diabetes service dog

By Flustrated Latest Reply 2011-04-19 18:17:01 -0500
Started 2011-04-11 14:51:09 -0500

I would like to know if anyone has a service dog that recognizes low sugar and and warn you? How did they get trained and can you train a dog you already have?

14 replies

roshy 2011-04-19 18:17:01 -0500 Report

mu mam is a bit like a srvice dog!! if she senses that i might be a bit low shell start barking!!!

0tina0 2011-04-13 11:21:42 -0500 Report

I have a boxer/pit mix that started acting funny the minute I got home from the hospital. She was a rescue dog from the local shelter and sweet but not too bright. Anyway she has saved my life on more than one occasion. I even take her to work when I am having episodes of lows.

Flustrated 2011-04-18 16:09:49 -0500 Report

Is this a special dog who was trained already or did you train her and how?

0tina0 2011-04-18 20:13:23 -0500 Report

I didn't train her…and she is not especially smart…It just happened. And now I really depend on her at night…

Flustrated 2011-04-18 20:35:26 -0500 Report

How does she give you the sign and did you ever say anything to start her off. My dog has a good nose and is always looking for something to eat. I tell her when I go for a shot sometimes.

0tina0 2011-04-19 10:08:09 -0500 Report

I didn't even realize what she was doing at first…my grandson did. He asked why everytime I was dizzy and had to eat did "Sissy" act funny. We started to notice that about 15 minutes before I actually drop she gets really nervous and paces in front of me and whines…I drop mostly at night so she jumps up on the bed (where she is not allowed to be) and pants to wake me. If I don't wake up she will paw my husband. I have had 2 really severe lows where she woke my husband and he had to use the glucogen pen.

jayabee52 2011-04-11 17:33:57 -0500 Report

You might want to use a search engine to find "diabetes service dogs"

Also I checked DC's search for "service dogs" and here's a lot of discussions about the topic: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions?qu... Check these out, and you might find what you're looking for.

GabbyPA 2011-04-12 22:04:24 -0500 Report

This link James is offering is great. There is a member here now who uses one for her son and it has made a world of difference for the family. Your personal dog would not be trained, it would be a new dog. But your first love puppy would still be around.

Flustrated 2011-04-18 16:12:43 -0500 Report

Thanks I really don't know how she would take to another dog. She is all I can really handle. She is really good though. Had her on a treadmill because I didn't like the weather outside and she put up with me.

Flustrated 2011-04-11 15:04:32 -0500 Report

Got a low of 32 and knew I wasn' feeling good, was going to take dog for walk had her on leash than told her sit and stay. Checked sugar and took care of myself when I got back she was still sitting in same place waiting for me. I would love to know how they sniff and train her because we are together alot.

pkwillhoite 2011-04-11 14:59:06 -0500 Report

That would be good if you can train one you already have!! I have 3 dogs at home now but am interested in having one to let me know when i am getting a low…

Flustrated 2011-04-18 16:13:36 -0500 Report

Isn't that something we don't have the knowledge of how to train.

GabbyPA 2011-04-19 07:50:48 -0500 Report

I think they are a lot like the cancer sniffing dogs. They are trained by using clothing worn by the owner when the are low. They use that to teach the dog to wake them or do other things when they smell that smell. I know it's far more complicated than that, but that is the basics. Also, some dogs do have a natural knack for it, better than others. Like I am sure they use more scent hounds for training than sight hounds or terriers.