I just wanted to let you all know that we are in the process of training a Diabetic Alert Dog for our 6 yr old son. We started training Rex in June of 2009 when he was 6 weeks old and attended a training program in KY. We then went to a Diabetic Alert Dog ( DAD) workshop in MS. I have noticed a lot of questions on this site re: where and how to get a DAD .
If I can help answer any questions please let me know...
Yes, DAD's are allowed public access per the ADA federal laws as well as individual state laws, Federal law prevails though if the 2 laws contradict each other. Remember the dog does not have the rights, it is the person with the disability that has the rights.
The current price range for self training a DAD is $5000 - $10,000. This includes the price of the dog and the price of the training program. It does not include, travel expenses, vet bills to transport the dog, food, or continued care of the dog.
There are some less than reputable training programs out there, so it is important to do your homework before leaving them a deposit. Make sure to read ALL the small print and ask lots of questions. Make sure to research each trainer or training program and talk with their success stories.