakers and their amazing working dogs who made the first Dogs with Jobs session such a success.
Officer AJ Jackson explains how tracking dogs are trained and used by the Richmond Police Department. During this three-day session in July, Critter Campers learned about the variety of working and service dogs and how they perform their jobs. Each day featured four presentations from guest speakers such as Officer Jackson.
Officer Jackson and his pal Hopper demonstrated their bond along with the many skills that are required of tracking dogs.
Liberty, a black lab mix, works with Hanover County Fire & EMS on their search and rescue team. As an Urban Search & Rescue dog, one of Liberty's main duties is to search for people who remain alive and stuck in rubble after a building is destroyed.
Carol Maupin, who specializes in training obedience dogs, lets her dog Topper show off for the crowd of kids. Topper is a Belgian Shepherd Tervuren who followed Carol's commands through different obedience trials to showcase his skills.
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