This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from Gretchen from Tacoma. Gretchen has a daughter with a seizures and has a older great dane. Gretchen had her older Dane professionally trained but is noticing some normal changes that sometimes come with old age (like not wanting to be around unfamiliar, young, whipper snapper puppies). Gretchen wants to know if she can train her own dog with another dog in the household and also wants to know if the young dog would take on the personality and behaviors of the older dog. Interesting dilemma eh? See what this certified professional, award winning dog trainer has to say about this question in this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday YouTube video!
Have you thought about training a medical alert dog but were worried the other dogs in the household would cause problems? Now that you have seen the video, were your assumptions correct?
This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from Service Dog Academy’s Blog. A student from Tallahassee Florida left a comment asking if a medical alert dog trained for diabetic alert could also be trained for psychiatric service or even emotional support. This is a very pertinent question giving the fact that people with chronic life alerting conditions with no cures have a tendency to experience anxiety and depression. Can you guess what my answer is going to be? Watch this weeks video to see if your medical alert dog can also be trained to provide psychiatric service dog tasks for emotional support and general wellbeing.
So, we know that just having a dog can improve your emotional and psychiatric health but what do you think about specifically training your dog to help you through the tough days? Leave a comment below, Id love to hear your opinion.
This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from a Ohio based Narcolepsy Alert Dog Student who attended one of my medical alert dog training classes in Seattle. In class his dog was super dog obsessed (and not in a bad way, just a very excited young dog who wanted to play with the other dogs in the class). Seeing that his dog was overly social, he asked me whether or not he should continue taking his dog to his local dog park. Boy did he get the shock of his life when he heard my very long winded rant on service dogs in dog parks. See what my answer is to this fascinating question in this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video.
So, what’s your opinion now that you have been educated about what really goes on at dog parks across the country? Do you think its a good idea to take your very expensive, highly trained narcolepsy alert dog or medical alert dog in training to a dog park for ANY reason what so ever? Leave a comment below, Id love to hear your opinion.
This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from Madison from Columbus Ohio. Madison wants to feed her dog a raw meat based diet but is unsure if we allow dogs who eat primarily raw food into our training program. Madison has been doing her homework. She has watched our online videos and read our ebooks and has noticed that our primary method of rewarding our dogs is through the use of kibble and the use of kibble based toys. Madison has a right to be concerned about whether her dog will succeed in any of our programs, be that SKYPE appointments, in person classes or online videos if she feeds her dog a raw diet. See what my answer is to this fascinating question in this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video.
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We use and recommend two different types of containers for use when training with raw food. The first are 60 ml Nalgene Scientific containers. These containers are small enough to fit in the same hand you hold you clicker in allowing you to use your other hand to lure your dog into positions or give them hand signals (like the top photo of this article). The others are reusable toothpaste squeeze type tubes that backpackers use to hold stuff like peanut butter. They are dishwasher safe and have clips that allow you to adjust the tube to allow for easy dispensing of raw treat dabs or licks from the hole in the bottom of the tube. If you are debating using raw food as your main reward source, go ahead and try it. Its not as yuckie for you as it sounds when you use the right equipment and it has amazing health benefits for your dog.
In 100% of the cases so far, we have had success in getting candidate dogs in the cabin of the airplane when traveling to our classes.
This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from Cindy. Cindy wants to attend my Iowa Diabetic Alert / Medical Alert Dog Class but will have to travel there by airplane from the east coast. She wants to know if the dogs are technically not service dogs yet, do they have to ride in the cargo hold? See what my answer is to this question in this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video.
I have exciting news. The University of California at Irvine is taking air samples and testing them in a gas chromatograph mass spectrometer. They are trying to determine exactly what (our migraine alert dog) is smelling.
This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from Jason from Chicago Illinois. He writes, “I am interested in purchasing an alert dog. There’s a company out in Virginia that offers guarantees on it’s diabetic alert dogs. The thought of a guarantee is very appealing to me. I see that you do not have guarantees on your already trained dogs or your training classes. Why is that?”
I know that warranties and performance guarantees are great for cars, homes and cable services, but have you ever thought about how ridiculous it sounds to give out a performance guarantee on a living, breathing, feeling, sentient being? I know the idea of a guarantee on a dog can sound sexy because its safe, comforting and reassuring but is it really all its hyped up to be? Check out this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube video where I talk about why I would never offer a guarantee and why, in reality, it might be a good thing.
