Making the decision to get a diabetic alert dog is one that requires consideration of several important factors For a diabetic, getting an alert dog can be the key to managing their health thanks to the immediate awareness of high and low blood sugar levels.
Tecla’s K-9 Academy is very particular about the standards used for selecting a potential diabetic alert dog. We are also very exacting in the process we use to train diabetic alert dogs, after all, the dog is responsible for doing a very serious job for their owner. Proper thorough training by a seasoned expert is vital for making sure that the dog is right for the job and has received the training and testing needed to take on the responsibilities of being a diabetic alert dog.
Tecla Walton is a validated expert in training diabetic alert dogs. In addition she has an inside understanding of the disease and the job the dogs must be able to perform as she has had Type I Diabetes for 30 years. Likewise, TK9 employee and Diabetic Alert Dog Trainer Keith Hupka relies on his dog to alert him whenever necessary, and it has saved him from having a dangerous blood siguar situation several times.
Tecla is adamant that anyone wishing to get a diabetic alert dog for themselves should consider a trainer that has both an intimate knowledge the disease and has certified dogs for various types of scent detection work. This is the only way to be sure that the trainer is knowledgable with regards to detection trianing and that the trainer understands the special conditions involved in training a dog to detect abnormal blood sugar levels. To her, it’s the difference that shouldn’t be left to chance, after all, it only takes one mistake by the dog to have a serious health issue–and that should never happen.