[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] "There is no question in my mind that he saved me." In 2015 Ross took our 4 Day Medical Alert Dog Class in Seattle with his dog Crush. 4 days ago, out of the blue, Ross calls me and recounts how his incredibly reliable medical alert dog alerted to a night time low he never expected. Ross wants to share with you how our class, his hard work and one very determined dog saved his life. Specifically how he "would not have woken up from that one" night time low. If you would like to hear his entire testimony, [...]
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[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] I personally know what it's like to suffer through a migraine. My migraines can be easily triggered by scents like perfume and cologne. Marshall from Kansas City Missouri has our question of the week. Marshall has had migraines for 6 years. He's done his research about Service Dog Academy and has found out that we have been training migraine alert dogs since 2010. Marshall called our office and I had to give him some bad news about the limitations that our students are having when they train their own migraine alert dog. As one of the premier medical alert [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Why can obedience classes cause your dog to be a less reliable alerter? Anya from Oregon has our question of the week. Anya has question EVERYONE who trains their own POTS Alert Dog or Medical Alert Dog has, should you obedience train your dog prior to taking medical alert dog classes. This is an important question because the order in which you train can have a significant effect on whether your dog will easily learn medical alert dog training or struggle, become frustrated and/or fail in being able to learn the difficult concepts that are instrumental in training a [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] What does Pirate Mary say about teaching an old dog new tricks? Independence from Cedar Rapids Iowa has our question of the week. Independence has a 3 year old labrador who has yet to show any sign of recognizing her hypoglycemia episodes. She has been told that if her dog has not supernaturally noticed her low blood sugars in the last three years that the dog will never be able to alert to hypoglycemia. Independence wants to know if her friends advice is true. See what we have to say about this so called advice her friend has given [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Homer, one of our Already Trained Diabetic Alert Dogs learning to focus at a football game. Service Dog Academy will once again be featured at a diabetes conference. Take Control Of Your Diabetes is having their annual conference in St. Louis this year and Service Dog Academy will have a booth at this wonderful learning opportunity. The conference includes educational presentations, a health fair and even a free lunch and snacks. If you would like to meet Mary and ask your questions about medical alert dog training you can meet us in the health fair program booths. The conference [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Homer and Imogene, two of our Already Trained Diabetic Alert Dogs learning to focus around distractions. Rachel from Michigan has our question of the week. Rachel is interested in getting a medical alert dog for her POTS (Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome). She is interested in one of our imprinted puppies from our next litter but has a question about taking her puppy everywhere while she is in school. She wants to know if there is some sort of law or regulation that states that once you get a service dog, do you have to take it everywhere with you [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Betty Lou an 8 week old Labradoodle puppy is still available for placement as a service dog candidate. Mason from Bloomington Normal Illinois has our question of the week. Mason has just received his new puppy and knows that if he is going to train it for service work he needs to socialize it to as many people places and things as possible. But Mason is having trouble managing his puppy in environments where he needs to socialize it. He wants to know if we have any tips or tricks to help him with socialization. I'm glad you asked [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] As a service dog handler who has been personally accompanied by a dog 24 hours a day 7 days a week for over eleven years, I have had just about every experience possible with a service dog right beside me. Ive been to football games and experienced the roar of a crowd as the winning touchdown has been scored, Ive been to amusement parks with two puppies in training in tow and squeezed myself and my service dog on an airplane more than 50 times. I was a newbie handler for the first several years of Liames life and [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] Leia is pregnant with first generation Christmas Labradoodle puppies. She is due to give birth around December 11th. This litter will be raise with the following criteria: Imprinted with diabetic alert scent from one day old (can be imprinted with migraine scent as well) Early neurological stimulation as developed by the US military's super dog program Environmental enrichment Avidog Early Scent Introduction Open Paws Minimal Mental Health Guidelines for puppies Beginning crate training Beginning potty training Chew toy training Beginning obedience training - sit, watch me, down, walking on a leash, etc Meet at least 100 people prior to [...]
[custom_frame_center shadow="on"][/custom_frame_center] 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 [...]