A diabetic service dog will alert a diabetic to an impending shift in their blood glucose levels, giving them plenty of time to ascertain the gravity of the problem and take the necessary precautions or treatment. Early Alert Canines will alert in any location, under nearly any circumstances, and even wake their diabetic partners up in the middle of the night if necessary.
When choosing a dog to train as a Diabetic Alert Dog you must know something about their breeding. Certain breeds such as German Shepherds make excellent Diabetic Alert Service Dogs because they use their noses and are very loyal and very protective.
Balance problems. You may feel more unsteady than usual and uncoordinated when you walk. This occurs when the body adapts to changes brought on by muscle damage. Your dog is trained to walk close by your side so you can rest your hand on the dog’s harness to help you keep your balance.
The most highly trained service dogs are specially breed, socialized and trained from birth to 18 months when they begin their specialized service training. To properly train the dog to identify the scent and then work with a diabetic handler to properly alert, takes another 6 months to one year. That includes training the dog and the diabetic to become a successful alert team and also so that the dog can be properly accessed in public places.