your local area Diabetic Service Dog FAQs
What is a Diabetic Alert Dog?
Many Americans suffer from type 1 diabetes and spend their days constantly monitoring their blood sugar levels. If these levels get too low, an individual can go into hypoglycemic shock which can lead to seizures, blackouts, and even comas. Our diabetic alert service dogs are professionally trained to identify the subtle changes in an individual’s blood chemistry so that they can alert them or a caregiver to these low blood sugar levels before critical symptoms occur.
Do I need a Diabetic Alert Dog?
Due to the many conditions that regularly accompany diabetes, we do recommend getting a free in-home evaluation to see if a diabetic alert dog would be a good fit for you. If you experience hypoglycemia unawareness, control blood sugar with insulin, have frequent hypoglycemia (particularly at night), live alone, have a disability or are unable to recognize and react to symptoms, you may be a good candidate for receiving a diabetic alert dog.
What is the process for obtaining a Diabetic Alert Dog?
We’ll begin by performing a free, in-home evaluation. During this evaluation we’ll determine if a current family dog can be trained to become a diabetic service dog. If there is not a dog in the home, or if your dog is deemed unable to become a service dog, we will assist you in selecting a service puppy or dog for training. Our in-home training model means that we come to you rather than sending your dog away to a training bootcamp for several weeks. This in-home training doesn’t only help enforce a bond between owner and dog, but empowers owners to be an integral part of the training process to achieve sustained obedience. Often dogs sent to training camps revert back to old behaviors upon returning home. Once this training is complete and a true bond is established between owner and dog, training will be completed.
Can my family dog be trained to be a certified Diabetic Alert Dog?
During our free, in-home evaluation we’ll sit down with your family dog and determine whether or not it can become a service dog. Not all dogs can be trained to be service animals and there are various requirements that must be met before a family pet can be signed off on becoming a diabetic alert dog. Contact us to schedule your free in-home evaluation for more information.
How long does it take to complete my dog’s training?
Each dog is different and each situation is different. The biggest factor to consider is how much training your dog currently has. If basic obedience is lacking, training will take longer to account for teaching the primary skills. The entire process can take a few months before the dog is fully trained. For more information contact us to schedule your free in-home evaluation.
Can I take my dog into public places?
Under the Americans with Disabilities Act your diabetic alert dog is considered a service dog. As such, under federal law, your dog is permitted to go anywhere you are permitted to go. Service dogs are allowed to accompany their handlers in almost all public facilities, transportation, and housing units. Learn more about service dog laws in the U.S.
What breeds are available for Diabetic Alert Dogs?
We consider many factors when choosing dogs for our training programs. Many of these aspects are concerned with many things not related to breed alone. This allows us to consider many different breeds when choosing which dog to train as your diabetic alert dog.
Diabetic Alert Dog Training in your local area
Many individuals with type 1 diabetes spend their days constantly monitoring their blood sugar levels in order to prevent symptoms of hypoglycemia. If left untreated, low blood sugar levels can lead to seizures, blackouts and even comas. There are early symptoms of hypoglycemia such as sweating, shaking or confusion, however, after a few years, a person with type 1 diabetes may lose their ability to feel these symptoms as they develop Hypoglycemia Unawareness.
Living a balanced life with diabetes isn’t always easy. With the support of a diabetic alert dog, that balance becomes a possibility. Alert dogs for diabetics provide the stability, safety, and support that allows for increased activity and peace of mind.
Dog Training Elite offers Free Evalutions
Dog Training Elite offers free in-home evaluations to assess if a current family dog can be trained to become a diabetic service dog or can help you select a service puppy or dog for training. We offer a unique in-home dog training method that involves owners in the training process, ensuring that training is never undone and both owners and their dogs are bonding and empowered.
About Diabetes Assistance Dogs
A diabetic alert service dog is trained to identify the subtle changes in an individual’s blood chemistry and alert them or their caregivers to low blood sugar before critical symptoms occur. Individuals who would benefit from a diabetic alert dog may experience:
- Hypoglycemia Unawareness
- Control Blood Sugar with Insulin
- Frequent Hypoglycemia (Particularly at Night)
- Individuals that Live Alone
- Individuals with disabilities, or an inability to recognize and react to symptoms.
A diabetic alert service dog can decrease constant worries about hypoglycemia/hyperglycemia and improve the quality of life for those suffering from diabetes. A service dog can accompany their handlers in almost all public facilities, transportation, and housing units. Contact Dog Training Elite to learn more about our diabetic alert service dog training!