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Old 03-24-2010, 04:48   #1
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Hi everyone!

I first heard a few years ago about Diabetes Alert Dogs, who alert you when your glucose is high and/or low, and I found it very interesting.

In Australia, it hasn't yet become a big thing - we're still only getting assistance dogs for things other than blindness, so a Diabetes Alert Dog is a new thiing here in Australia.

I was on twitter today, and saw that the American Delta Society (dog training with positive reinforcement) posted a link about Diabetes Alert Dogs.
Service Dog Alerts To Low Blood Sugar - cbs4denver.com That's the link there if any of you want to have a loook.

So I googled to see if there were yet any organisations in Australia for alert dogs, and I found one! PAWS for Diabetics.

It sounds like it is very expensive (going up from $1000 initially!) but I am wondering if it would help me. I don't go low often at all, as my anxieties prevent me from getting my glucose into normal ranges, but I think maybe an Alert Dog would give me some piece of mind and help me to conquer these anxieties.

I'm actually a dog trainer myself, and I deal more with training for solving problems behaviours rather than general obedience training (although I do that too!) and I find this area very interesting.

Has anyone here got an Alert dog, knows someone who has one, or is interested in it? Thoughts?

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I have heard of it, but dont know anyone personally that has had one. Would be a good thing for those very brittle diabetics though I would think.

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I've heard of it too, and having had some really smart dogs of my own, I get how they can learn to alert like this. I swear some dogs are smarter than some humans! heheh!




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Hi everyone!

I first heard a few years ago about Diabetes Alert Dogs, who alert you when your glucose is high and/or low, and I found it very interesting.

In Australia, it hasn't yet become a big thing - we're still only getting assistance dogs for things other than blindness, so a Diabetes Alert Dog is a new thiing here in Australia.

I was on twitter today, and saw that the American Delta Society (dog training with positive reinforcement) posted a link about Diabetes Alert Dogs.
Service Dog Alerts To Low Blood Sugar - cbs4denver.com That's the link there if any of you want to have a loook.

So I googled to see if there were yet any organisations in Australia for alert dogs, and I found one! PAWS for Diabetics.

It sounds like it is very expensive (going up from $1000 initially!) but I am wondering if it would help me. I don't go low often at all, as my anxieties prevent me from getting my glucose into normal ranges, but I think maybe an Alert Dog would give me some piece of mind and help me to conquer these anxieties.

I'm actually a dog trainer myself, and I deal more with training for solving problems behaviours rather than general obedience training (although I do that too!) and I find this area very interesting.

Has anyone here got an Alert dog, knows someone who has one, or is interested in it? Thoughts?

stripes
Hey stripes, have you ever thought of getting a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)? It would alert you when you were going low. One of the moderators on this forum, Richard157 has a CGM and he says that it has really helped him out. I am sure there are dogs for alerting people with diabetes. Dogs are very smart and help many with handicaps.

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Hey stripes, have you ever thought of getting a continuous glucose monitor (CGM)? It would alert you when you were going low. One of the moderators on this forum, Richard157 has a CGM and he says that it has really helped him out. I am sure there are dogs for alerting people with diabetes. Dogs are very smart and help many with handicaps.
Never heard of them before!

I do quite like the idea of a dog though. I'm an animal person Plus being able to take an animal wherever would be pretty cool. Except for the restrictions.

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I'm Deaf to the point of not being to hear at all without HA's. Ginger, who is our "Goldador" (half Golden Retriever and half Yellow Lab) is my Service Dog. She alerts me to various situations that has to do with sound.

As a example.. phone ringing, door knocks, door bell, someone in our yard or approaching, etc., etc. We, over here in the U.S., have had and used various animals (and not just dogs), for many different types of medical reasons.

So what's the situation with HED's down there on the island?

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Sounds like you've got a reliable companion, Breeze 2 User! That's always good.

I got an email from the Director of Training today from Paws for Diabetics. She said each dog has to be temperament assessed, I'm assuming to make sure it will suit the job and that it can cope in lots of situations. She was very helpful!

Assistance dogs (apart from seeing-eye dogs) are pretty rare here in Aus. I did have a client who had a little dog and she came to us to get an official note recommending her dog become a qualified assistance dog as the lady was quite anxious. She got approved and came back really happy a few months later. Aww.

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I will be receiving a Diabetic Alert Dog in about 8 weeks from Warrens Retrievers and receive training from Dee Bogetti in Richmond VA. I have research this for a long time and had some trouble finding a place with good reputation and that would let me have a dog since I was
1. on the east coast
2. not a diabetic, I have Reactive Hypoglycemia and rarely have an highs, but live in the land of really lows.

I am excited and following many blog sites of others with DAD's (diabetic alert dogs), Warrens Retrievers and Dee Bogetti have facebook pages.

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That's great news btyler! Let us know how the dog goes hey!

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I will keep you updated. I cannot wait to meet this puppy, but a lot of training ahead.
Thanks for the support,
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