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What is a diabetic alert dog? A diabetic alert dog is a dog that uses his/her heightened sense of smell to detect changes in the scent of a diabetics saliva to determine if they are at a good blood sugar level. If their handler is at an alert-worthy level, they will bump the person's hand with their nose. How are they trained? Our diabetic alert dogs are trained by using scent training. The trainers we are partnered with follow a very specific training process to ensure the dogs will alert at their handlers specific high and low blood sugar levels. They are also trained in public access and obedience. What is a night alert? A night alert is when a diabetic alert dog wakes his handler up when he detects a change in their blood sugar. All diabetic alert dogs by us will be trained in specific "real life" situations, especially in their night alerts. How are your diabetic alert dogs selected? Using the information from the application as well as phone conversations, we sort through dogs in a large number of rescues, shelters, and humane societies to find the right match for each applicant. Dogs are selected based on age, temperament, food motivations, nose, and size, as well as other s Continue reading >>

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  1. Jtrib

    Considering self training. I have some questions.

    I have a nearly 7 year old daughter who is a type 1 diabetic. She was diagnosed 2 years ago. I'd like the idea of a diabetic dog. But I am very nervous about the cost of trying to get 1 from somewhere. I've searched around and the cost is nearly 20,000 dollars. I live in north carolina and I can get 1 from ears eyes nose and paws on it possible scholarship but I still have to raise the rest. Additionally there is the cost to the family and dollars and in work time of having to take off for 2 weeks and stay in that part of north carolina for onsite training. This is it no way a reflextion of our ability to maintain pets. We have 2 dogs, an alaskan malumute and a sheltie. They both are trained dogs. The sheltie was trained by me and can be obedient off leash and follow without command. We got the malumute when he was older and he was already trained but it is not as proficient off leash as the sheltie, but that is do more to his goofy stubborn breed than anything else.
    My time is limited as I am a mom of 5, but I am willing to put in the time to train a dog if it comes into my house as I did with my sheltie.
    My first question is does anybody have any experience with the alert dog university video series and being able to do it yourself?
    Secondly which breed do you recommend? I am considering a labrador, golden retriever, or in australian shepherd. What are the pros and cons to each breed?
    Next obtaining a puppy from a breeder is extremely expensive has anybody had any luck with asking a breeder to donate a puppy as they do with the service alert organizations?
    Next is it confusing to try to train a diabetic alert dog around the person with type 1 diabetes while their blood sugar is fluctuating during the training period?
    Another question, do you have to have the service dog officially certified in order to gain access to public areas?
    Do puppies in training I have access to these areas?
    Does the dog need to be canine good citizen certified?
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  2. equineacres

    Re: Considering self training. I have some questions.

    There are no required certifications. Dogs in training don't always have the rights as a trained dog. Look into your local laws for that.
    I have a golden. He is a laid back guy and you have to be very alert to their body language when first beginning the training, and even after they have a solid alert behavior.
    I haven't heard of any breeders donating dogs to alert dog programs. Most I have seen have purchased or bred their own dogs. I may be wrong since many new programs have cropped up since I got my dog.
    Have you considered training your sheltie to do the job?
    Most self trainers train with a diabetic in the home. The dogs figure out the job. You just have to be sure that when you are doing a scent training session that the diabetic is either in "normal" range or not home so that they can focus on the scent.
    And welcome!
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  3. Jtrib

    Re: Considering self training. I have some questions.

    I am not sure if my sheltie has overcome his nervousness around people. Most of the time he prefers strange people leave him alone, but he will stay if you command him to, but on his own he would quietly walk away. He has done better.over the yrs at dog parks, but I am just not sure of him because of that. He lacks natural confidence. He is 7.5yrs old.

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