Diabetic Alert Dogs (D.A.D.)
If you are serious about managing your or your child’s blood glucose levels, you know it is a constant challenge. The payoff for your ongoing work with your DAD is that it can give you peace of mind and help you lead a more confident, independent life through better management of your diabetes!
Our Diabetic Alert Dogs (DAD’s) are specifically trained to detect and alert to the changing blood sugar levels (highs and lows) in Type 1 diabetics.
The constant fear that your child is going to have a severe low blood sugar episode and having to check to make sure he is still breathing in his sleep is overwhelming to say the least. You never stop worrying. This dog has transformed our lives. Recon was the missing link in Kyler’s care! He has given us what we never thought possible…peace of mind!” – Cassie G., Kyler, and diabetic alert dog Recon.
We start our puppies with basic DAD training at a very young age. Over an approximately 16-24 month period, they must pass high standards of behavior, health, obedience and skills training. They are exposed to a wide ranging variety of circumstances, people, animals, and places to help give them the confidence and self assurance they need to perform with distractions and to be good canine companions for a diabetic.
PawPADs strives to maintain strong continuing working relationships with our clients to ensure the dog’s long term success. After you are selected, we provide the support and training for you to have the highest possible chance of success with your DAD.
Please check out the basic D.A.D. placement criteria and process right here:
- Recipients contribute $3,500 toward their Diabetic Alert Dog.
- We place our dogs with those living within 250 miles of Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN.
- Applicant must be at least 12 years old and have adequate support from family members and aides. Children under 12 years of age may be considered on a case-by-case basis.
- Diabetic Alert Dogs are generally placed as the ONLY dog in the home, however, other pets are considered on a case-by-case basis.
- You must be able to meet the emotional, physical, and financial needs of the service dog and must offer a stable home environment. This includes providing the dog with appropriate exercise and grooming.
- Preference is for a home environment that has a safe, fenced enclosure area attached to the home to exercise the dog off lead.
- You must be able to attend and actively participate in the training and learning process required during team training. You must be able to attend a Partner Training Camp (PTC), to receive proper instruction on how to care for and work with your dog.
- You must also be capable of managing the dog once you are living together.
Your medical situation should allow you to work with the dog for several years.
- You must complete an intensive certification process, which includes a written final, an oral exam, and multiple dog handling tests.
- DAD placement, you must complete written evaluations on your dog’s behavior and alert record and, as needed, participate in further training lessons and evaluations given in your home. After 6 months, your partnership will be re-evaluated and, if appropriate, full ownership will be transferred to you.