Trial net is the name of a study that tests all 1st and 2nd degree relatives (45 years old and under) of type 1 diabetics. I have my children tested annually for auto-antibodies. This is a way that moms can have their children who are siblings of a type 1 (or a parent) tested annually, for free, to see if they are at high risk for developing the disease. If a person is found to be auto-antibody positive, they can be put in studies that may forestall or delay the onset of the disease.
Training Your Puppy to be a Diabetic Alert Dog
Training Your Puppy to be a Diabetic Alert Dog. My training manual is in
workbook format with links to online resources, training videos, recommended
products,how to use collect and use scent samples, forms to track
scent training,training checklists, and much more. 122 pages.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Friday, December 2, 2011
Friday, November 11, 2011
"Through A Dog's Ear is the most amazing CD for calming our DAD. Blossom becomes anxious when blood sugars are off at our house and can become difficult to settle. The science-based music on the CD gradually progresses to create a calming effect for your dog (and other members of the household!). The beautiful piano pieces are peaceful to listen to and pleasing to the human and canine ear."Our first experience with the CD brought noticeable results within 5-10 minutes, but now calms Blossom almost instantly when she hears the first few notes. Blossom loves the CD and will sprawl out by the speaker and slip into a deep slumber."I cannot live without this CD and have uploaded it to my phone and I-Pod so that it is available whenever I see the need. Highly recommended!"
Friday, November 4, 2011
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
- In Denver, Colorado a blind woman tried to hail a cab. The cab driver insisted that she put her service dog in the trunk of his cab.
- In South Carolina, a woman entered a restaurant, and the owner asked her to sit far away from the other patrons in the back of the restaurant at a less desirable table.
- In New York, a man entered a bus with his service dog and he was ridiculed and harassed by the bus driver because his dog “didn’t have a handle” and she knew it couldn’t be a real service dog.
- In Florida, a young man was denied entrance to a “big box” warehouse store because they “require papers on all service dogs and we keep records”.
Going somewhere with your service dog? Carry with you at all times a card that explains your service dog's rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Sharing these cards with anyone who questions your rights will, hopefully, continue the process of educating employees and owners of businesses:"If you are illegally denied access to or otherwise discriminated against in a place of public accommodation because of your service animal, stay calm. Explain that the ADA (or state law if it provides greater protection) protects your right to be accompanied by your service animal in places of public accommodation. If that does not get you admitted, ask to speak to the manager or supervisor. Repeat the explanation. If you are still not admitted, you can politely offer to call the police to have them explain the law."
There are many kinds of service dogs - not just service dogs for the blind - and they are ALL permitted in your place of business.
Monday, September 5, 2011
Virginia. Earthquakes. Hurricanes.
Madrid, Spain. Warm. Sunny.
It was an amazing journey when Sue Kindred, Siete (a 4-1/2 month old Labrador Retriever ), and I flew from Virginia to Siete's new home in Madrid, Spain.
We made it through check-in and security at Dulles International Airport fairly quickly with Siete. She was a perfect lady, taking the hustle and bustle of a busy metropolitan airport in stride. When we boarded, our assigned seats were part of a four-seat configuration that we had to ourselves. That meant that Siete had a seat of her own, with Sue on one side and me on the other. She slept curled up throughout the 8+ hour flight without a whimper or whine or potty break. What a traveler! After landing in Madrid, we sailed through customs and met Blanca (Siete's new Mom and T1 diabetic) for the very first time.
What a privilege it was for Sue and me to deliver this life-saving puppy. The video below was taken a couple of days into our visit. In it, Blanca teaches Siete the training protocol for visiting the ATM.
Friday, August 12, 2011
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Yes. Always give the hotel a heads up that you will be checking in with your service dog. The same rule applies if you are flying with your service dog. Call the airline when making your reservation and ask their guidance about the best seat, based on the kind of aircraft, for you and your dog.
