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A socialiser’s view

Sam Somerville is a socialiser with Medical Detection Dogs – looking after puppies in the early months and getting them used to the world around them. Here she shares her experiences . . .
Alan goes to town

Alan goes to town

This week we have been going into town to get Alan familiar with all things shopping… Love it or hate it, everyone needs to go shopping at some point so it’s important that Alan will be comfortable going into town and shops with his client. One of the main issues for... read more

Sydney

Sydney leaves us…   Unfortunately Syd has been withdrawn from the programme as she is a very sensitive soul who finds working in busy environments such as towns and supermarkets just a bit too much. The Medical Alert Dogs are so extra special and have to be... read more

This week we have been mostly…

Making new friends This week we had fellow Medical Detection puppy in training, Sydney come to stay. Sydney is an eight and a half month old Cockerpoo and very sweet – and fast!! Bounce and Syd had great fun chasing each other around the garden, first one in front... read more

Finally…

Bounce has finished all his vaccinations and is now allowed out for proper walks – hooray!! Our first walk had to be at Ashridge as that’s always been a firm favourite with us and the dogs. Dillon showed him what to do, and he was soon off exploring his new, bigger... read more

This week we have been mostly…

Finding Bounce’s character. Ok so I’m not saying that he’s naughty as such, because he isn’t at all – let’s just say that he’s becoming more challenging as he’s getting more confident! Don’t get me wrong, it’s all good and as it should be, I think I’d be more worried... read more

This week we have been mostly…

Practicing our training. A whole month has now passed since the tiny puppy that was Bounce joined us – wow! He’s grown so much and is now a whopping 10kg! We had a heelwork practical at the Medical Detection Dogs headquarters in Great Horwood this week. It was so good... read more

This week we have been mostly…

Meeting new people. I can’t believe we’re into our third week with Bounce already! He’s growing so much, he almost looks bigger every morning at the moment. Even though Bounce still isn’t fully vaccinated so isn’t able to be down on the floor, we’ve been taking him... read more
This week we have been mostly…

This week we have been mostly…

Finding our teeth! I laughed at our trainer Sophie when she warned me about Bounce chewing things around the house such as the skirting – “Ha!” I said, “We haven’t got any skirting for him to chew!” (You might have noticed from some of the photos that our house is... read more

This week we have been mostly…

Hearing new sounds. There’s been lots going on this week at home. The plumber has been back to finish our downstairs shower room and put some electrics in the ceiling so there’s been lots of drilling, banging and cutting. Bounce hasn’t been bothered at all by the... read more

Getting to know you

What an amazing week! Bounce is just the sweetest puppy and we are all completely smitten already. It’s been lovely to see how much he’s changed even in this short time and how his confidence has grown seemingly by the hour! Sophie our trainer recommended that he... read more
Volunteering with Medical Detection Dogs

Volunteers are essential to the work we do, providing help and support to vital services from socialising our puppies through to driving and working in the office with us. If you would like to volunteer in any of the following areas please fill in the application form by clicking on the link on the left.   If you would like more information please select from the following or contact our Volunteer Coordinator, at volunteering@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888

If you enjoy fundraising and want to make a real difference to the work we do then why not become an active fundraiser for Medical Detection Dogs? You can have fun, build up your CV, meet lots of new friends, learn new skills and contribute directly to a really worthwhile cause. The Charity is funded purely by voluntary contributions, without our fundraisers Medical Detection Dogs can not continue to support people with life threatening health conditions. We are looking for people from all over the UK to help us fundraise, whether it’s collecting at a local supermarket, taking part in a fun run, or organizing an event. It doesn’t matter how much time you can give – some events are one-offs and others require a greater commitment, but everyone can get involved.

Collection Box Co-ordinators If you have very little spare time, but would still like to make a BIG difference to the charity, you could leave collection boxes with local businesses, such as vets, petrol stations, chemists, bakeries, newsagents, pubs, hairdressers, garden centres or pet shops. The role of ‘collection box co-ordinator’ includes identifying potential box sites, picking up the boxes when they are full, leaving new boxes in their place and then counting and banking the money for Medical Detection Dogs.

Leaflet Distribution We need people to help distribute Medical Detection Dogs literature and put up posters, locally to you; your place of work, local library, garden centre, school, doctor or dentist surgeries. – as many places as possible. If you are happy to identify suitable locations, arrange permission with the owners and deliver supplies of various leaflets and posters please let us know. If you are interested in becoming a fundraiser please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Email volunteering@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888

Socialiser information sessions

If you are thinking about becoming a Puppy Socialiser and would like to find out more, come along to our next Puppy Socialiser information session on Tuesday 13 September 2016, from 1pm – 3pm at Great Horwood. These afternoons are designed for new socialisers, new applicants and people considering socialising and fostering a dog for us. We will cover all aspects of  the role, (both long term and holiday cover), support available and be chance for you to ask any questions and meet fellow socialisers. Please let me know if you are able to come, we would love to see you. To book your place contact our Puppy Training Support Coordinator Pam Jones: Email pam.jones@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888


We need socialisers within travelling distance of the centre: Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire. We also have a small satellite in the Witney area. We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs. No experience is needed but you need to meet the following criteria: CAN YOU

  • Attend regular local puppy classes?
  • Be at home most of the day?
  • Follow positive dog training methods?
  • Regularly visit lots of different environments and use various forms of transport to socialised a puppy?
  • Be willing to support charity events?

