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What Is A Diabetic Alert Dog?

One of our Australian Shepherds was featured recently in the news. Click here to read that article and watch the video. Fish had his first alert tonight!! Cadence told me her belly hurt while she was in the tub. I got her out and she sat on the floor, fish beelined for her, planted his paws on her chest, and started nuzzling and licking under her chin!! Good boy Fish!!! 9/26/2011 8 weeks old Shadow is doing wonderfully. He is sleeping through the night. He usually wakes up if we are up and moving around the house. I actually felt bad because I thought he was just playing with R. last night. She was on the floor with him. He was jumping on her and pulling at her hair. She said she was hungry. I told her to wash up and sit at the table for dinner. Shadow then became very subdued and just layed down. I told him it was time to check R. (we usually check her at the table). He walked over to us and I picked him up. When she checked, she was 63! I really think he was trying to tell us she was low! We had him smell her test strip and she blow in his face. I told him "Good low Shadow! Good low!" He was so excited. After she ate, she was playing. Shadow when over to her and started pawing at Continue reading >>

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  1. FartyBanana

    This is Duncan the Service dog. He alerts his owner by bumping him with his nose when he senses that his blood glucose levels are out of range. Another alert/response he has been trained to do is to bring a juice box to his owner when they are at home. This has actually saved my friend's life once when he fell into a paralyzed-like state and couldn't get up. Duncan brought him a juice box and he was able to get his glucose back up.
    Edit: holy crap I wasn't expecting this! I just want to address some common questions:

    He'll close the damn fridge if you tell him to. He can open and shut doors, but he's gonna make sure you're solid first. He is apparently no longer asked to shut the fridge due to his nails scratching the stainless steel.

    I termed it a "paralyzed-like" state for lack of knowing what to call it. He was more "stuck" and needed some help. He wasn't stable enough to stand, but had use of his arms.

    We don't really know why exactly Duncan brought me a juice, as he isn't supposed to do that for other people. I remember that I was starving at the time, so my sugar was probably low, and my friend had stepped out for a few minutes, so he probably just didn't know what to do. "You smell that way that Dad isn't supposed to smell like. Here's a juice."

    If you want to help with service dogs, look into a training facility near you. If you can't give monetary donations, volunteers are usually needed.

  2. styroducky

    How does he sense glucose levels?

  3. FartyBanana

    It is a scent. The trainers provide scent samples, preferably from the future owner of the dog, though sometimes they obtain them from volunteers. My friend would actually ziplock and freeze a shirt he was wearing when he was out of range and mail it to the company to use to train with.

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