Diabetic alert dog: is it possible to get this helpful animal at your door step?
November 14, 2018
Diabetic dogs are trained assistance dogs. They are usually trained 18 to 24 months, comply with the standards as well as an assistance dog who accompanies a wheelchair user and have all the rights of an assistance dog. Diabetic dogs can save lives daily, preventing coma, seizures and death. In addition, well-trained diabetic dogs can reduce the risk of complications and allow the diabetic to live almost normally. Diabetic dogs are trained for both children and adults, mainly in self-education. In recent years, it has helped numerous assistance dog organizations at home and abroad to establish reputable diabetic warning dog programs in order to give diabetics the reliable help of a diabetic warning dog in other countries as well.
How they help to counter diabetic situation?
Diabetic dogs do not first indicate direct hypoglycemia and over-hypnosis but rather respond before blood sugar levels rise below 70 or above 250. Service Dogs for People with Diabetes already indicate impending hypoglycemia when blood sugar drops to low blood sugar. They warn the diabetic against impending hypoglycemia and over-sugar before it actually occurs. Good-working diabetic dogs already indicate impending hypoglycemia if the blood sugar is 120 or 148 and falls into hypoglycemia within the next few minutes. However, the diabetic dog does not show blood sugar levels of 148 or 120 if they remain stable and no hypoglycemia threatens. Also, a blood sugar value of 80 is not displayed by the diabetic dog, if it is stable and does not sink further.
A dog has to be born as a diabetic dog: you cannot turn it into a diabetic dog
The ability to warn before a life-threatening event becomes acute cannot be learned by a dog. Either they have this sensitivity for a threatening event or not. Therefore, choosing the right dog that has this innate ability is crucial. Not every dog can recognize impending hypoglycemia and over-sugar. The diabetic warning dog warns their diabetic by nudging or hanging up their paw. The way in which the diabetic warning dog indicates impending hypoglycemia is already innate and does not have to be trained first. In training, this natural ability is promoted. Warning dogs are born as such and bring with them this alertness from birth. Puppies with this ability start at the age of 3 weeks, when they start to run to detect hypoglycemia and over-sugar a few minutes in advance without any training.
If a dog does not want to alert the diabetic to the impending attack they will not do it. If they do not have the ability to anticipate hypoglycemia and over-sugar they will never see it. The reliable warning in advance is hardly influenced by the trainer or diabetic and depends on many different factors such as the ability of the dog, the attachment and the reaction of the diabetic. During training at the assistance Dog Center, the qualified assistant dog trainer will help the team to promote and maintain reliable warnings and avoid mistakes so that the diabetic can rely on their Diabetic Surveillance Dog.