Our very first candidate diabetic alert dog Maggie showing off what she is able to do by only 4 months of age!
After the success of a trial diabetic alert dog puppy board and train session during Christmas of 2011 the Service Dog Academy is launching a new program to provide already trained diabetic alert dogs similar to the Wildrose Diabetic Alert Dog training program. If you would rather receive a pre trained diabetic alert dog instead of spending the next year going through our train your own diabetic alert dog classes, please fill out the information below and we will get you on our list to be contacted when the program starts. Dogs should be available as soon as January of 2013 and will be for Type 1 and Type 2 diabetics over the age of 8.
Mrs Maggie, our first Already Trained Diabetic Alert Dog Candidate!
The puppies will live and be trained from 8 weeks of age in the hands of a graduate of Bergin University, the ONLY University level degree program for assistance dog trainers. From 8 weeks of age these dogs will be taken out in public every day, be obedience trained and worked with diabetic alert scent EVERY SINGLE DAY. Dogs will be delivered from anywhere between 8 to 10 months of age depending on the maturity level of the dog so that they can go through their first fear period in the hands of certified trainer to ensure they are enjoying their jobs and are suitable for service work in public.
We are not using the typical “puppy raiser” training philosophy due to the fact that our success rate is exponentially higher if a service dog candidate lives and trains 24 hours a day 7 days a week with a certified service dog trainer from puppyhood. Since this is such an intense training process, we will only be able to provide anywhere between 4 and 6 dogs per year.
Please be aware that purchasing a dog does not mean you will never have to train your dog ever again. You will have to continue training for the rest of your life in order to maintain the dog at the level at which we provide them to you at. These dogs need a daily commitment of at least 20 minutes of training a day to keep their skills up to date.
If you are just looking to purchase a dog and have him work perfectly all the time, we are NOT the company for you. Dogs are living breathing beings and will NEVER catch all of your lows and all of your highs. They are just meant to be another tool to help you manage your diabetes. They are not a be all to end all solution.
If you would like to be placed on the waitlist to receive a Service Dog Academy trained diabetic alert dog, please enter your info below. Please note, if you do not have the funds to purchase an already trained diabetic alert dog puppy ($20,000), do not request this service. We do not have any scholarships or grants available at this time.