Migraine Alert Dog Training – How Long Does It Take To Train Your Own At Home

//Migraine Alert Dog Training – How Long Does It Take To Train Your Own At Home

Migraine Alert Puppy Trainer – How Long Will It Take To Train An Alert In My Home

Ashley from Ohio has severe chronic migraines that causes headaches, light sensitivity, nausea, vertigo and vomiting. She is interested in getting a migraine alert dog but still has some questions about them. Her question has to do with how long it actually takes to train a migraine alert dog, whether that be an already trained one or one you train yourself at home.

What Ashley may not know is that as of today, Service Dog Academy has trained more migraine alert dogs than anyone else in the entire United States. And with that experience, has come a complete change in the way migraine alert dogs are trained. 4 years ago, it could take up to 1-2 years to train a migraine alert dog because the dog had to naturally learn what you smelled like prior to having your migraine. Now, Mary McNeight has developed a proprietary training methodology that has taken what was a one to two year waiting period for the dog to learn what you smell like prior to a migraine into a several week to several month training miracle. The technique we now use has been proven so effective that we have dogs as young as 3 months old, with less than 3 weeks of training already alerting to oncoming migraine attacks! This has NEVER been accomplished in the history of migraine alert dog training.

Watch the video below to see our answer to Ashley’s question and this weeks socialization item (hint, its something your probably using on a daily basis with your new puppy!).

If you would like to work with the most experienced migraine alert dog trainer in the country, you can enroll in one of our medical alert dog classes, or schedule individualized SKYPE appointments from the comfort of your own home all across the world.

We cant wait to help you prevent your migraines from destroying your quality of life with the use of a task trained migraine alert dog!



  1. jo February 9, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    I like your presentation, I think it was the opposite of a lot of trainer videos, which become boring and their voices monotone, not upbeat or interesting so you fade away while they talk. One thing I would say I would change. Your last words…from my experience as a chronic migraine sufferer and dog trainer ‘I’d like to hear how it changed your day’ to ‘I’d like to hear how it changed your life’ because to have a dog alert for migraines would be a game changer to so many of us migraines sufferers. The earlier we catch the migraine the sooner we can take measures to keep it to a duller low and/or prepare those around us that support us through an episode taking it from a 3 day event to hopefully 1. Great work and keep it going, I’ll sure to be spreading the word here in Australia.

  2. Debby K February 9, 2015 at 5:16 pm

    Not sure about your use of the term backchaining as it does not fit the industry definition which is, “Training the last behavior in a chain first, then training the next-to-last behavior, then the behavior before that, and so on. Back-chaining takes advantage of the Premack principle.”

  3. Mary McNeight, CPDT-KA, CCS, BGS February 9, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I think thats a good point Debby. Thats what I get for trying to do things while still a bit sick.

    I use true backchaining in the vast majority of my training (retrievals of medication, juice, the actual alert sequence and dialing 911) because it increases the dogs desire to actually complete the task. My videos actually teach forward chaining first because, as you probably know, its hard for most students to understand a backwards chain before they know what a forwards chain is.

  4. Alice Sayers April 12, 2015 at 11:37 am

    I recently read about migraine alert dogs. I was wondering if you could give me any further information.


  5. Melissa Manross November 4, 2015 at 5:59 pm

    Is it possible to train a dog to be a migraine alert dog and an emotional support dog? I am looking to get a small breed dog, is there one that would be better for this situation?

  6. RobinAnn Carnecchia November 21, 2015 at 10:11 am

    Can a small dog be trained for multiple issues ? Issues such as : chronic complicated migraines, ptsd, anxiety, depression? How much does this costs? Are there certain breeds better suited for multiple issues? Small dogs like under 5 pounds?

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