Ask hotel staff for suggestions about where to take her. Service dogs need to be comfortable going potty on any surface, since there may not always be grass available. To practice, take your puppy out on your street or sidewalk for her first potty of the morning (do this a few times before your trip to make sure she okay with it). Praise and reward for going potty on pavement. And, of course, always bag and properly dispose of puppy poo.
When you make your reservation, tell them you are traveling with a service dog and ask for a room on a low floor near an exit. A dog past 4 months old, if pottied before bedtime, will not need a potty break in the middle of the night unless there is a tummy ache involved.
Depends on the age of the dog. Under six months, maybe every four hours or when the dog indicates she needs a break. Over six months, whenever the humans need a break or the dog indicates the need for one.
After a dog has all of her shots, rest areas are fine. They are usually kept pretty clean. Be careful of areas around fast food restaurants, gas stations, and such. There can be a lot of litter, even broken glass - things you don't want your dog to be around. Parks with hiking trails are a wonderful place to take a break, too.
Friday, July 8, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
June 25th, 9:56 p.m.In this example, I believe Shalom knew her boy was dropping. Based on this and numerous other things that happened during the week, it is pretty clear that Shalom is recognizing Jacob's fluctuating blood sugar levels. Her response is to stay close, "taking care" of her boy. If Mom isn't around, the puppy is understanding that Jacob needs something and is in the early stages of "getting help".
Shalom seemed very interested in Jacob (she smelled him, licked him and gave him a little nip). We checked. He was at 109. She wouldn't leave him. At 10:33 he said he was feeling low. I checked again and he was at 66. She wouldn't leave Jacob and she seems to come to get me when he's low.
Bravo to Jacob's parents for recognizing and noting Shalom's behaviors, then sharing their notes with their trainer. Great job everyone!
Dee Bogetti, Service Dog Trainer/Consultant
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
- All children with diabetes are medically safe at school and
- All children with diabetes have the same educational opportunities as their classmates.
Saturday, March 5, 2011
Yesterday Sugar was pretty amazing. We had gone to our favorite little lunch spot, ordered and sat down. Sugar went under the table as always and went to sleep. This is his habit, his proper behavior in a restaurant for months. Mom was with us and we both ate our lunch and started talking. At a point Sugar started looking at me and making whimpering noises. I thought he had to go out, so we slipped out the back door and I gave him a chance to "go", he did not and I knew he had taken care of that before we entered the coffee shop. So we went back in, again he went back under the table and laid down. A little bit later he looked at me and whimpered again. Mom and I started talking about him possibly being in some pain, as he acted really distressed, but just whimpered low a few times. It really was a pitiful little noise.
I needed to go to the bank, and since Sugar was acting "different" we decided mom would leave her car and ride with me, then Sugar wouldn't have to go in with me. When I finished at the bank and got back in the car, Sugar was acting distressed, pulling hard on his harness and trying to get to me in the front seat. He was able to stretch his zip line far enough to come up and push on my shoulder, pretty hard. Mom asked me had my sugar been dropping this morning, it had not, and since I had just eaten lunch, I really wasn't concerned that it was the problem. At that point I looked down at my CGM and it read 144, but with 2 arrows pointing down (the alarm was off?), which means my blood glucose was falling fast. Since the numbers on the monitor can lag behind actual BG, I pulled my meter out to check BG. It was then 111.
I started correcting the drop, waited about 5 minutes, and rechecked. My BG was 90. So I was on a quick drop down, and because of Sugar's behavior I didn't have to wait for it to go into the really low numbers to start correcting the problem. It was behavior I believe that showed he was aware I was "headed" for a quick drop, before it became low, and this is just what I need, and had wondered how to relay that to him in training. Well no need, he knows his business!
