Puppy Socialisers

Medical Detection Dogs train dogs to detect the odour of human disease. lt is at the forefront of the research into the fight against cancer and helping people with life-threatening diseases.

The Bio-Detection Dogs are trained to find the odour of diseases, such as cancer, in samples such as urine, breath and swabs. The Medical Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to detect minute changes in an individual's personal odour triggered by their disease* and alert them to an impending medical event.  They receive no government funding for their work and rely entirely on the generosity of donations from trusts and the public

Medical Detection Dogs are looking for caring family homes, to look after and socialise puppies and young adult dogs up to 16 months old.

Medical Detection Dogs train their assistance dogs to accompany clients with detectable medical conditions and alert them to oncoming episodes.

If you can support the charity by being involved in socialising puppies or dogs for a period of time, they would love to hear from you.

The role involves, attending regular local puppy classes, following positive dog training methods, being at home a significant amount of the day.


  • A secure, dog-friendly garden.
  • Time and stamina to manage an active puppy/dog

  • Travelling to classes at the centre or local area on a weekly basis.  The centre is based in Great Horwood, Buckinghamshire  MK17 0NP
  • Keeping focused on the ultimate role for the dog that will eventually move onto a partnership


  • Accessibility
  • Age restrictions
    Medical Detection Dogs does not specify any age range for volunteers, however 16-18 year olds will be asked to complete a Parental Consent Form, and there may be restrictions for select individuals due to specific health and safety issues.
  • DBS check required
  • Equal Opportunities Policy
  • Expenses reimbursed
    Payment of out of pocket expenses.
  • Health and Safety Policy
  • Ongoing support
  • Training provided
  • Volunteer induction
    Induction process which includes submitting of application form, a home visit, training and handling classes.
  • Volunteer Policy
  • Volunteers covered by insurance

When can I volunteer?

Start Date: 24/07/2017

End Date: 25/07/2020

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Availability Details

This is a full - time volunteer role as the puppy/dog will live with the volunteer for a number of months.


This opportunity can be carried out whilst working from home.

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