A new four-year Bachelor of Technology program at SUNY Cobleskill is teaching students skills like competition obedience for the American Kennel Club to canine aggression training.
About 70 students are enrolled in the degree program, and the about 50 dogs come from the families of students, faculty and members of the community.
“We would like to improve the quality of life for all the dogs that come under our influence, we would like the owners of all the dogs to have better relationships with their animals, and we would like to serve our country at the same time,“ said Professor of Animal Science Stephen Mackenzie. “Since 9/11 we’ve seen a real increase in the need for not only dogs, but people who are capable of handling and training them for security purposes,“ Mackenzie added.
The program continues the school’s focus of experiential learning for its students. While the program uses dogs with homes, the school said it plans to work with those in shelters soon.