Diabetic Alert Dogs (DADs) are trained to sniff out what you can’t before you even know it’s happening. Typical breeds for DADs include golden retrievers, Labradors, poodles and mixed sporting breeds. DADs also provide an unconditional support for diabetics struggling to maintain a balanced life.
While DADs are primarily trained to alert diabetics of an oncoming hypoglycemic or hyperglycemic event, they are typically trained to alert for all of the following:
- High & Low Blood Sugar Alerts
- Early High/Low Detection
- Retrieve Third Party Support
- Retrieve Food & Medication
- Dial 911 on a Special Device
There are several different kinds of service dogs that all fit in the Medical Alert Dog category, and each has its own unique training program. The Americans with Disabilities Act allows every trained and accredited service dog wearing a service vest to accompany its owner to any privately-owned business. Various and numerous organizations offer service dog training and accreditation. By doing the research, you can find the one that works best for you whether you’re looking to adopt a service dog or help out by volunteering to foster the dogs while they undergo the training process.
How to get a DAD
Most organizations have an online application that anyone interested needs to fill out. The process can take anywhere from six months to a year for you to find the right dog for you and go through training. The process can depend on the organization and the wait list time.
How much does it cost?
The cost of a trained and accredited DAD can range, on average, from $8,000 to $20,000. There are organizations that offer grant dogs for free – as long as you meet the requirements specified by the non-profit.
Alert dogs are available for diabetics of all ages. Find an organization that works for you or a diabetic that you know needs the help and reach out to them for more details on a time frame, cost and breeds available or best for you.