Getting a Diabetes Alert Dog: How and Where
There are no licensing or certification standards that diabetes alert dog (DAD) providers must adhere to.
Be prepared to educate yourself about the alert dog training process and to investigate potential providers if you are interested in getting a DAD.
DADs are amazing service dogs that alert people with diabetes (usually Type 1) when their blood sugar is high or low. The dogs detect glucose shifts early on, giving the human ample time to test and make adjustments before the high or low becomes life-threatening.
What Is Required of DADs
There is more to being a proficient DAD than recognizing the glycemic scent. According to the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance, all DADs ready to be placed should meet these minimum requirements:
The dogs must be certified as physically fit by a veterinarian, be free from pests and parasites, be well-groomed, and relieve themselves in suitable locations.
The dogs must be non-aggressive and calm in public places, not seeking attention, bothering the general public, or disrupting businesses.
The dogs must be confident and comfortable in a variety of settings and recover their poise quickly after novel experiences.
The dogs must demonstrate obedience to voice and/or hand signals for staying, sitting, coming when called, lying down and walking in a controlled manner with their human companions.
The dogs must perform a minimum of three tasks: alerting to high blood sugar, alerting to low blood sugar, and getting help (for instance: alerting someone, bringing a medical kit, plus another assigned task).
The dogs should be monitored monthly during the f Continue reading