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Diabetes Alert Dogs
Diabetes Alert Dogs (DADs) are trained to alert to the high and low changes in your blood glucose level. They are not a replacement for any equipment or protocols being used by you. In general, the nose of a dog is thousands of times more powerful than any human. Diabetes alert dogs can smell your blood sugar dropping or spiking out of range and alert you, the owner/handler, in advance of a crisis. Our findings, with DADs and their owners, have provided us with important feedback and that is the 'alert' is often significantly in advance of glucometer reading/testing. DADs are trained to 'alert' their you to the onset of this change and to keep alerting you (or a caregiver if the diabetic is a child) until the condition is corrected or until you receive the help you need.
Our training programs range from 18-24 months. During this time, we work one-on-one with you to ensure that your dog has all of the training needed to function as a service dog and you are set up for success.
This includes the scent detection training (several hundred hours of work) in which we exclusively use your scent samples to individualize the training of the dog for you.
In addition to the scent detection training, your DAD will be guided through a rigorous manners and obedience regimen - to be the best they can be while being your working dog and companion. Our methods involve positive reinforcement for a lifelong, solid foundation for each dog.
At Dogworks, we are dedicated to harnessing the unique strengths of our canine partners and producing an elite group of scent-detection dogs for public safety and health. Our Service Dogs are capable of intelligent work that can save lives.
A completely trained dog is ready to take the IACP certification test and function as a full access service dog. A service dog can accompany you anywhere that you would go in public, in accordance with the Americans with Disability Act.