Sophia was brought into the Richmond SPCA with fractures in both her knees at just 6 months old.  A number of disabled and Tripods (3 legged dogs) find a new lease on life when they learn to swim.  The Richmond SPCA used swimming to help heal Sophia's bones and trust in people.  Learning to become an expert dog swimmer also gave her a new skill to make her more adoptable. Click here to learn more about Sophia.

The life of a police dog can mean being cooped up in a squad car, making it hard to stay fit, and obtain training.  Richmond’s K9 unit trains for water situations and stays in shape year-round thanks to dog swimming.  Without a budget for this activity,  the police officers would have to pay personally, so ACE provides needed swim time.  

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The majority of the staff and volunteers at dog rescue organizations, dog groomers, dog walkers, dog daycare workers are not trained in dog first aid.  Amy McCracken, Executive Director of the Richmond Animal League, said of the American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR class, "These classes can save your dog's life, so this training is vital for anyone who loves dogs."  The 3 hour class uses lecture, video, discussion, and practice. Special petequins are used.  Certification is included.  The class covers: Managing breathing and cardiac emergencies, Preparing for disasters, Managing urgent care situations, Breathing and pulse rates, Treating wounds, Controlling bleeding, CPR, Snout Resuscitation, Caring for eye, foot and ear injuries, Emergency Phone Numbers, Safely restraining an aggressive, sick, or injured pet.

Advanced Canine Education is a unique organization, with a multiplier effect.  ACE supports dogs by giving services to dogs, and to those who serve them.  We help dog related charitable organizations, rescue groups, first responders, service dogs, therapy dogs, police k9 dogs, and provide training for the staff members of these groups.  We focus on… 
  1. American Red Cross Canine First Aid & CPR training and certification, so the professionals and volunteers working for dog organizations can identify, and handle, emergency situations until appropriate veterinary assistance is available. 
  2. Dog swimming in a heated, indoor, specially equipped, saline pool for injured, recuperating, unadoptable (in need of skills, confidence, or socialization), geriatric dogs referred by dog organizations and veterinarians.  
  3. Specialized training and educational opportunities for students, dog owners, and the public, including Red Cross, speakers, and pre-Vet college programs, high school Vet Assistant programs, and dog clubs.
Advanced Canine Education, is a unique organization, with a multiplier effect. ACE supports dogs by giving services to dogs, and to those who serve them.  Advanced Canine Education provides dogs with swim instructors in a heated indoor, specially equipped, saline pool, for injured, recuperating, unadoptable (in need of skills or socialization), geriatric dogs who are referred to ACE by shelters, rescue organizations, veterinarians, first responders, service and therapy dogs. 
ACE has no paid staff. ACE is a 501c3 non profit registered at the Virginia Office of Charitable & Regulatory Programs. 
We help dog related charitable organizations, rescue groups, first responders, service dogs, therapy dogs, police k9 dogs, and provide training for the staff members of these groups.