Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog


by Rita Martinez, CPDT-KA and Susan M. Barnes, Ph.D.


Training Your Diabetic Alert Dog

by Rita Martinez, CPDT-KA and Susan M. Barns, Ph.D.

ISBN:  9780988850811

Publisher:  Rita Martinez and Susan M. Barns

Publication Year:  2013

Format:  Trade Paperback

Pages:  94

Form the back cover:

“The Scent of Safety

You can harness dogs’ amazing sense of small to manage your diabetes. Many dogs can perform this life-saving task, but they must be trained if you are to produce a reliable diabetic alert service dog (DAD). This book helps diabetics train their own dog with the help of a professional trainer, and explains step by step how to:

  • Select a great dog for alert work
  • Find and work with a qualified trainer
  • Understand how dogs detect changes in diabetic blood sugar levels
  • Train alerts and low/high blood sugar signals
  • Teach your dog to alert at night and in the car
  • Train other helpful skills such as Go for Help, trailing the diabetic, and retrieving useful items (glucometer, juice box, etc.)
  • Troubleshoot training difficulties
  • Locate additional resources on training & assistance dogs

And when you are done, you will experience the freedom that comes from knowing a canine friend is looking out for you.

‘We have long needed a clear, concise, knowledgeable handbook that explains the basis and training required for a diabetic dog (DAD): a dog who partners with a diabetic handler, and alerts that handler to dangerously high or low blood-glucose levels. Rita Martinez has expertise, experience, insight, lucidity, and commitment. Sue Barns has years of experience with service dogs. Together they have written a densely informative, highly readable book that is indispensable for anyone who wants to learn about DADs.’ ~ Lyn Oppenheim, author of Bugs in Writing

‘An excellent must have book for new and experienced teams, professionals, trainers and anyone considering getting a diabetic alert dog. Written by one of the most knowledgeable and respected scent trainers who is truly a pioneer in the field of diabetic alert and medical service dogs. I highly recommend this book for anyone in the field of DAD wanting to learn an effective positive training approach.’ ~ Lisa Kelly, PT, found of Dogs for Cures

‘Martinez shares her unique insights that only someone with her vast experience can. This book is a milestone in the field of diabetic alert dog training. Clearly written, it is an indispensable and eye-opening guide to the process of selecting, training, and living with a diabetic alert dog.’ ~ Nancy Weller, CPDT-KA, owner of Pawsitively Fabulous”

Additional information

Weight .15 kg
Dimensions 22.9 × 15.1 × .7 cm

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