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Diabetic Alert Dogs

Having Diabetes is a life changing condition that many people suffer from in the world. Having a dog that can reliably alert you to your blood sugar level can help individuals regain their independence in daily life. LASD utilizes scent training to teach our dogs to accurately detect changes in blood sugar levels, often before automated devices can pick up on it. Having this degree of detection, always walking at your hip, gives many people the confidence to get back to activities that were once hindered. Little Angels works diligently to place dogs with those who suffer from Diabetes.

See below to learn more about how a Diabetic Alert Dog can help you!

Commands

Alert & Scent Training

First and foremost, we train our diabetic alert dogs in scent training. We focus on teaching them how to pick up the scent or rising or dropping blood sugar levels. Once the dog recognizes this scent, it is taught to alert the person. The dog may even be able to pick up on the change in sugar levels before the handler does, making it easy for them to mitigate the symptoms prior to any serious reaction.

Commands

Vest/Advanced Retrieval

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Sometimes, the diabetic handler may need their insulin and is unable to obtain it. To solve this, the handler can keep their medication in the pocket of the dog’s vest, and the dog can be taught to retrieve the vest from across the room and bring it to you, making it easier for you to get your medication in time without having to move.
Commands

Bracing for Balance

Some individuals with diabetes may experience issues with balance as their blood sugar levels change. In that case, we teach our dogs to ‘brace’ in order to prevent their handler from falling, or to help them stand up or sit down if they are not feeling well.

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Commands

Opening and Closing Doors

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Teaching the dog to open and close doors is helpful in the same way the vest and advanced retrieval is helpful. If the handler is unable to get to their medication, our dogs can be taught to make their way to a refrigerator, a cabinet, or another room, open the door and retrieve the necessary supplies.
Commands

Dial

If something were to happen, and the handler was alone and needed to contact emergency services or family members, our dogs can be taught to dial a button that immediately contacts up to 5 different phone numbers at the same time. An automated message would play on the other end, so that someone would be coming to help as soon as possible.

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If a pet isn't what you are looking for, consider applying for a service dog. Our 'Apply for a Service Dog' page goes into extreme detail about the process and will help you decided what path is right for you!

To submit an application select the link below. A non-refundable fee of $30.00 will be charged to ensure the commitment level of each applicant.

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