When I first started entertaining the notion of a Diabetes Alert Dog, I really didn't know anything.
First, I thought the dog would only alert for emergencies. Man was that so wrong.
Second, I thought we needed an elaborate alert. Wrong again.
Third, I thought it was going to take a lot of training. She's done most of the work.
Dulce alerts when I just need to eat a bit early, or need a snack. Great solution – eliminates the wild grabbing of carbs, and I can be more thoughtful about what I was eating. Instead of a massive amount of carbs, just need a couple of lifesavers, or better yet, schedule an earlier lunch.
I thought we needed an elaborate alert, but really just need her to put her paws on my knee.
And guess who figured all this out.
Yeah, the dog.
Yes, it's taken a lot of training. Especially the day to day behavior stuff. But a lot of the alert stuff is stuff Dulce does naturally and I'm not sure that is true with most DADs.