Diabetic Alert Dogs
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Diabetic Alert Dogs

Diabetes is a life-changing condition that many people live with in the world. Having a dog that can reliably alert to 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 by your side gives many people the confidence to get back to activities that were once hindered. Little Angels works diligently to place dogs with those who are living with 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 of 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 handler living with diabetes may need their insulin but 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, making it easier for you to get your medication in time.

Commands

Bracing for Balance

Some individuals living 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 can enable the dog to make their way to a refrigerator, a cabinet, or another room, open the door and retrieve the necessary supplies in the case of a handler being unable to retrieve it.

Commands

Dial

In the case of an emergency during which the handler is alone and needs 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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