Do you use specific breeds of dogs for cancer detection?
All dogs and breeds have the capability to detect cancer and crisis situations in humans. However because our dogs screen samples on a carousel we select working breeds with a high hunt drive. Our dogs are a mixture of breeds including Labradors and working spaniels and are chosen according to their ability. It is important that they have good noses and love searching and hunting for toys.
How often do the Cancer Detection Dogs work?
They work 2 to 4 times a week for short periods of about 20 minutes in our training centre at Great Horwood with lots of opportunity for rest and playtime. The dogs view their work as a great game that they love playing.
Where do they live?
They all live in homes as part of a caring family and lead normal happy lives as pet dogs.
Do you offer a screening service?
We do not currently offer a cancer screening service. The dogs work on samples in the bio-
What are the dogs detecting?
With their incredible sense of smell dogs can detect the minute odours now understood to be associated with many cancers. Cancer Detection Dogs are trained to detect the odour of volatiles associated with cancer cells present in urine or breath samples.
What type of training do you use?
Our fundamental training method is reward based and we use clicker training for all our bio-
What is your aim?
he dogs have the capacity to provide second line diagnostic support for cancers that are currently difficult to diagnose reliably, such as prostate cancer. Our research will also enable the development of more electronic systems using the information that the dogs have told us.
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