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My Pet and Me - Alert Dog

Discussion in 'Type 1 Diabetes' started by claire1991, Dec 5, 2017.

  1. claire1991

    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m sat watching My Pet and Me with my little one and they’ve got a Labrador on there who’s an alert dog for a little girl whose got T1.
    All the facts about T1 were right and it was so refreshing so see it done and labelled properly.
    Well done CBeebies!
     
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    TheBigNewt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    The fact they can train those dogs to detect hypoglycemia is very cool, I've always wondered how they manage to do that and how long it takes. And what one has to do to get one of those dogs. We have 3 dogs but they stay downstairs and we sleep upstairs.
     
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    Kazza63 Type 1 · Member

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    My daughters retriever woke me in the night when I was staying at hers looking after him. He was sleeping upstairs with me as I was alone in the house. He has alerted me in the day as well but I was treating it at the time. He hasn’t had any training
     
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  4. TheBigNewt

    TheBigNewt Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Wow. And how do you think he knows you're having a low episode? I think I could keel over dead and my dogs would probably just hop over me lol.
     
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    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    They’re wonderful! Twice in the episode she ran off to fetch the girls mum and carried her bg machine over to her. She was really impressive! Apparently she can tell when her bloods aren’t right by the smell of her breath changing!
     
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    catapillar Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, it's scent. If you are training a diabetic alert dog to be your service dog you have to "save" lots of your breath (I guess there's lots of breathing into bottles involved) when you are hypo so that they can plant it things to train the dog to react to the scent.
     
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    Mike D Type 2 · Expert

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    Doesn't surprise me in the least. Seen them even detect cancers, little wonder with their sense of smell, far above that of humans.
     
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    Circuspony Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    One of my horses was vile around me in the run up to diagnosis. I had very high ketones on admission and I guess she could smell I was sick.
     
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    Liftupjoe Type 1 · Active Member

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    Dogs are amazing my greyhound Amy always woke me up in the night if I was hypo, and she has no training at all she used to come up and rub her wet nose on mine and whimper so quite and I would wake up and be hypo, amazing I miss her so much now she has gone to doggies heaven.
     
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    Mike D Type 2 · Expert

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    I hope you have another one ... rescued of course :)
     
  11. lmc

    lmc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    My dog has woken me a few times when having a hypo
     
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    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    <------ This guy here...........complete waste of space, wouldn't even stir from his bed if we were all being murdered by an axe wielding mad man. :rolleyes:
     
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    Bluetit1802 Type 2 · Oracle

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    Our T1 friend told us it was cats that wouldn't leave him alone as they could detect something different about his breath or skin smell.
     
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    tim2000s Type 1 · Moderator
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    It's both breath and sweat - when I looked at trying to train one of our labradors, I was told that we need to capture our sweat whn low as well.
     
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    lmc Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    He is a very handsome boy though
     
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  16. claire1991

    claire1991 Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    I’m loving reading about all your pets!
    I have reptiles, I doubt my snake would be interested in my blood levels
     
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    slip Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    Cheers, that's all he's got going for him though..............oh and that he's part of the family and extremely loved!
     
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    EllsKBells Type 1 · Well-Known Member

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    @slip my aunt has two cavaliers, and one of them, we say that she would quite happily lead the burglar to all the valuables as long as they made a fuss of her first.

    More on topic, both of said cavaliers go nuts if my blood sugar is on the high side. They literally will not leave me alone. One time in particular I was visiting and I was at around 15, one of them would not stop nosing around my feet.

    Of course, it could be a coincience and I simply had smelly feet that day :D
     
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    Yes, my cat Spike, would always wake me up when I went low overnight. Sadly passed away a few years ago and I await Roscoe to learn this skill.
     
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    Liftupjoe Type 1 · Active Member

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