First National Testing Standard for Diabetes Alert Dogs is Established
HARPERS FERRY, WV (Jan. 31, 2014)—Diabetes alert dogs (DADs) are often in the news for warning their people about dangerous glycemic lows and high. But until now, there has been no national testing standard to assure these dogs are properly trained and reliable as service animals.
The world-renowned experts at the Penn Vet Working Dog Center and canine professionals affiliated with the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance worked together to develop rigorous standards to assure that these medical alert dogs, vitally essential to their diabetic handlers, are capable of both warning of a fluctuation in blood glucose levels as well as behaving properly in public as all-access service dogs.
Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance Offers Reliable Resources
Amazing stories about dogs that warn their diabetic owners when there are dangerous fluctions in their sugar levels are all over the news and Internet. Unfortunately, as these stories drive demand for diabetes alert dogs, or DADs, the number of credible providers remains small.
Some people, often parents of the smallest and most fragile children with Type 1 diabetes, have unwittingly fallen prey to unscrupulous or inexperienced DAD providers. They found themselves left with animals that cost thousands of dollars yet were utterly incapable of alerting on the patient as promised.
DAD Affiliates Meet Strict Standards
To protect consumers from situations like these, the DAD Alliance has set very high standards for performance and training of these dogs. All DAD Alliance affiliates must meet the Alliance's high standards of integrity and ethics. By agreeing to our rigid testing criteria, consumers can have confidence in the quality of the dogs they receive. Having your dog's public access test and scent testing reviewed and evaluated by experienced third-party canine professionals assures you that the dog you are purchasing is doing his job correctly. It will give you peace of mind that you are getting what you are paying for and that your loved one is paired with a competent service dog.
See the press release announcing the organization of the DADA here.
Do Your Research!
If you have come to this page because you’re looking for a Diabetes Alert Dog ... well ... we think you’ve come to the right place.
Because there are NO agencies to regulate the breeding and training of DADs, your best defense is to educate yourself.
Ask for credentials. Ask for pedigrees and health test results for the pup and its parents. Ask to see a dog they've bred or trained doing its job. Ask what the contract covers. Ask questions until you're completely satisfied—and then ask for all the guarantees to be in writing.
If you are still not sure, ask us. We are here to help your journey to find a DAD be a success.
Service dog Jenna is a Sheltie who has been faithfully helping her owner manage her blood glucose fluctuations for about 7 years.
Find a Trainer
The DAD Alliance provides a list of professional trainers and their contact information
in an effort to help people find someone to help them obtain a DAD. more info
Diabetes Alert Dog FAQs
What is a diabetes alert dog? The DAD Alliance has collected some of the most frequently asked questions, from "What is a DAD?" to "Can I train a puppy myself?" and answered them for you. more info
News & Events
Visit this page for links to a few news stories about DADs and their people. When we have news releases, we'll post them there, too. more info