What is a Diabetic Alert Dog?
A DAD or diabetic alert dog is a type of service dog. DADs alert a person when they are having a low or high blood sugar.
From birth imprinting puppies with the diabetic low and high scent by wiping the puppy’s nose with the scent then the mom's nipples. By doing this it makes the pup eager to alert because of the positive association while nursing.
Because dogs have an excellent sense of smell, they can smell the chemical changes in a diabetic's saliva, sweat, and other bodily fluids. By doing this a dog can detect and alert his owner before their blood sugar goes too low or high.
Experts say ideal breeds for a service dog of any kind includes:
- Golden Retrievers
- any Poodle/Lab/Retriever mix (“doodles”)
This is why goldendoodles can make a perfect DAD with the right training.
We start the puppies at birth with Early Neurological Stimulation, Early Scent Introduction, and diabetic imprinting.
The puppy evaluator and trainer will interact with the puppy's at 7 weeks of age to determine which puppy(s) can go on to further diabetic training.
Here is a video of us imprinting diabetic lows and highs on puppies. By doing this, it should make it easier for them to recognize the diabetic scent when they go to the trainer.
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