Hi! I have been super interested in getting a diabetic alert dog for after I graduate and when I am on my own. I have found a trusting and legitimate organization that I can apply to and possibly be accepted for one! I would love to read about anybody’s stories/pros and cons/experiences who have worked with a DAD.
I saw the topic and was interested in responding, because nine years ago, my family bought my dog, a golden retriever we ended up naming Sunny because of his extremely pale color. I just wanted to let you know that if you decide to get a DAD, make sure you get one who is at least a full year in age; we got my dog as a three-month-old puppy, and dogs of that age are simply not old enough to even remember commands until they are older, like ten months to a year in age. While Sunny is capable of recognizing my low blood sugars (dogs are able to detect lows because usually, their people will do things like sweat and start getting shaky, which dogs are able to smell–“Ok,” they think, “she usually isn’t damp like that, and she smells a little funny, too”-- and if you have done things like purposely go low, just to teach them, with a cup of juice and a sandwich handy for treatment, as well as a friend or relative close by to help out in case of emergency, your dog will learn that even if there’s no one close by, they will NEED to get
Hey! This past winter, I organized a fundraiser for a little girl to get a DAD. She loves it! The people who breed and train them are super knowledgeable and helpful, and it’s such a relief to everyone to know you’re safe all the time. I’d suggest looking into getting a DAD before you move out, because they don’t have all the training at first–it’s quite a process, but they need to be in tune with you personally, and why add the stress of training a dog when you’re moving?
It’s a great idea, and I hope it works out for you! There’s also organizations I’ve heard of that will help you pay for the training and everything.