Trust me, I’m a dog-tor! Charity training dogs to spot diseases introduces first specially-bred pups qualified to sniff out illnesses including Covid

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  • Charity launches new breeding scheme to produce litter of bio-detection dogs
  • Trained to detect odors of diseases in samples such as urine, breath and sweat
  • Capable of detecting cancer and other life-threatening diseases, including Parkinson’s
  • Medical Detection Dogs has revealed its first set of exclusively bred puppies

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Dogs, a charity training to sniff out deadly diseases, has revealed the first pups to come out of its specialist breeding plan.

Buckinghamshire-based charity Medical Detection Dogs has been working since 2008 to create bio-detection dogs that have been trained to detect diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s.

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The charity, which has since trained its incredible dogs to detect the smell of COVID, launched its first breeding scheme last year, when Labrador Leia gave birth to three boys and three girls just before Christmas.

Six adorable pups will save lives with their training, with four set to remain as bio detection dogs at MMD in Milton Keynes, while Hershey and Max will be rehomed to other UK assistance dog charities.

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Buckinghamshire-based charity Medical Detection Dogs has revealed the first pups to come off their specialist breeding scheme training pooch to detect life-threatening diseases. Volunteer Caroline Molan is pictured with the two pups of the plan

Images, lr: Alf, Poppy, Coco, Hershey, Imperial, Max from the new breeding plan of Medical Detection Dogs

Images, lr: Alf, Poppy, Coco, Hershey, Imperial, Max from the new breeding plan of Medical Detection Dogs

Puppy Supply and Training Manager, Chris Allen, said: ‘Sourcing the puppies has been challenging during the pandemic.

‘Launching our own breeding scheme will enable us to complement our current dog supply routes.

‘This will not be our only source and we gratefully accept donations and train dogs from rescues, but it will allow us to continue training a steady supply of dogs to save lives.

‘Pups are absolutely gorgeous and real characters already. We have a confident, intelligent and cheeky – like all siblings!’

The charity launched its first fertility scheme last year when Labrador Leia (pictured) gave birth to three boys and three girls just before Christmas

The charity launched its first fertility scheme last year when Labrador Leia (pictured) gave birth to three boys and three girls just before Christmas

Six adorable puppies are pictured soon after birth

Four are set to remain at MMD in Milton Keynes as bio detection dogs and two others are set to remain at UK assistance dog charity again

Six adorable pups, pictured soon after birth, will save lives with their training, four set to remain as bio detection dogs at MMD in Milton Keynes and two sets re-homing to other UK assistance dog charities

Medical Detection Dogs trains dogs to save lives using their amazing sense of smell, learning to smell diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s and malaria in the training room of the Bio Detection Dogs charity.

Medical Alert Assistance Dogs work with individuals with complex conditions such as type 1 diabetes, POTS and severe allergies to alert them when medical emergencies occur.

Most recently, the charity has been training dogs to detect the smell of COVID-19 and is now screening people in real-life settings as part of their training.

Charity’s research in 2014 suggested that dogs can smell odors About one part per trillion – the equivalent of a teaspoon of sugar in two Olympic-sized swimming pools.

Meet the Dogs! Pups threatening life-threatening diseases

hershey

Hershey’s is a sweet, pretty girl with a slightly mottled yellow coat and as the name suggests – very sweet!

She is very friendly and eager to please and cannot fail to attract attention with her expressive face and long eyelashes.

cocoa

From an early age, Coco was always ahead and always the first to investigate new things. She is like her mother in looks and expressions. As a small puppy, she kept walking even after others had crashed.

She loves the game of tug of war and is a little more outspoken than the others and is extremely sweet. Puppy with endless energy!

Royal (imp)

As a newborn baby if he appears to be missing, it was because he was hiding under the mother’s tail and you couldn’t separate him from him.

He’s the shortest in stature with a fluffier coat, but he’s no longer a ‘mommy’s boy’ and has loads of vigor and enthusiasm and can definitely hold his own. Like Coco, he too is not surprised by new things.

poppy

Very expressive, a pretty yellow puppy with occasional drooping eyes, she is often the last to wake up and the first to fall asleep after playing, often in mom’s bed.

Though happy to be a part of the gang, she watches the events from afar. Quiet but cheeky- Poppy is a thinker!

Alpha

Alf was one of those people who always came first to the Milk Bar and went to the food.

He often left his sisters in action, but as the weeks went by he proved to be a smart guy who picked up the basics of toilet training with ease and is a friendly and chunky, happy person.

Max

Equally Chunky he enjoys Rough and Tumble with his brother Alf. He often sleeps deeply on his back while snoring. He is always ‘in the thick of it’. action man!

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