A charity dedicated to training dogs in the detection and recognition of human disease by odour. Read on to find out more about the charity and how you can help by becoming a puppy socialiser. There are two divisions at Medical Detection Dogs:
Cancer Alert Dogs
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs
Cancer Alert Dogs: Medical Detection Dog’s first study published in the British Medical Journal in 2004, showed that dogs can be trained to identify the odour of human cancer. This finding indicated the potential for a new method of diagnosing cancer. We currently have on-going studies to detecting prostate and breast cancer using a dog’s remarkable sense of smell.
Medical Alert Assistance Dogs: We also train medical assistance dogs to alert individuals managing day to day life threatening conditions by detecting minute changes in body odour. These include blood sugar detection dogs for adults and children coping with unstable Type 1 diabetes who receive no warning of dangerously low blood sugar (hypos), which, if left untreated, can result in coma, seizure and hospitalisation. In addition, we train dogs for clients with life threatening Addison’s disease and serious allergies.
Medical Detection Dogs make a difference, prevent medical emergencies, save human lives and improve quality of life for children and their families. Medical Detection Dogs receive no government or NHS funding and desperately need funds to continue this amazing work.
A SNIFF can save a LIFE.
Puppy Socialisers Scheme
As a volunteer socialiser, you will provide essential environmental conditioning to develop the puppy into a well balanced confident adult who is suitable for detection training as well as ensuring the puppy is healthy and happy.
Why should I socialise my puppy? Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work in many areas from someone’s home to shops and busy airports. In order for them to feel comfortable in these environments it is vital they be well socialised and accustomed to different noises, situations and people. This can be achieved by exposing the puppy to as many different and callenging environments as possible.
How do I socialise my puppy? There are many areas that you can take your puppy. This includes shopping centres, train stations and crossings, schools, busy roads, playgrounds, local sporting events, and different types of stairs and surfaces. Puppies should become accustomed to travelling in cars, slippery floors, confined spaces, vacuum cleaners, lawn mowers, and loud noises. The greater the exposure to a wide variety of things, people and other animals, the better equipped your puppy will be.
What about children? The puppy should be allowed to regularly play with children to familiarise them with the quick and unpredictable movements children often make. A dog that has not been well socialised with children from a young age is often nervous around them in later life.
Although no experience is required Puppy Socialisers must:
• Be at least 18 years old.
• Have the time to commit.
• Willing to attend regular training sessions.
• Be able to cope with a young puppy/dog.
• Be able to meet the physical and mental needs of having a puppy/young dog.
• Be prepared to follow any training advice given by Medical Detection Dogs.
• Have a suitably fenced and secure garden.
• Not be away from home or leave the puppy for more than 2 hours when the puppy is under 4 months or 3 hours over 4 months.
• Any children within the home should ideally be over the age of 4 years old, although younger children will be considered.
• We will consider homes with existing pet dogs.
Question to consider before applying:
• Have I got the time and can I be committed?
• Am I prepared attend regular training sessions?
• Am I prepared to be restricted and change my lifestyle?
• Can I accept any damage a puppy might cause?
• Can I give up a dog that I have looked after and grown fond of?
For more information please contact us at:
Medical Detection Dogs
Greenway Business Park
Milton Keynes MK17 0NP
T 01296 655888
Registered Charity No: 1124533
Our dogs give their ‘owners’ confidence, a better quality of life, freedom and independence.