Diabetic Alert Dogs
Diabetic alert dogs are helping people live better lives by alerting them to changes in their blood sugar levels before they reach dangerous lows or highs.
These highly trained dogs are specially chosen sometimes from birth to become life savers. "Diabetic alert dogs" are just that good.
"Diabetic alert dogs" are not just ordinary dogs in any way. When chosen correctly they can be trained to detect the difference in odor when the chemistry of their human partner changes. Choosing the right dog to train in the first place is a must when it comes to a successfully alerting dog.
When choosing a dog to train as a "diabetic alert dog" you must know something about their breeding. Certain breeds such as German Shepherds make excellent "diabetic alert dogs" because they use their noses and are very loyal and protective. Golden's are also well suited to the job because they are hunting animals and also use their noses to find their prey, and you cannot find a more loving animal.
Other breeds that make good "diabetic alert dogs" are Poodles since they were first bred as hunters and have a tendency to sniff out whatever they find interesting. Labs have also been know to make great "diabetic alert dogs" because they are also hunters and have a tenacity that makes them an excellent choice for the job.
Mixed breeds can also be used as "diabetic alert dogs" and are no less reliable than their pure bred counterparts. The main thing to remember when selecting a dog to train for this service is that they need to be motivated. Although sometimes people want a dog to be unobtrusive in the home and whenever out and about but that does not necessarily make for the best "diabetic alert dog".
If you have a dog that can detect a low blood sugar level but will run from its own shadow you do not have a reliable partner. What is needed when a low episode is imminent is to be alerted to it before you can no longer think to do something about it. You need a dog that will not be shooed away when it is trying to tell you there is something going on.
Of course, as with any other service dog, you do want a dog that is well obedience trained since you will be taking the dog wherever you go so its behavior is important, but you do not want a shy dog that will only sit around and take up space. A good trainer can help you determine a suitable dog for the job.
For more information about what to expect with a "diabetic alert dog" you can check out my website.
About the Author
I love training diabetic alert dogs because they are intended to help people with diabetes live better lives.
Published by: Ida McCabe
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