Thanks for the info it's awesome!! I just started training my 2 German Shepherds today, they are 3yrs old brother & sister and very smart. The female, Macey caught on right away with the trick and word and got it every time, the male, Myles got it adout 90% of the time.
My queation for you is, how many times a day did you practice each step with your dog so they had the lows in a month. I read on some sites, one said 2 hours a day and another said 5 hours a day, what worked best for you? I'm really excited to see if I can get them trained to alert me to the change in my BS.
I keep hearing dog trainer use the “bucket training" method to train dogs for diabetic alert dog training but I've also read your breath will smell like cotton candy, juicy fruit/tutty fruity gum when high and rusty water, acetone or nail polish remover if low.
****Tip I found on dogster message board about" do your own scent dog training" ****** Use this tip with caution
"First, keep a log of your highs and lows and your dog's behavior to see if she is alerting or not.
Since you've got something that is detectable by scent, I'd recommend using traditional scenting techniques to train this. If you've not done any scent work before, start out with easier scent work to lay the foundation. There is a book I think it is called "fun nosework for dogs "or something like that which my trainer uses when she teaches tracking class.
Then once your dog has the hang of scent work, when you are having a high or low (pick one to start with) swipe yourself with a hankie or suck on a hankie and put it in a ziptop baggie. Do the same when you are well. The ziptop baggie will keep the scent in. Then when you have several of these, use the scenting training techniques you've learned to teach her the difference between these baggies. Teach her to paw you or do something like that when she smells the baggie from when you were having a high or low. Then after you've got that trained, add in the other one (high or low).
The idea is hopefully it will carry over to your dog being able to detect the scent changes on your skin or breath and alert you."