This is Man’s Best Friend. Man’s Best Defense.

Through research, teaching, and outreach, the Canine Performance Sciences Program continually improves animal detection science and technology to serve and CPS_visual_identity_final_AUapproved-01defend the nation and society.

CPS is the successor of a research effort that began in 1990 at the College of Veterinary Medicine. Presently, CPS makes advancements through research that protect and serve national and local communities by countering threats — specifically explosive, narcotic, biological, and ecological threats — through man’s best defense, detection canines.

Read a recent article about Canine Performance Sciences which appeared in Street & Smith’s Sports Business Journal.

CPS conducts necessary canine detection research. Our scientists play a vital role in increasing the technology that gives man’s best defense the capabilities necessary to protect and defend our citizens.IMG-2059 Our research programs have created new limits to canine capabilities such as virus detection, GPS-guided dogs, underground microscopic fungi detection, Vapor Wake dogs, IDD detection dogs, and much more.

CPS canines are the ultimate real-time mobile detection system that protects, defends, and serves The United States of America. CPS canines are Man’s Best Friend and Man’s Best Defense.

CPS Research Programs

Canine Detection Research Institute
Metcalf Veterinary Sports Medicine Program
EcoDogs Program
Breeding Program

 Community Involvement

CPS is devoted to  improving the way that humans and dogs interact through our development programs, and through interaction with the local community. CPS has a number of programs designed to enrich the interactions that we share with dogs, both in work and play.

Dog Bite Prevention Program
PHED 1220 Class - Fitness Through Puppy Play
Help Raise a Hero Campaign

The CPS Team

Our Staff


  • Co-Director
    L. Paul Waggoner, Ph.D.
    Phone:256/820-8251 Ext. 116

  • Co-Director
    Craig Angle, Ph.D., ME.d, ATC, CSCS

  • Program Advisor
    Jim Floyd, DVM, MS, DACT

  • Administrative Associate
    Karen Galik

Support CPS by making a donation through the Auburn University Foundation, designated to the Canine Performance Sciences. Give by mail, made out to the Auburn University Foundation, and sent to the attention of:

Auburn University Foundation
Attn: Gift Processing
RE: Canine Performance Sciences
317 South College Street
Auburn, Alabama 36849

Canine Performance Sciences
104 Greene Hall,
Auburn University, AL 36849