Welcome to Diabetic Alert Dogs of Florida. We are so happy you took the time to see what we are all about.
We are located in Northwest Florida .
A LITTLE ABOUT WORKING DOGS:
Dogs have been used as working animals long before they became companions/pets. Over the years dogs have been asked to perform many duties for their masters. The development of this relationship has allowed us to be able to use dogs as life saving tools. Service dogs that assist in many different areas have become more prevalent in the community. As our knowledge of dogs and their scent detection have grown, we are able to channel their abilities to suit a variety of needs. One of these needs that is just coming to the forefront of the medical community is dogs and their abilities to “sense” a rise or drop in blood sugar in people around them. This is due to their scent receptors in the nasal folds. A human has around 5 million scent receptors, a dog has about 200 million or more, depending on the size and breed. This fact makes their noses more accurate and advanced than any medical technology that we have today. Dogs can sense a drop/rise up to 20 minutes before a meter can.
Training a Diabetic Alert Dog is not an exact science. Every dog has its own personality and we have to alter our training to fit the dog. It is a long process but in the end all the hard work is worth it. We are always learning new techniques and ways of training this needed skill. There is no one that knows it all or has all the answers with this type of training. We often talk to other trainers who are working on the same things to get more input and ideas on training. This makes sure you get, not just a good trainer, but a trainer who will not hesitate to try new things and will be open to different ideas.
NAOMI (BETH) DUGAN
PHONE: (850) 423-1447