Diabetic Alert Dogs assist children who have insulin-dependent Type 1 Diabetes
As with other medical alert dogs, Diabetic Alert Smart Pups are trained to smell the chemical body changes that occur as insulin levels increase or drop, and alert a child’s parents or guardian who can check blood sugar level and take appropriate action. Training Diabetic Alert Dogs for children means that we must train a dog that is unique in its ability to meet the needs of both the child with diabetes and the child’s family.
At Smart Pups we believe in early intervention and with the working life of an assistance dog around eight to ten years, we recommend that you apply when your child is around four years of age. In addition to the alert work, these dogs provide a measure of comfort for the child, increased self-esteem and confidence, a distraction during unpleasant medical procedures, and of course companionship. Our Diabetic Alert Assistance Dogs are trained to accompany their child at all times and is certified for full public access.