Diabetic-alert service-dog training to be offered in West Seattle

November 10, 2010 at 12:09 pm | In Pets, West Seattle businesses, West Seattle news | 16 Comments

That’s Liame, who Service Dog Academy proprietor Mary McNeight says has been trained in a unique area of service-dog work: Diabetic alerts. Mary says a trained diabetic-alert dog might cost up to $25,000; a dog with this training can tell its owner they are going low “20 minutes before a meter can even register it – dogs’ noses are amazing feats of nature that can be easily harnessed to help their human companions take control of their diabetes.” She’s offering a 16-week, $650 class for regular dogs and their owners that “will teach the dogs to alert when blood sugar levels drop below 80, go retrieve sugary drinks to quickly raise blood sugar levels, go get a meter and if the need arises go get the help of a human companion or call 911.” According to Mary, this is the only training of its kind available in the Northwest right now. She trains not only service dogs but regular dogs/puppies at her recently opened training studio north of Morgan Junction; there’s more info on her website about the upcoming diabetic-alert training and who’s eligible.

16 Comments

  1. I love West Seattle. This is cool

    Comment by Rhonda — 12:16 pm November 10, 2010 #

  2. wow! that is amazing!

    Comment by visitor — 12:29 pm November 10, 2010 #

  3. That is the lovely dog I saw last night in their new(?) home/place of business. He is adorable!

    Comment by cali — 2:32 pm November 10, 2010 #

  4. thinking outside the box in west seattle! right on

    Comment by Melissa Parson — 2:36 pm November 10, 2010 #

  5. a quote from the guy who owns Chaco Canyon “I had no idea what a tight-knit community West Seattle is, it’s amazing … I don’t think there’s a community like it anywhere in Seattle”

    He’s so right…!!!!

    Comment by JanS — 3:29 pm November 10, 2010 #

  6. “What’s that girl? Timmy’s fallen down a well? On the old Wilson Farm? And his blood sugar is below 80? Let’s go!” Seriously though, this is a pretty awesome resource to have available.

    Comment by JB — 3:47 pm November 10, 2010 #

  7. As a mom of a type 1 child I find this amazing! I’ll make sure she has a dog like Liame before she heads off to college.

    Comment by Becky — 5:07 pm November 10, 2010 #

  8. I’m interested in information about diabetic alert
    dogs. My endocrinologist is also very interested.
    Information will be greatly appreciated.

    Comment by Carol Caldwell — 5:15 pm November 10, 2010 #

  9. What a wonderful service – thank you for sharing this story.

    Comment by pam — 7:29 pm November 10, 2010 #

  10. Can I give a plug to SDA? I started my adult pet dog training with Mary last week. This is dog training for the thinking person. It’s basically applied behavior analysis, which works with students as well as pets. Reward what you like, ignore what you don’t. Mary is smart, kind, patient, and the proceeds go toward training service dogs. It’s win – win.

    Comment by robin — 7:49 pm November 10, 2010 #

  11. Labs rule!

    Comment by Beth — 9:44 pm November 10, 2010 #

  12. If you do not have a dog, I’d like to share that Dogs 4 Diabetics is a non-profit in California that uses career changed dogs from Guide Dogs For the Blind’s Oregon and California campuses that they train to alert and then offer the dogs free of charge to qualified applicants. The recipients receive a dog (usually a lab or golden) who not only can alert but is well socialized and trained in obedience.

    This is just another way that these amazing dogs trained by our volunteer raisers through local puppy raising clubs (although they may not become a guide) are able to provide a life of service and companionship.

    Comment by Ruth Oldham — 4:36 pm November 12, 2010 #

  13. The problem with D4D is that there is a waitlist a mile long and they only train dogs for type 1 diabetics. Dont get me wrong, they turn out AMAZING dogs but if you dont have 2 years to wait or are a type 2 diabetic this is a much better option.

    Comment by Mary McNeight — 6:04 pm November 12, 2010 #

  14. I have the same question as Mary I am a type 2 Diabetic who ia on insulin. I have had diabetes for a year in half and my husband and I both wabt ne to have a dog. Because he cant pick up on my lows and for me to get his attention is really hard. I would like to know where someone like me could go and get a D4D or D.A.D.

    Comment by Patti Coffman — 7:49 pm November 14, 2010 #

  15. My name is Brianna and I own BriAir Kennels . We offer everything from obedience ,Tracking”seach and Rescue”,protection dogs ,police k9s , and medical alert dogs “Seizure and Diabetic”..( I offer pretrained diabetic dogs to meet your needs and at a fair price . All dogs are socialized , house trained ,and come with finished on and off leash obedience.. I do have a screening process and if interested please contact me at (304)561-7252 or briairkennels@yahoo.com) we are located in WV

    Comment by Brianna "BriAir Kennels" — 8:39 am November 16, 2010 #

  16. Caution: Diabetic alert dogs are becoming a big business and a lot of scammers are taking advantage of people. Before buying a diabetic alert dog from anyone, make sure you throughly research them, their name and their “organization”. If it was me I might go so far as asking for their SSN so you can run a multi state background check on them or hire a private detective to research them. If they want you to pay them thousands upon thousands of dollars, they better be open and honest with you about EVERYTHING.

    Comment by Mary McNeight — 10:11 am November 16, 2010 #

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