With the growing trend of people flocking to get diabetic alert dogs I have also seen a growing trend of bad ideas from people training their own diabetic alert dogs. Recently I was on an online forum and a young woman was asking questions about alerts for her diabetic alert dog. I know she said she wanted the dog to alert by barking.
I can't agree more. Sad part about using a beagle for a diabetes alert dog is that everyone DOES expecct her to bark at me.
Yes, beagles can be noisy. The ones that are ignored. I do have a very noisy beagle, but she's a rescue, and had to learn one volume to survive, and hasn't unlearned it.
I have another beagle, Macy, who makes noise when she is unhappy.
However, Dulce rarely barks, and when she does, I immediately drop everything to see what is going on.
Alert dogs should not be barking.