Diabetic Alert Dog Program.
How our wonderful dogs help
A Diabetic alert dog gives our clients and their family piece of mind knowing they have an extra security blanket on the watch. Our dogs are trained to detect your specific high and low blood sugar. We train our dogs to alert with your specific scent samples, so by delivery time your D.A.D will already be aware of the scent your body gives off during a hypoglycemic event. We train them to alert in various environments, venues, and situations to maximize their ability to alert you. Our dogs are train to alert in house alerts, public access alerts, car alerts, and night alerts. We have a detailed 10 page application to help us determine what specific training the dogs will need to fit your needs. Some of our clients tend to have hypoglycemic events during certain times of the day we do our best to train the dogs around those times/specific situations.
The very first step for our dogs is going through our puppy raising program, while their your we test them bi weekly to see which program they'd best fit into. All of our dogs are hand picked by our trained and temperament tested for each program. Once our dogs have completed our puppy raising program, we start them off in obedience. Here they learn commands such as heel, sit, down, auto sits, come, leave it, bed, load up etc... Basic manners are taught on a daily basis since our service dogs are raised and and trained in our certified trainers home, this helps us establish good manners. It also helps the dog get used to a family/home environment, thus making the transition into your home a lot easier. We try to make all the training as relevant to the what the dogs daily life style will be by beginning training in a home environment. Our dogs spend a great deal of time in obedience training since this is the foundation of the training. Each dog must demonstrate he/she has the proper level of obedience in order to move on to the next step in training by passing our standard obedience test. Our test consist of testing the dog both on and off leash in low/high level distraction setting before passing onto the next step in training.
The second step is public access, we begin by reinforcing all obedience training in a low distraction environment such as a store during a time its not to busy. We gradually work our way up to higher distraction environments such as busy shopping centers, restaurants, office buildings, etc. Once we have good consistent obedience in high distraction environments, we throw in some of our own distractions to test the dogs ability to successfully handle them. We train the dog around your daily routines for example if your child rides the bus to school we'll train the dog on our city's public transportation. While in training we also bring our dog around different transportation such as vehicles, buses, subways, trains, commercial airlines, and elevators. In this step we introduce the dogs to scent work. Before moving on to the last step they are tested in public access making sure they are ready for the final step in training. Again our test consist of testing the dog in low/high level distraction setting before passing onto the final step in training.
The last step is scent and alert training, the dogs are trained to alert in advance of a low (hypoglycemic) or a high (hyperglycemic) event. We focus on positively reward the dogs for alerting, while minimizing false alerts. They will alert anything lower than an 80 and anything higher than 150. Once we have an active alert from the dogs we take them back to step two of the public access and teach the dog to alert in various places. Night alerts is the last part of scent training, we teach our dogs to jump on our clients bed to awaken them when they going too low or too high. Our dogs can also be train a dog for go tells we teach the dog to do a go tell and get the parents in case of a hypoglycemic event, this training is usually for small children. They are required to pass a scent and alert test to show their ability to actively alert in different situations in both low and high b.s changes.
The time frame for our D.A.D Program from start to finish can vary anywhere from 9-12 months, depending on our current training status. Currently we are the leading company in the U.S with the lowest time frame as we carry no waiting list. We don't intent to carry any waiting list as we like to keep our program more customer oriented and unique for our customers. Our deliveries consist 3 days in home training where a trainer will work with you and your child/family member working on how to handle your dog properly at home, in public and everywhere in-between. We've had great success with our in home deliveries as our client learn better in their in home environment. Prior to the delivery we mail out our informational DVD that cover anything from the commands, hand commands, and being out in public with your service dog, this helps our clients who learn by repetition.
Keep in mind we do not use generic samples, we will mail out a scent sample kit that is to be completed by the diabetic and returned to Loyalty Service Dogs before the scent and alert training begins.
Cost greatly depends on a number of factors such as specific training required, location, breed of dog etc.... Although we cannot give a direct price quote without having one of our online applications our Diabetic Alert Dog program ranges from $18,000-$21,000. Please keep in mind that our service dogs are at cost unfortunately nor insurance, medicare, medicate, private insurance or government funding help pay for the Program. We offer 1-2 year interest free payment plans for those who qualify, a majority of our families also choose to fund raise part of or all of the funds. Ready to start click here to Apply Today.
Thank you for taking the time to learn how our program works, as it is especially beneficial and required for each applicant. We want you to be well informed of the ins and outs of getting a service dog through Loyalty Service Dogs. We want to build a loyal trust worthy relationship with each and everyone of our families. Please fill out an online application to begin your journey in getting a diabetic alert dog.