Can You Train A Diabetic Alert Dog With A Raw Food Diet – The Best Diabetic Alert Dog Training Techniques

//Can You Train A Diabetic Alert Dog With A Raw Food Diet – The Best Diabetic Alert Dog Training Techniques

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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.



  1. Carla K April 14, 2015 at 11:15 am

    Great to know – I have no problems using raw food for treats or touching them.
    Thanks for the information and pointers.

  2. Jennifer Scherschel April 15, 2015 at 1:17 am

    WOO HOO. So glad to hear you are using raw food for training. I feed raw and will be doing so with the dog I hope to soon be training – looking for a puppy now. You may wish to know that Nature’s Variety offers Freeze Dried Raw options in both treat form and kibble. These might be a nice supplement and work well in some of the kibble puzzles. Thanks for the tip about the fillable squeeze tubes.

  3. Pink Sunshine-Hay August 3, 2015 at 6:10 am

    Good morning Mary,

    I would like to be subscribed to your emails.
    Also, if I train my own diabetic alert dog, will I be able to get it certified as a service dog to wear a vest and take into places with me?

    Looking forward to your response??

    Thanks kindly,
    Pink Sunshine~Hay

  4. Glynna December 17, 2015 at 7:20 am

    I want to train my 14 week old great Pyrenees puppy to be a service dog for my diabetes. I don’t know how to start his training. Need advice please

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