The selection process of dogs for the K9 Medical Detection programme is rigorous and only the best dogs are eligible. Dogs must show enthusiasm and a willing desire to perform any task. This needs to be accompanied by a strong work ethic. Dogs are required to have an excellent temperament and be calm and confident in any environment and around people.
Dogs in the K9MD programme are not breed-specific. Their ability to work combined with temperament determines their suitability. To ensure the availability of suitable dogs we have a puppy development programme where genetically selected puppies are raised and socialised in preparation for their scent detection training. The health and welfare of all K9MD dogs are of paramount importance and accordingly undergo regular health checks.
K9 Medical Detection dogs enjoy the perfect work/life balance. K9MD dogs love going to work. It’s a happy place! Throughout their training and medical detection work, they enjoy a variety of enrichment experiences. Runs on the beach, on the farm, interacting with the general public. K9 Medical Detection dogs live with either the trainer or K9 Medical Detection personnel and enjoy family life when not working. They are not left in kennels.