We drove Brayden out to College, along with his buddy Bella, driving away and leaving him there is hard enough as a parent, never mind that he is a diabetic. Without Bella we would have gone crazy with worry, she is the only thing positive for Brayden that has come out of the word diabeties. The Diabetic Alert Dog Training classes were the best investment we ever made They gave my sons story not a happy ending but a happy new beginning, a future You can’t put a price on that, it’s Priceless!
Robin from Indianapolis Indiana has a 17 year old Type 1 Diabetic child. She, like most mothers of children with diabetes, is worried about diabetes management in college. Like the vast majority of families with diabetics, Robin cannot afford to purchase an already trained diabetic alert dog for her son. Robin and her son will be training their own diabetic alert dog and want to know when is it the right time to start training a Diabetic Alert Dog for use in college.
I have actually helped to get several students off to college with a trained diabetic alert dog. The photo above is of Brayden and Bella, one of my Canadian students who came to one of my diabetic alert dog classes during his Senior year in high school. I have also helped several college students train a dog to alert to their diabetes while they were still in college. See what this weeks Medical Alert Dog Mondays Youtube Video’s answer is. Will I recommend you star training freshman year, during the summer or the week you start college?
Mary, great advise about dates and timings. 🙂
Mary, I think your timing on training and getting a puppy to go to college is great. My son is ending his sophmore year and we have a 13 week old shepherd mix puppy. She has learned to sit, come, lay down, stay, but still needs a little help with potty training. We take her out and most times does what she needs to do, but some times she sits and just looks at us. I say hurry up or go potty. Then when we get back inside she goes. But we will continue to work on it as well as reinforcing the other commands. When should I start scent training to pick up on lows? Also will you ever do any classes in South Florida or any part of Florida?
I think scent training should start as soon as you get the dog. Some people say wait until the dog is 2 years and is ready to be a full-fledged, safe-to-access-the-public service dog, but my opinion is, why wait two years when you could be getting alerts immediately? In the worse case scenario if the dog has to be dropped, at least you had 2 years of alerts from him!
If you want a class in your area, all you need to do is gather 6 paying students and I will come to your location to teach!
I’m a 46yo type 1 diabetic and would like to train my own dog who is 2 years old. Is this possible? Most information you are have given talks about “puppies”.