It's not a Trick, Just Good Puppy Manners: How to Train your Puppy to Take Treats Nicely Do you have "Jaws" in your home? When you reward your puppy or adult dog with kibble, do they tend to bite the fingers attached to it, too? In this video, Maggie, our very special diabetic alert dog in training and Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, BGS show you how to get your puppy to lick your fingers to get to her treats instead of chomping at them. In order to promote the best manners in your puppy, you must feed your puppy kibble by hand, [...]
How do you get a fearless dog? By great socialization training, of course! Socialization is a not only a key component of a well-behaved service dog, it's important for pet dogs, too! In fact, the number one reason dogs end up in shelters is under socialization. Socializing Puppies: The Service Dog Way To show how awesome well-socialized puppies can be, watch how two of our board and train pups, Cooper and Daisy, handle themselves around emergency personnel during a critical stage in their development. Mary McNeight, with the help of fireman Andy from Engine 32, and a bag of treats, proceeded [...]
Diabetic Alert Dogs from Oregon to Illinois Something incredible happened over Labor Day Weekend. Diabetics from all over the U.S. traveled to Service Dog Academy's training studio in West Seattle and participated in the first-ever intensive diabetic alert dog program. No longer is the hope of a diabetic alert dog, and the possibility of a more independent life with diabetes limited to just a few lucky parts of the country. With the combination of the Diabetic Alert Dog University online training videos and 4-days of concentrated in-person learning, hard-working diabetics from Oregon, Texas, California, and Illinois learned the techniques to train [...]
After last years amazing success, Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS was once again chosen by the ADA to a present at a breakout stage during the 2012 American Diabetes Association's Expo. The presentation, titled Diabetic Alert Dog: Myth vs. Reality went over the myths bunked by her experience with her diabetic alert dog training classes, seminars and workshops that have seen 23 successful medical alert dogs graduate to save their owners lives. Our Diabetic Alert Dog classes that serve Type 1 & 2 diabetics and hypoglycemic students have helped take the $20,000 price tag off of the trained diabetic alert dog.
Our basic pet puppy classes which are held in our West Seattle Dog Training Studio are a great way to get your dog used to be handled in stressful situations. Our puppy class not only deals with obedience, manners, puppy play and socialization, we deal with how to make your dog a better household member by accepting petting and physical touch, even when they want to bite, nip and squirm.
Cooper’s Puppy Manners, Obedience and Diabetic Alerting Impress Seattle Diabetes Crowdinflatable abominable snowman by Tracy Walsh A beautiful Seattle day brought us through gridlock traffic to Seattle’s Phinney Neighborhood Center on the afternoon of March 24th. We were there to represent the Service Dog Academy at the 22nd Annual ADA Family Retreat. The Annual Family Retreat is just one unique way that the American Diabetes Association realizes their mission - to prevent and cure diabetes and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. The ADA Family Retreat is the leading diabetes education and awareness program for families with [...]
In our basic Seattle puppy kindergarten classes we cover, socialization, manners and obedience training using non-violent, positive reinforcement, training techniques. We help you set your pet puppies personality just like that of a service dog. Our State Certified Professional dog trainers and behaviorists will show you how to harness your puppies innate nature to bring out the dog you have ALWAYS wanted.
With four trained diabetic alert dogsin the studio audience at the live taping of New Day Northwest, Seattle's local morning talk show featuring musicians, artists, chefs, and other notable newsmakers, it was a relief none of the dogs alerted during Margaret Larson's interviews! Instead, it happened before the cameras started rolling. In the studio audience to support Mary McNeight's appearance promoting the Pacific Northwest's only train-your-own diabetic alert dog program at the Service Dog Academy, Judith began to experience a blood sugar crash. Judith is one of the 25.8 million people in the United States afflicted with diabetes, and has trained [...]
Shaking, sweating, feeling dizzy, nervous, and confused, not being able to sleep or concentrate, according to the National Institute of Health, are symptoms of clinical anxiety; Nearly 40% of students at The Service Dog Academy who come in to train their pet dog for service work come in for psychiatric or anxiety related symptoms, says Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA owner and head trainer at the West Seattle dog training school. It wasn't until a fateful day during one of the first train your own diabetic alert dog classes that Mary made a connection between hypoglycemia and anxiety, and realizing for many of [...]
Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, owner and head trainer of the Service Dog Academy shared some of her diabetic alert dog training fundamentals in a free webinar earlier this month with attendees from all over the country. With her background in training service dogs, and seeing the effects of diabetes through personal experience and with family members, McNeight set out to make training dogs for diabetic alert accessible for everyone. Attendees from all over including Denver, San Antonio, Anaheim, Brooklyn, Michigan, Virginia, and New Jersey also got a sneak peak at Diabetic Alert Dog University - the next phase in McNeight's quest for [...]