Service Dogs For Independence
What is a Diabetic Alert Dog?
Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to alert diabetic owners in advance of low (hypoglycemia) or high (hyperglycemia) blood sugar events before they become dangerous, so their owners can take steps to return their blood sugar to normal, such as using glucose sweets or taking insulin. A dog specifically trained to react to the chemical change produced by blood sugar highs and lows . Diabetic alert dogs can provide emotional security and a sense of balance for individuals and for those who have a loved one with diabetes. They can help you lead a more confident, independent lifestyle.
What is a seizure dog?
A seizure dog is a dog that has been trained (or has learned) to respond to a seizure in someone who has epilepsy.
Is "seizure dog" the official name?
It is the name that is most often used. Some people distinguish between dogs that respond to someone who is having a seizure (seizure response dog) and dogs that appear to know when a seizure is going to occur (seizure predicting dog).
What do seizure dogs do?
A response dog might be trained to bark when a child has a seizure so that family members know what is happening. Or, a seizure dog may put its body in between the seizing individual and the floor to break the fall at the inception of a seizure. Some seizure dogs may even be trained to activate some kind of pre-programmed device such as a pedal that rings an alarm.
A seizure predicting dog is taught scent to alert the person before a seizure occurs.
Narcolepsy is a sleep disorder that disrupts both the onset of sleep and the sleep cycle, including REM sleep. Because it is difficult to study human sleep behavior and physiology, researchers have turned to other mammals that have narcolepsy.
These dogs are trained in the same way a seizure predicting dog would be.
Allergy Alert Dogs- a new form of service dog
There are people who are so allergic to peanuts that even the dust of a peanut shell floating through the air can cause a life-threateninganaphylactic reaction. 150 people a year die from food allergy reactions. Medication, an epi-pen, food labels, and basic awareness are not always enough to prevent a person from coming into contact with any form of the peanut (or other food allergy, including any tree nut, Now, dogs are being used to sniff out the source of an allergy, thus preventing their handler from making contact with that threat.
These dogs can be trained to search out locations, investigate other people, carry meds and remind the handler to take them, and prevent a person from physically making contact with any source of a threat. Especially for a parent protecting a young child with a food allergy, these dogs are very precious.
(“Seeing Eye Dogs”) Guide blind or visually impaired people around obstacles
What kind of tasks can service dogs perform? The list is long. Here are some examples:
Blocking (creating space around an individual)
Stopping at certain objects
Finding doors or access/egress
Walking slow to lead