Sugar was 5 months old a few days ago, and has not officially started any scent training. I had started involving him in BG checks, and he had been watching me intently each time. We had started checking BG together as a team on Monday (Feb. 28th, 2011, 4 days ago) when I had 5 glucose drops (one to 33) in one day. Until that time I had been unusually stable for a few months. I attributed this to Sugar's presence and had found some information that oxytocin hormone (see below) is released in people who are in contact with a dog. I thought maybe that hormone was overriding the catecholamine hormones (flight-or-fight hormones) that we believe were reducing the glucose that I had circulating. (Oxytocin has a role in social behaviors in many species, and so it seems likely that it also does in humans. In 2003, a study showed that in both humans and dogs, oxytocin levels in the blood rose after five to twenty four minutes of a petting session. It is possible that this plays a role in the emotional bonding between humans and dogs). He also the same behavior last night and again caught a drop before it was low.
Sugar also lost one of his baby teeth. He deserves the tooth fairy to visit him tonight!!!
Sunday, February 6, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Saturday, January 15, 2011
- was well mannered for six straight hours.
- moved comfortably from classroom to classroom, through crowded halls, up and down the stairs, in the ladies' room, and in the elevator
- had no toileting issues - going potty outdoors on cue each time we took a break between classes
- did not try to interact with anyone but observed everything (gold star for that one!)
- never vocalized (no whining, barking, etc.)
- showed no anxiety when not in direct contact with Cassidy (they are bonded to the nth degree)
- Note: I handled Pepper most of the day so I could closely observe even the most nuanced behaviors. This meant we were sometimes seated next to Cassidy in the classroom, sometimes across the room. It also meant I took the pup on potty breaks without Cassidy. Separation anxiety can be an issue with service dogs and their handlers. I'm thrilled this is not an issue for Pepper.
- handled the chaos of an unexpected evacuation of the building (very much like a fire drill) beautifully
- was extremely cooperative in a tight space when I took her collar and vest off to crate her briefly during lunch
This was a stellar performance by a young dog. Bravo to everyone involved!
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
When questions concerning service dogs arise, I turn first to Federal law. The Americans with Disabilities Act does not specifically address service animals in the classroom. In general terms, access under the ADA applies to public areas of schools like the gymnasium during sporting events or the auditorium during a public fund raiser. Classrooms are usually not considered public areas. As with many laws, the intent of this one is murky - leaving it open for interpretation.
Virginia's Department of Education recommendations are more specific:
... the Code of Virginia, § 51.5-44 affords each student a near absolute right to be accompanied by a service dog in a Virginia public school; however, this right must be qualified, carefully weighed against the rights of other students who are equally entitled to receive educational benefits at the school. Furthermore, the right of the student to be accompanied by a service dog must also be weighed against the school division’s ongoing legal responsibility to operate, maintain, and supervise Virginia’s public schools.From my perspective as a trainer, I believe each case should be considered on its own merit. Children who are very young, emotionally immature, or severely handicapped may simply be unable to handle a service dog in the classroom without assistance from a third party. Following are a few things to ponder.
Will the child be able to do these kinds of things with a dog in tow:
- ride a school bus with his service dog plus a backpack and whatever else he's toting to school on a given day
- change classrooms quickly and efficiently
- eat lunch (dog + human food can = disaster)
- participate in PE class
- attend after-school programs
- go on field trips
- participate in fire drills
- If the child becomes ill or is injured at school and has to be taken to the hospital, what happens to the service dog?
- Is the service dog able to lay quietly for long periods without get antsy, needing potty breaks or being disruptive?
- Does the service dog have fear or anxiety issues of any kind like noise phobias (fear of thunderstorms, for example) or separation anxiety?
- Has the service dog passed a public access test?
- Has the dog been certified by a service dog trainer or organization
As service dogs become more visible, handicapped individual's rights will inevitably be challenged. It is the responsibility of everyone involved to ensure that each case be judged fairly and on its own merit.
And what has happened with the 12-year-old in Fairfax County and his service dog? According to change.org "Andrew Stevens can now bring his service dog Alaya to school with him".