Diabetes Alert Dog

A bit about me……

I’ve worked in health care as a Registered Nurse and have been professionally training dogs since 2006 now, these two rewarding careers eventually intertwined. Daily I’m amazed at a dog’s ability to interact/intervene with humans to our extreme benefit. Science has proven certain dogs can become part of a reliable health alert team (once dog & human are properly trained). Diabetes alert dogs scan the environment to ensure warning signs are not ignored, forgotten or missed. Finding dogs with aptitude/desire to do diabetes work and connecting them to humans with needs is my life passion and reward. In our demanding world, working dogs provide amazing solutions to life’s challenges while proving yet again they are indeed ~ Best Friends Forever!
If you, or someone you know, needs or has interest in seeing what a Diabetes alert dog can do  it would be my pleasure to provide a live demonstration to an individual or group in most any setting (our dogs are comfortable in a variety of environments). We’d love to visit, and show you exactly how our dogs help manage diabetes!
How Dogs Impact the Diabetes Process…
Moment by moment monitoring for type I diabetes is possible using Diabetic Alert Dogs! Specially trained dogs help ensure successful management of diabetes by alerting for blood sugar lows and highs, in fact, studies show that tight control of blood glucose can prevent or delay problems with the eyes, kidneys, nervous system, and heart in type 1 diabetes.

Here is how it works:

  • When a diabetic person has a hyperglycemic event, their body produces ketones. People with type 1 diabetes do not have enough insulin, a hormone the body uses to break down sugar (glucose) in the blood for energy. When glucose is not available, fat is broken down instead. As fats are broken down, acids called ketones build up in the blood and urine. In high levels, ketones are poisonous. This condition is known as Ketoacidosis.

  • When a diabetic person has a hypoglycemic event their body enters a catabolic state in which amino acids are used for energy (It is important to realize that with chronic or repeated hypoglycemia, the body does not respond as vigorously, so any hypoglycemic individual may display mild symptoms, or even experience no appreciable symptoms).

  • These scents (Ketones and catabolic state) are given off by the body during hypo/hyperglycemic events. While imperceptible to the human nose, the dog’s olfactory sensory perceptions can easily discriminate these vapors from their environment.

  • Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to give an active alert when the scents are present. The Diabetic Alert Dog is always working day or night and on alert for low and high blood glucose levels. 

  • Click on the link below to see an alert. http://www.youtube.com/embed/ADYyBuUMuCE

A Diabetic Alert Dog is NOT a replacement for testing and should not be relied upon as your primary tool for monitoring your blood sugar. In fact you may be testing more frequently because your dog will be alerting to lows and highs you may have missed.
 

Your Diabetic Alert Dog will enable you to:

Maintain independence

√Lower your A1c
√Improve driving safety
√Reduce complications
√Have a healthy future

What makes our dogs special is that we train “Individually Trained” Diabetes Alert Dogs

Our dogs are “individually trained” to meet the families’ specific needs, in a variety of environments.

Matching “Individually Trained” Dogs with Families & Going Home:

We “individually train” dogs, then match them with a family, and follow with in home visits to ensure success. Dogs and handlers must match in needs, skills, and personalities. Once the dog is placed with a family, and initial training is complete with family members and the handler, we remain available to assist for the lifespan of the dog.

BFF Training Dogs are fully vetted including neutered/spayed and micro chipped. BFF Training Dogs are delivered to the home with basic training supplies including leash, collar, service vest, ID card, crate, starter food (short supply), binder with information specific to the dog and it’s care (vet records, flea/tick & heartworm prevention information, ADA regulations, nutrition and basic first aid information). For more information or to apply for a dog please call us here at 608-574-3817 or fill out our online application by clicking here Apply for a Dog