Our family is happy to share that our son Noah (who is 10) will have a Diabetes Alert Dog.
What started it all... I saw a post on here last year about DADs and started digging and found a non-profit foundation that trains DADs and other medical assistance dogs.
We applied and got accepted a couple of weeks ago. We have to do some fund-raising to pay for the training, but that's okay with us. It usually takes from 2 and 1/2 to 3 years before we get the dog fully trained, which is a very long time! The foundation started a new project that could shorten that time. Noah is going to visit his future DAD in training, where he will be able to pet and play with the dog and no one else (besides the trainer) will get that privilege. We went to see the dog for the first time last week. Noah named her Adora. She is a 2 month old English Cocker Spaniel. She is so cute and the connexion with Noah was there like magic! It was nice to be a witness of those beautiful moments!
I will post some news once in while, take care!
Has your training organization explained that less than half of D.A.D.s consistently alert at night? In addition I feel that is just plain old too much pressure to put onto a dog for parents to completely eliminate at least one middle of the night BS test? I do find these dogs valuable (I have lived with one for almost 3 years and I personally know MANY D.A.D. owners) BUT please be aware that SOME D.A.Ds don't alert at night AT ALL.
I have no intention to rain on your parade but I feel that "eyes wide open" is important...especially since the dogs are so costly. Many parents are finding CGMs and the Sentry to be more convenient for kids who may not want a dog tattling on them all day!
Ann, that does make sense, but I had not heard that before. I think you are the Ann I met in Minneapolis last October. Your DAD is a large poodle, is that right? You and Sue both had poodles.
Correct Richard and Hi again. Hope you and Anita and the cat(s)? doing well, I hope! Lily and I are fine.
Thank you for your concern Ann, it is good to keep our eyes opened. In our case, if I am not mistaken, the foundation trains the dog for a full year for night detection. CGMs are not used that much, sorry to say, here in our part of the world. At our hospital, they don't talk about them. I don't know why. I learned about them through the internet.
One year is not unusual and I am glad to hear they spend lots of time on all the training, most trainers of these dogs (and all service dogs) train for at least one year. What I know is that ALL trainers spend time training for night alerting, but the dogs do NOT all keep doing it once home and tired and comfortable. I have talked to 80 people with D.A.D.s and 10 trainers of them. I hope VERY much that your dog will....
Thank you, I will keep that in mind. I know that once we get the dog, we have to give a weekly report on the dog, at least there is a follow-up.