Diabetes Alert Dogs
Brooks Labradors Service Dogs™
Helping you Bring Hope Home
Diabetic Alert Dogs (more properly referred to as “Diabetes Alert Dogs”) are trained to recognize the “out of range” blood sugar levels experienced by a person with Type 1 Diabetes, and to alert him well before a life threatening seizure or blackout.
Diabetes Alert Dogs (DADs) are a relatively new addition to the Service Dog industry and truly amazing companions. Our Service Dogs are bred and trained to increase the quality of life for children and adults living with Type 1 diabetes, particularly those who experience “hypoglycemic unawareness.”
Normally, a person with diabetes can feel their blood sugar dropping or spiking. They may become light headed, drowsy or experience headaches. Diabetics that suffer from hypoglycemia unawareness do not readily feel the effects of a change to their blood sugar and are therefore at a high risk for life threatening seizures and complications, especially while they sleep.
Diabetes Alert Dogs can smell a diabetic’s blood sugar dropping or spiking out of range, and alert their diabetic owner/handler in advance of a crisis. Our dogs are trained to “alert” their owner to the onset of a change in their body’s chemistry and to keep alerting them until the condition is corrected or until they receive the help they need.
Our Diabetes Alert Dogs can help you and your family to enjoy a higher quality of life and safety. Through intense and specialized training, your DAD will be able to “alert” you to check your blood sugar and take corrective action. Owning one of our dogs can help you or someone you love in many ways:
- Sleep Through The Night – Your DAD can help you and your family to sleep safely through the night, knowing that your dog is trained to alert you in time to prevent insulin shock.
- Live A Normal Life – Live a more normal life by keeping your blood sugar levels “in range.” Your DAD can help you do this by alerting you throughout the day or night as needed, allowing you to live a longer and healthier life.
- Bring Stability & Relief – Your DAD will provide much needed stability and relief to parents that have children with Type 1 diabetes. With their desire to please, strong work ethic and intense loyalty, your dog will bring you or your child the companionship of a therapy dog with the stabilizing skill of a service dog.
- Gain The Comfort Of A Constant Companion – People may need personal space but dogs never do! These loving animals will follow you anywhere and everywhere you go. From early in the morning to late at night, your DAD will be an ever-vigilant friend by your side.
The Difference Between Brooks Labradors Diabetes Alert Dogs ™ And Monitors
Diabetes Alert Dogs are a living supplement to an existing diabetes management program.
DADs enhance the safety and quality of life of people with Type 1 diabetes who don’t sense the symptoms of a low blood sugar event.
Unlike monitors, a Diabetes Alert Dog’s ”batteries won’t wear out.” DADs are “on duty” all the time and are bred for this life mission. Our dogs are trained to alert you BEFORE a dangerous change in blood sugar occurs.
These dogs will persist in alerting a person until they wake up and take corrective action or until they get the help they need. Many people can sleep through a monitor’s beeps and alarms, especially as they become accustomed to a particular digital tone (much like sleeping through an alarm clock). It is much harder to sleep through the physical nudges and urging that our DADs are trained to do.
Owning A Brooks Labradors Diabetes Alert Dog™
Our top priority is matching the right dog with the right owner/handler at the right time. Not every dog is suitable to be a DAD… And not every person with Diabetes is a good candidate for a DAD. So we are just as diligent in screening candidates as we are in selecting a puppy from a specially bred litter.
If you are interested in being screened as a candidate for a Brooks Labradors Diabetes Alert Dog, please fill out our “DAD” QUESTIONNAIRE and we will follow up with you as soon as possible.
Brooks Labradors Diabetes Alert Dogs™Are Special
We recognize that having access to your Diabetic Alert Dog’s trainer is very important. That level of personal care is the primary reason we only produce a few DADs per year!
Brooks Labradors Service Dogs DADs receive a minimum 1,020 hours of training in basic obedience, scent detection work and public access work before it is paired with a new handler.
We proof our dogs on volunteers who have Diabetes, and who document the DAD’s live alerts in conjunction with their own blood sugar logs.
We are committed to the highest standard of ethics and training and collaborate with respected DAD trainers across the nation to stay current on the latest in training techniques and legislation. Brooks Labradors Service Dogs has also teamed up with other experts respected in their fields.
With a vision greater than ourselves, Brooks Labradors Service Dogs recently hosted a Diabetes Alert Dog Training Seminar attended by 42 trainers from across the United States, Canada, Australia and the U.K. This workshop was taught by Debby Kay, a pioneer in the scent detection field.
We are one of the few DAD Trainers who are also professional breeders. As a DAD Breeder/Trainer, we selectively breed puppies with temperaments suitable for Service Dogs use. From those special puppies, we then select puppies for our Diabetic Alert Dog program who demonstrate the greatest aptitude for DAD service. Breeding and training the most suitable puppies shortens the learning curve and maximizes training efforts.
We selectively breed AKC registered Labrador Retrievers to have the qualities that make an ideal Service Dog and specifically a Diabetes Alert Dog (DAD). Our puppies are sought by major service dog schools across the country, and we provide stud service (collect & ship semen) to Southeastern Guide Dogs in Palmetto, Florida.
Can your own dog be trained as a Diabetes Alert Dog?
Maybe... Not every dog has the work ethic, eagerness to please and the scenting ability to serve as a DAD. Additionally, service dogs must meet a very high standard of obedience to be allowed public access. If desired, we can assess your dog’s aptitude for DAD training. We do offer obedience training and scent training on monthly contract “board & train” basis. CONTACT US for more information.
Are you allergic to dogs in addition to having Type 1 Diabetes?
We do train Doodles purchased from a highly respected breeder for clients whose allergies do not tolerate Labradors but are able to tolerate “hypoallergenic” Doodles. Note: We DO NOT breed Doodles… But for some people with Type 1 diabetes, hypoglycemia unawareness AND dog allergies, they may be the answer. Be sure to specifically ask about these dogs if you have allergies. CONTACT US for more information.
Are you having issues with Diabetes Alert Dog you bought from somebody else?
Give us a call. Maybe we can help. We’ve helped some folks with a couple hours of training. We’ve remediated other dogs with a couple months of our Board & Train program. CONTACT US for more information.
A Message from The Brooks Family
“We just want you to know how special our dogs are to us and how important raising them in a loving family setting is to everyone…including our dogs. Hand-raised by our family of eight and trained with the care that only such an environment can provide, our puppies are sought after as guide dogs for the blind, therapy dogs and companion dogs across the USA.
“Each Brooks Diabetes Alert Dog™, bred and trained by our family, connects your family to ours in a special and meaningful way… As parents of six children ourselves, we are passionate about the health, safety and freedom of your children. It’s a personal thing!”
If you are interested in being screened as a candidate for a Brooks Labradors Diabetes Alert Dog, fill out our “DAD” QUESTIONNAIRE here. We’ll follow up with you as soon as possible.
Brent Brooks is International Association of Canine Professionals: Professional Member #3917