DO YOU

  • Have a secure, dog friendly garden?
  • Have the time and stamina to manage an active puppy?
  • Have the ability to travel to classes at the centre or local area once a month?

We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs whilst the puppy is with you. Support and advice is provided. Full time foster homes We sometimes require full time foster families to look after one of our Bio-detection dogs. These dogs live in the home environment as a general pet dog but have special qualities that we wish to use. They will need to be transported to our centre 2-3 times a week for periods of time when they are involved in training for particular projects. This is mainly a long term commitment, but we do need foster homes for shorter periods of time on occasions. In return you will receive the general enjoyment and rewards of looking after a special dog. We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs. If you can provide a loving home environment to one of these dogs and are willing to transport the dog to our centre when required then please contact us. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Puppy Training Support Coordinator Pam Jones Email pam.jones@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888 We are also looking for socialisers in the Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Glasgow area, ideally within an hour’s driving time of the KA25 (North Ayrshire) post code area. Contact mandie.danks@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or 07946 202756.

We sometimes require full time foster families to look after one of our Bio-detection dogs. These dogs live in the home environment as a general pet dog but have special qualities that we wish to use. They will need to be transported to our centre 2-3 times a week for periods of time when they are involved in training for particular projects. This is mainly a long term commitment, but we do need foster homes for shorter periods of time on occasions. In return you will receive the general enjoyment and rewards of looking after a special dog. We provide food and equipment for the puppy and cover all veterinary costs. If you can provide a loving home environment to one of these dogs and are willing to transport the dog to our centre when required then please contact our Puppy Training Support Coordinator Pam Jones Email pam.jones@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888 Or apply here.
Are you a people person?  Would you like to interact with lots of interesting people both face to face and via telephone in a unique environment?  If so consider joining our Reception team at the Centre at Great Horwood. The primary function is to provide a first class, professional and warm service to telephone callers and visitors to the Charity.  Excellent telephone manner needed, attention to detail and email skills vital to ensure messages are passed on accurately to the correct person.  This is a position that requires a regular time commitment. If you are interested in volunteering please contact our Volunteer Coordinator: email volunteering@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888 Or apply here.

Medical Detection Dogs need a national network of speakers to help promote awareness of the Charity and raise funds to support and train our dogs. The role is an important one as often this is the first time that people will of heard about the charity. As well as promoting the Charity speakers also raise much needed funds and encourage others to fundraise in various ways for example by leaving a legacy in their will or organising a fundraising/sponsored event on our behalf.

Some frequently asked questions:

What type of groups do speakers address? Speakers visit groups such as Lions and Rotary Clubs, Women’s Institutes and Guilds, Brownies and other similar youth groups, schools, etc.

How will I know what to talk about? We have produced materials to support anyone speaking on our behalf. We organise ‘Speakers Training Days’ and offer the chance to visit our training centre at Great Horwood. Where possible, numbers permitting regional training sessions will be organised. These sessions will give you the chance to meet with other speakers, and staff, receive up to date information, training and tips on addressing audiences and sharing ideas.

How will I keep up to date with relevant information? A newsletter is sent to all voluntary speakers giving up to date information and stories to help you keep your talk relevant and up to date. You will also receive regular puppy updates and charity newsletters.

How many talks would you expect me to give? This is entirely up to you! We just ask you to do as many or as few talks as you wish that are convenient to you.

How far would you expect me to travel? Again this is your choice.

How are talks allocated? If a request is received at Head Office it is allocated to the nearest speaker who is available at the time of day required. You are welcome to organise your own talks.

Or apply here.

Regional support groups are an essential part of Medical Detection Dogs. They can raise valuable funds and encourage local support as well as inspire others to help us. We are looking to establish a national network of groups.

What do groups do? Groups raise valuable funds for Medical Detection Dogs. Group members decide on ways to fundraise and organise their own events with support from Head Office or where possible Regional Fundraisers.

What is expected of a branch? Anything you raise is brilliant and valuable to the Charity. The important thing is for each group to decide on an achievable goal and for everyone to enjoy what they are doing. As long as it is legal, have a go!

How many people make a support group? Fundraising can be hard work and it takes motivated and willing volunteers to set up a local fundraising group. Groups can vary in size and initiators can recruit as many or as few group members as they like, but really the more the better! If you are interested in or starting a joining a Regional support group please contact our Volunteer Coordinator Email volunteering@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk or telephone 01296 655888


Cotswold and Oxon Regional Group Contact: oxon.supportgrp@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk


Milton Keynes Regional Group Contact: miltonkeynes.supportgrp@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk


North West Regional Group Contact: northwest.supportgrp@medicaldetectiondogs.org.uk