The following minimum standards are what the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance feels all diabetes alert dogs that are trained and ready to be placed should meet, whether they will be later trained and certified as a full service dog or not.
- Dog must pass a basic physical exam preformed by a veterinarian.
- Dog must be on heartworm preventive medication and be tested before placement.
- Dog must be on flea and tick preventive medication.
- Dog should be clean, well-groomed, and not have an offensive odor.
- Dog does not urinate or defecate in inappropriate locations.
- Dog does not solicit attention, visit, or annoy any member of the general public.
- Dog does not disrupt the normal course of business.
- Dog does not vocalize unnecessarily, for example, by barking, growling, or whining.
- Dog shows no aggression toward people or other animals.
- Dog does not solicit or steal food or other items from the general public.
- Dog must be comfortable in a variety of environments and be confident walking on a variety of surfaces.
- If the dog encounters a novel experience and reacts, it must recover quickly.
- Dog must not display fearful behaviors.
- Dog must respond to commands on the first ask 90% of the time in all public and home environments.
- Dog must demonstrate obedience skills by responding to voice and/or hand signals for sitting, staying in place, lying down, walking in a controlled position near the client, and coming to the client when called.
- Dog must be trained to perform at least 1 task that mitigates the person’s disability.
- Alert to low blood sugar.
- Alert to high blood sugar.
- Go get help (example: go to a parent or other adult), get medical bag, and an additional task.
- NOTE: the last task will be described by trainer.
- Dog must be monitored monthly for the first 6 months of placement to insure the dog and new owner abide by the DAD Alliance training guidelines, which may include the Public Access guidelines if the dog will be used as a full service dog.
- Owner identification: Ownership must have been properly transferred to the person/organization supplying the dog. This includes checking the dog for the presence of all microchip systems and tattoos and other accepted methods of determining ownership.
Diabetes Alert Dog Certification is Now Available
If your Diabetes Alert Dog is fully trained and ready to go public, consider applying to become a certified Diabetes Alert Dog team through the Diabetes Alert Dog Alliance’s new program.
Successful teams will be issued a certificate attesting that the team has met all the standards of an all-access medical alert dog trained to assist a diabetic.
See what’s involved on the Certification Overview page.