How To Train A Diabetic Alert Dog-There are countless Americans who suffer from diabetes, structure their lives around them, run a daily tightrope walk with blood tests, monitor the sugar levels and plan a careful diet. Don’t worry, it can be a bit easier, especially if you have type 1 diabetes, that’s where “man’s best friend ” can help. Dogs can be trained to recognize the fragrance of those who are hypoglycemia, which is low blood sugar and then, in turn, warns their owners.
And while it is certainly possible (and often recommended) to have a professional train your dog to detect signs of diabetes, here’s how you can do it yourself if you want to
1. No matter how sensitive the olfactory glands are, even dogs need a strong foundation of fragrance. At the beginning of the workout, the scent of low blood sugar may not be as appealing as your favorite chewing toy or playing with the children, you will need both time and patience. The trick (some call it a secret) behind the training of a dog is with the reward system, a treat if you do it right, the restraint of the tidbits if you do not.
2. Keep it simple and remember that no matter how cute or smart you appear, you are still dogs and have no person’s cognitive powers. Perform your training in areas with little distraction so that you can remain focused on you.
3. When your little guy starts to do things right (95% of the time), it’s only that you want to mix things up. You want to change your posture, the distance to each other, and then add distractions. Remember to always be patient, you try your best and want to please, you just can’t quite understand.
4. Over time and with practice you will want to introduce the difference between an alarm (your dog, “Hey, something is up) and a signal. A signal conveys (in the dog language) exactly what you are trying to say. If the blood sugar scent is low, you could swing your paw on the leg, if the fragrance is high, then the barking may be fine.
5. The chain…
While people can understand the complexity of complicated problems, dogs will need a little help. Keep your workout simple and focus only on one thing once you get the one right most of the time, then add in a second piece of the puzzle/workout. Once you get the second one, you’ll only be tying up the two separate things.
Properly trained diabetic alarm dogs have about an 85% success rate. You start to see the success after about 6 or 7 weeks, which requires that you have consistently trained and other factors are normal.
There are several variables that will happen in dog training, the health of dogs, their temperament, how engaged the coach is for the regimes, their teaching skills, etc. No one has a success rate of 100 percent, there are simply too many variables.
Diabetes is sure to bear a cross but can be dealt with a well-trained four-legged friend much more easily. They are not judgmental and their only desire is to help and offer love.