They believe it's the first program of its kind.
Researchers are on a search for potential dogs who can be trained to detect human cancer.
The puppies will spend about six months with selected foster parents who will help prepare the dogs to provide service to a human cancer survivor.
The dogs they're working with currently all came from a shelter.
"We're looking for a high drive dog. Not a bounce off the wall dog, but a dog that can be very attentive for a long periods of time. Ideally it's a snouted dog," says Donna Waugh.
Researchers are hoping to start off with four to six puppies.
They're also recruiting volunteers who can go to shelters to scout out potential puppies for training.
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