On Thursday June 3rd I found out that Liame, my service dog of 8 years, the dog that inspired the creation of this business, has an incredibly aggressive form of kidney cancer and has days to weeks to live. I will be shutting down the operations of Service Dog Academy to focus on his care, comfort and happiness with the time he has left on this earth. Please pray for us during this difficult time.
Our dogs do so much to light up our lives, its time we give some of that happiness back to them in the short time they have with us. I want to encourage you to share on facebook, twitter, a comment on the blog or in an email to me how you will personally make your dogs day a better one. More treats, more walks, more snuggles, more kongs. #CarpeLiame the day and make #TodayTheBestDayEver for your dog.
Luke and Leonard learning to ignore human food placed at nose level at the St. Louis Missouri Six Flags Over Mid America.
This Weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday Youtube Video question comes from a commenter on the website with the user name KinkyBear. KinkyBear is training her own medical alert dog and wants to know if she can feed her dog human food. KinkyBear didnt say whether or not she was only giving her dog human food during training or if she is scraping her left overs from her meals into her dogs food bowl so in this video so to be as helpful as possible with my free advice I will address both situations. See what this certified professional, award winning dog trainer that now lives in the Midwest near St. Louis Missouri has to say about this question in this weeks Medical Alert Dog Monday YouTube video!
Have you given your dog human food? Has it resulted in your dog displaying negative behaviors in your household or out in public? If so, what were they?
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.
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