Partially self-training a Diabetic Service Dog (and other questions)?

By NavyNerd Latest Reply 2011-06-30 15:30:46 -0500
Started 2011-06-30 04:34:53 -0500

Has anyone used one of teh programs where you train your own dog and then get help training to meet service animal qualification standards? There is a group near us who offer training but we'll have to invest 1500 dollars for their portion. I am an insulin dependent diabetic, and I have insullin resistance that vascillates- some weeks it takes 20 units of concentrated insulin to bring it down 50 points on my meter some weeks 10 units will get it from 300 to 90. Its hard to calculate when it changes like that and I have kids, so I want to make sure I have a service pup. I'd like to train our own dog, because he's smart as a whip and already very much a dog who is with me all teh time, very dedicated.

Has anyone had service animal experiences? Was your dog trained for you, did you train them partially? WHat did you do? And how helpful has it been?


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Gimpalong 2011-06-30 15:30:46 -0500 Report

I had a friend who was blind from the napam bombs in Vietnam. He went to a school out of state for several months so that he could help train his dog. Of course, his wife was a nurse, and she could help him if need be. This was a different issue than yours. I know that a lady in town has a service dog, but she has seizure problems. I don't know where she got her dog, or if it was her own dog trained for her. I'll try to contact my friend in OK that helped train his dog and try to find out information about his dog, and where trained. It may take me awhile, but I'll get back to you.

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