Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance
The mission of the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance (DADA) is to create an alliance between breeders, trainers, and consumers, offering resources on diabetes alert dogs. DADA is a tax-exempt charitable organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of the United States. Funds raised go to support research and education projects that align with the DAD Alliance’s mission and vision.
DADA has Reliable Resources
Amazing stories about dogs that warn their diabetic owners when there are dangerous fluctuations 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 diabetic as promised.
DADA Provides 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.
Do Your Research
If you have come to this page because you’re looking for a diabetes alert dog, you’ve come to the right place. Because there are no agencies to regulate the breeding and training of diabetes alert dogs or medical alert dogs, 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.
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.
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.
News and Events
Visit the news and events page for links to stories about DADs and their people. When we have news releases, we’ll post them there, too.