We drove Brayden out to College, along with his buddy Bella, driving away and leaving him there is hard enough as a parent, never mind that he is a diabetic. Without Bella we would have gone crazy with worry, she is the only thing positive for Brayden that has come out of the word diabeties. The Diabetic Alert Dog Training classes were the best investment we ever made They gave my sons story not a happy ending but a happy new beginning, a future You can’t put a price on that, it’s Priceless!
Robin from Indianapolis Indiana has a 17 year old Type 1 Diabetic child. She, like most mothers of children with diabetes, is worried about diabetes management in college. Like the vast majority of families with diabetics, Robin cannot afford to purchase an already trained diabetic alert dog for her son. Robin and her son will be training their own diabetic alert dog and want to know when is it the right time to start training a Diabetic Alert Dog for use in college.
I have actually helped to get several students off to college with a trained diabetic alert dog. The photo above is of Brayden and Bella, one of my Canadian students who came to one of my diabetic alert dog classes during his Senior year in high school. I have also helped several college students train a dog to alert to their diabetes while they were still in college. See what this weeks Medical Alert Dog Mondays Youtube Video’s answer is. Will I recommend you star training freshman year, during the summer or the week you start college?
ODMMA – One Dog, Multiple Medical Alerts – Is It Possible?
Solstice from Bellingham Washington is a type one diabetic. She is getting a German Shepherd puppy from a breeder in a few weeks. Solstice not only wants to train her pup for diabetes but wants to train her dog to alert to her migraines. However, Solstice isnt sure its even possible for one dog to perform alerts for more than one medical condition. What do you think? Is it possible for one dog to perform medical alerts for more that one disability?
Watch the video below to see if your dog can be trained to alert to more than one medical condition.
Migraine Alert Puppy Trainer – How Long Will It Take To Train An Alert In My Home
Ashley from Ohio has severe chronic migraines that causes headaches, light sensitivity, nausea, vertigo and vomiting. She is interested in getting a migraine alert dog but still has some questions about them. Her question has to do with how long it actually takes to train a migraine alert dog, whether that be an already trained one or one you train yourself at home.
What Ashley may not know is that as of today, Service Dog Academy has trained more migraine alert dogs than anyone else in the entire United States. And with that experience, has come a complete change in the way migraine alert dogs are trained. 4 years ago, it could take up to 1-2 years to train a migraine alert dog because the dog had to naturally learn what you smelled like prior to having your migraine. Now, Mary McNeight has developed a proprietary training methodology that has taken what was a one to two year waiting period for the dog to learn what you smell like prior to a migraine into a several week to several month training miracle. The technique we now use has been proven so effective that we have dogs as young as 3 months old, with less than 3 weeks of training already alerting to oncoming migraine attacks! This has NEVER been accomplished in the history of migraine alert dog training.
Watch the video below to see our answer to Ashley’s question and this weeks socialization item (hint, its something your probably using on a daily basis with your new puppy!).
Diabetic Alert Puppy In Training – Service Dog Vests, Do They Provide Public Access Rights In Your Community
Joanna from Telluride Colorado has our Medical Alert Dog Monday Question of the Week. In Joanna’s email she asks: “Hi. We are loving your program and our dog is responding really well. Myself (41) and my daughter (11) are both type 1 diabetics. What are the rules about a service dog vest on our puppy in training so she can begin to be socialized in markets and restaurants etc?”
Student Testimonial: “She has actually alerted my husband several times, including waking him from a sleep due to a high.” Peggy B, Diabetic Alert Dog University Student on just Week 4s online video!
Good question Joanna! This is a question asked of me by EVERYONE who wants to train their own dogs for service work. Its hard to raise and train your own puppy for medical alert work. Most people dont know this but the hardest part of training your own diabetic alert dog is actually not the diabetes alert portion of the training, its actually all of the public access skills your dog needs to have in order to behave like a service dog. This requires exposing your puppy to thousands of people, places and things it could potentially encounter in its entire career in the first five months of the dogs life. Its why we desperately need public access rights for all dogs and puppies training for service work, no matter their obedience or skill level.
Lets watch the Youtube video below where I give Joanna advice on how she can go about socializing her puppy.
So, now that you know the truth about diabetic alert service puppies in training and their socialization and public access rights, what do you think about the state of the current laws? If you were in charge, what would you do differently?
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