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Bucks' 'Super six' ready to sniff out COVID-19

The team of dogs are starting their training to detect coronavirus and they could be able to pick up the scent in as little as 6 weeks.

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 7:55am 2nd May 2020. 3-minute read.

Bucks' 'Super six' ready to sniff out COVID-19

A Buckinghamshire charity is ready to start the next stage of their dog training. 

Medical Detection Dogs has created a team of dogs whose noses could play a vital role in preventing further spread of COVID-19. 

Norman, Digby, Storm, Star, Jasper and Asher are ready to be assessed before the ones that pass start work on a project training to detect the virus. 

The successful dogs could be able to sniff it out in as little as 6-8 weeks. 

Claire is from the charity:

"I love this work because it combine this wonderful relationship we've got with dogs. Now, dogs can do things that us humans can't because of their incredible sense of smell. When we work together we can save many many humans around the globe and that's just what out lovely dogs want to do. 

"The dogs that have been chosen have passed their foundation training, so we know they love to use their nose. We have to make sure as well they're very sociable dogs as well that are happy to be in a public environment."

The team of six dogs have been nicknamed the "Super Six" and Medical Detection Dogs even provided us with a bio for each of them:

Medical detection dogs

Claire is keen to explain these dogs are well looked after as well:

"We know that dogs cannot get COVID-19 the evidence is clear that they contract it themselves. But we want to make it a very safe process when it comes to volunteers and for the families the dogs go back to.

"Welfare is absolutely paramount to our charity. All our dogs live in volunteer homes, we have an absolute no kennel policy. They come into work, its a short work day, and they go home.

"They become pet dogs again where they curl up on the sofa and run around the fields... Its incredibly important that our dogs enjoy this work because that is the only way we move forward together."

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