There’s something of the “school drop off” on weekday mornings at the charity, Medical Detection Dogs’s headquarters.
The bio detection dogs and trainee medical alert assistance dogs dogs live with families and volunteer fosterers. On weekday mornings they are dropped off at the training centre, where they plunge into a schedule of training, socialising and break time in the paddock.
Gemma Butlin of Medical Detection Dogs explains to Dogs with Jobs presenter Kate Fairweather how the charity keeps its many dogs relaxed and happy on site, during their training, and what a typical day looks like for the charity’s trainee medical alert assistance dogs.
We hear from “puppy picker” Chris, who explains the qualities he looks for in very small puppies, and how they will be gently introduced to a wide range of stimuli – from hairdryers to tractors. A varied and exciting puppyhood is essential to develop the steadiness that will be required of the dogs once they start work with their human partners.
We hear about half a dozen bio detection dogs and trainees in this episode of Dogs with Jobs, and hear them relaxing on site at Medical Detection Dogs.
Linked or connected episodes:
- Interview with Dr. Claire Guest OBE, founder and CEO of Medical Detection Dogs (June 2023)
- Meet Plum, the E-coli detection dog and hear her at work at Medical Detection Dogs’ training centre (June 2023)
- Hear about the work of medical alert assistance dogs from Simone Brainch of Medical Detection Dogs (March 2022)
Find out more about Medical Detection Dogs, which is celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2023