Smart Pups place Medical /Diabetic Alert Dogs with children who have insulin-dependent Type 1 Diabetes.
As with all medical alert dogs, Diabetic Alert Dogs are trained to smell the chemical body changes that occur as the insulin levels increase or drop. When a child is experiencing a high or low, their body is releasing chemicals that change their typical scent.
A Smart Pup is trained to respond to these chemical changes and alert the parents or guardian when this occurs. The parent can then check their blood sugar level and take the 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.
Our Diabetic Alert Assistance Dog is trained to accompany their child at all times and is certified for full public access.
At Smart Pups we believe strongly in early intervention and do not have a minimum age requirement. 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.