Bogwoppit Posted November 24, 2014 Report Share Posted November 24, 2014 I had an idle thought this morning - has anyone here known of BCs working as Hypo-alert or diabetic alert dogs? And if not, do you think it would be potentially a good or bad idea to give a bc this job to do when at home? From my understanding, a trained dog will learn to smell and read body language when their human is beginning to hypo, or the start of a crash. Their application is varied, from people who live alone, to people who have 'unpredictable' diabetes. My OH is a diabetic, and is generally in very good control of his blood sugar. But as some of you will know or experience, things like colds, medication, exercise and infections can dramatically throw the sugar levels up and down. Sometimes there are hypos (conscious). And sometimes there are embarrassing conversations with train conductors about 50 year old men who forgot to bring emergency snacks on their 4hr trip... I was wondering if formally or home DVD training my potential BC to be an alert dog could be a good use of its faculties and focus when indoors, as they are such studious dogs. But could it also be a bad idea? I don't mean that I would be jealous for "my" dog to pay attention to another person, but could giving a lot of focus mean potential fixation and guarding in a border collie brain? Am I creating problems for myself by looking at this activity? I'm not looking for an all singing all dancing pet, I just thought this could be a unique learning activity, and would give the boyfriend a further reason to relate to the dog. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypo_alert_dog Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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